Here’s a good article on luxury kitchen ideas by Sean McEvoy and Felicia Feaster for HGTV.
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What defines a luxury kitchen? Explore the options for luxury kitchen design, and prepare to create a best-in-class kitchen in your own home.
Luxury kitchen designs tend to combine the highest-quality materials, leading-edge technologies and top-of-the-line appliances (and, like it or not, a heaping helping of budget) to create magazine-worthy kitchens.
If you’re contemplating a kitchen remodel or installing a new kitchen, and budget isn’t your second, third or even a top ten concern, you’ll definitely want to explore the wide range of options available for luxury kitchens.
Features of a Luxury Kitchen
In terms of appliances, accessories and cooking and cleaning implements, the sky is the limit in many luxury kitchens. Double-door refrigerators, double and triple sinks, ranges with row upon row of burners and fast-cooking, high-tech ovens are all common features. Adding a Rolls-Royce of ranges (Aga, La Cornue, Thermador, Bertazzoni Heritage) shows you are a serious foodie with the bank to invest in luxury cooking implements.
Traditional, Contemporary and Modern Style
While no particular style is more common for luxury kitchens than another, some seem to naturally lend themselves to a luxurious approach. Traditional, contemporary and modern style kitchens are common in luxury homes, although if your budget will accommodate a luxury kitchen design, no one’s going to stop you from creating one in a rustic, country or farmhouse style.
Luxe Materials Like Marble + Granite
Materials for luxury kitchens tend to be high-end, durable and attractive. Countertops are often granite, backsplashes may be as well, or they may feature custom tile work in mosaic, subway or other styles, to add visual interest.
Luxury Woods + Custom Cabinetry
Luxury kitchen cabinets are usually similarly high-end, often custom-made from expensive woods like cherry or ebony. They typically feature durable high-quality hardware with expert interior construction. Traditional cabinet doors may feature intricately carved faces or molding, while modern and contemporary styles will be sleek and unadorned — often featuring no-hardware opening — but boast similarly sturdy construction and expert craftsmanship.
No longer content with just one island, the luxury kitchen features two with room for eating and food prep and an abundance of storage. Super-sizing your island also ups the luxury factor, adding more work space and a sense of drama.
A custom range hood rather than a standard stainless one not only adds a bespoke detail, it can coordinate beautifully with your hardware, lighting and other features for design cohesion.
Gorgeous designer or imported light fixtures, especially when hung in multiples, give visual impact to your kitchen.
Keeping clutter hidden and your surfaces sleek means you have plenty of space to store items and value aesthetics above all.
Touchless faucets, charging stations, smart refrigerators and built-in iPad and television screens bring efficiency and connectivity to the kitchen.
Plenty of Built-In and Purpose-Driven Storage
Custom-space for everything from paper towel rolls to spices and cleaning products is the ultimate luxury in our organization-obsessed age.
A built-in deep fryer, a wine or drink refrigerator, mutiple freezer drawers, an espresso station, a brick oven, are all ways to adapt the kitchen to your needs and set your kitchen apart from your neighbor’s.
Custom cabinentry that keeps refrigerators and small appliances out of sight continues to be a way to give a high-end kitchen a sleek appearance.
All that glitters is an important aspect of turning an ordinary kitchen into a luxurious one. Gold and metallic touches on range hoods and light fixtures, mixed metals and shiny surfaces all add glamour to your kitchen’s look.
Double islands, double sinks, double ovens all add up to a kitchen built for maximum efficiency and luxury.