We all know the kitchen is the heart of the home, but it’s also the place we most often play it safe design-wise. And with good reason—go too trendy and it looks outdated in a few short years, lean too run-of-the-mill and it tends to read cheap. At the Jersey Shore, whether in a country estate in Colts Neck, or a beach bungalow in Lavallette, MAC Builders make any kitchen take the leap from ordinary to magnificent without breaking the bank. These easy concepts—from wall treatments to displayed items—will make your kitchen look and feel more luxurious.

Your kitchen isn’t a dive bar, now is it? Substitute those backless, uncomfortable stools with a more inspired seating option, like these chairs at your kitchen island.


Just like you would treat the other surfaces of your home, show off your favorite tabletop objects on your kitchen counter-tops. All the better if they feel like family heirlooms (even if they’re thrift store finds!).


Adding mirrors to unexpected surfaces (e.g. a back-splash or cabinet doors) helps reflect more natural light and creates the illusion of a bigger space–which is always a good thing.


If you can’t commit to a whole wall, try lining a hutch, china cabinet, or kitchen drawer with just a small sampling of wallpaper. This little detail will add a pop of pattern and color to often overlooked spaces and won’t break the bank.


Visitors are always gathering around a humming kitchen, so why not give them something unexpected to look at? Adding a small collection of casual art pieces creates an instant focal point for conversation.


Posted On: March 12, 2015