We’ve previously hunted out cheap but expensive-looking accents for your bedroom and your bathroom, and now it’s time to look at the kitchen. For first-time buyers wanting to deck out new digs or a renter looking to add a personal touch, we’ve scoured Amazon find the best cheap (but expensive-looking) accessories. Below, everything from an Art Deco–ish cafetière to a sophisticated-looking knife block.
This extra-large (45-by-30cm) cutting board, made from naturally bacteria-resistant bamboo, is the right size to double as a cheese-and-charcuterie board for your next games night. Unlike plastic, it won’t warp over time.
Denby used to be your mum’s favourite aesthetic, but now the Derbyshire-based crockery company is kind of heritage. This simple set is now 20% off, so you can get some grown-up plates for Ikea prices.
Stelton are known for their vacuum flasks, but their cafetière is a stylish accessory in its own right.
Not only do these pastel-coloured plates look nice, but they’re made from wheat fibres, so they won’t break if you drop them.
The secret to buying knives is that unless you’re a butcher, you just need a couple of all-rounders.
These La Cafetière espresso cups in a pale-pistachio shade look premium enough to have come from Nook in Stoke Newington.
Bonus points: This oil comes in a fancy canister you could use to store utensils.
We’re big fans of enamelware at the Strategist, not only for its looks but because of its affordability, too.
Perfect for water or a cocktail, and a ridiculously good price, too.
Keep your morning coffee as simple and minimalist as possible.
The ribbed detail on this hand-blown carafe-and-tumbler set are especially nice.
A more interesting-looking alternative to the standard pestle-and-mortar sets you see in people’s kitchens.
For those who want to open bottles with a little bit of flair.
Egg timers don’t just have a job to do in the kitchen — but they look good doing it, too.
Alessi also do a spaghetti measurer that looks like a Henry Moore sculpture.
Watching fruit teas steep in this teapot from Kinto would be mesmerising.
This splatterware-y option is also nice and has a whiff of ‘found it in the Tate gift shop’ about it.
Hay make everyday things look luxurious, like these brass-finished stainless-steel scissors.
These soft linen napkins come in colours like lavender and coffee, but we think the army-green ones are the nicest looking. These come in a set of 12.
We like the shape of these wineglasses.
This kettle manages to look high-tech and high-end while still being easy on the wallet.
No bar cart is complete without a shaker that looks like it was swiped from a cocktail bar.
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