The kitchen is the heart of the home, and as such, it’s becoming more like a living room than an enclosed space to prepare food. The kitchen is a seat of togetherness, where families talk during the day and during meals. It’s also a space for entertainment.
There’s a world of difference between a poorly designed kitchen and a well-designed kitchen. A luxury kitchen design is made up of many components that come together to create a unique and special space for an individual home. These components include appliances like range hoods, ovens and refrigerators, and interior décor like cabinetry, paint, countertops, lighting and back splashes.
Continue reading to learn more about each component that makes up a luxury residential kitchen.
Appliances for the Kitchen
Every modern kitchen needs up-to-date appliances that offer the latest technology, whether they are concealed in the kitchen or not. The following goes over some of the trends in modern kitchen appliances popping up in contemporary home kitchens.
Ideally, every new appliance should be easy to clean and have a long life. They should also be compatible with the person using them. Someone who does not cook often may not need the latest, state-of-the-art oven.
One trend is to have more than one oven on hand for clutter-free cooking and reheating. The latest ovens use convection steam, which allows for faster preheating; faster cooking; and capabilities for sautéing, simmering, boiling, baking and roasting in the oven.
MES301HP MasterpieceTM Steam and Convection Oven
The refrigerator emerges with a double-door and drawers that look like cabinetry. High-end models include smart features. A serious home cook may choose to install a walk-in fridge.
Samsung 4-Door Refrigerator with 8” Wi-Fi Enabled LCD
The range hood, which often becomes the focal point of a kitchen design, can vary in very simple and highly decorative styles. The mounting styles include wall mount range hoods, under cabinet range hoods or island range hoods.
Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2-30 30” Wall Mount Range Hood.
Dishwashers are becoming larger, and kitchens often feature more than one. Like cooling drawers, there are also dishwashers that look like drawers that blend in with the cabinetry and make the kitchen look seamless.
The kitchen range is becoming larger with multiple burners. Ranges that are 48” to 60” wide are becoming more common, and more ranges are being installed on the kitchen island. The range on the kitchen island takes the home cook away from the wall and allows him or her to socialize with the rest of the family. This is especially true if the kitchen has an open layout; the cook can face the living room and possibly a television that the rest of the family is enjoying. If the range is on the kitchen island, an island range hood will have to be installed.
48” Wolf Gas Range
False drawers hold convenient microwaves, cooling drawers or heating drawers. These streamline the kitchen and make it look more seamless by hiding these convenient tools. The warming drawers are perfect for keeping food for a large meal (like Thanksgiving dinner) warm. Some warming drawers come with trays that double as serving trays.
Microwave Drawer from SHARP
Other popular luxury kitchen appliances include wine dispensers, built-in cappuccino makers and wine refrigeration. Additionally, appliances are more likely to include smart capabilities that are controlled via cell phones and tablets.
Interior Décor for the Kitchen
We alluded to it earlier in the section about kitchen islands, but the kitchen is becoming an open space that becomes one with the rest of the home. The kitchen is no longer closed off from the other rooms and areas, and people working in the kitchen can interact with other people in the home. As a result, kitchens are becoming almost as luxurious as living rooms. The kitchen is also a seat of entertainment, and thus, people expect finely designed kitchens to match these needs.
In kitchen design, custom cabinets that reach to the ceiling create an elegant aesthetic. Kitchen countertops are often constructed out of natural stone, including granite and marble. More affordable choices include formica. Other popular choices include soap stone, stainless steel, wood, quartz and concrete.
In addition to looking good, the kitchen should also have ample storage space for equipment and groceries. A hanging kitchen pot rack can become the center piece of the room. Some families request larger pantries, and/or walk-in pantries, for stocking supplies.
The above Tuscan kitchen design includes an excellent example of a kitchen backsplash. This one-of-a-kind back splash features a painting above the range of a vineyard. The back splash underneath the cabinets features a nice design of brown, green and white tile that subtly pops against the coffee colored paint on the walls.
Other trending choices for constructing back splashes include tile, metal, glass tile, wood, limestone, marble, chalkboard paint, river rock and recycled glass. Contractors may create a unique back splash above the range with a piece of leftover marble from the construction of the countertops. In the tile category, many back splashes are made out of mosaics, handmade tile or subway tile arranged in a herringbone pattern.
The Tuscan kitchen above also features a large fluted front apron sink. The white sink matches the back splash and blends into the kitchen. Large, apron front sinks are very popular in kitchen design. Stainless steel sinks are durable and affordable. Other home owners may choose a porcelain or cast iron sink. The home owner may also decide on a multiple bowl sink if it is needed in his or her cooking routine.
Interior designers know that lighting in the kitchen is of the utmost importance. Lighting can change the entire look of the room, including the color of the kitchen cabinets to the eye. Task lighting and multiple layers of lighting are also important for the kitchen. It’s important that the home cook be able to see what they’re doing in different areas of the kitchen and at different stations. Note the recessed lighting in the ceiling of the kitchen pictured above. Also note the hanging light fixtures above the kitchen island and the accent lighting above the range.
The kitchen island in the contemporary kitchen above has multiple drawers along the side that add to the kitchen storage. These drawers also have long handles that double as towel racks. This unique kitchen island opens up to create more counter space. The stainless steel countertops and island range hood create a clean and professorial look. The playful green paint on the ceiling helps make this space feel like a part of the rest of the home. Note the double ovens on the wall in the back and the hidden cabinet behind the sink. There is also an adjacent dining area for the use of a family meal or for entertaining guests.
The modern kitchen above is stylish and fashionable. The green/blue cabinets and the chalkboard cabinet doors invite a creative element into the space as well. Chalkboard paint can be used to make a back splash interactive or cover an entire refrigerator. It can also be used to paint an entire wall adjacent to the dining area for sketches, doodles, calendars, recipes and notes. The dining area in this kitchen is inside of the kitchen itself, which encourages families to spend time with each other as they prepare food in the kitchen. Oftentimes, an interior designer will place a couch next to the kitchen for a nearby area for relaxation. Other luxurious features in this interior design include a large fridge, oversized lighting and a kitchen cart on the right-hand side. The kitchen cart adds more convenient counter space and storage space.
The majority of luxury kitchens are all-white. Recently, designers have begun to create darker colored kitchens, but white remains the most popular color choice. Note the multiple faucets located on the kitchen island in the kitchen pictured above. These decorative plumbing fixtures have a single handle. Chrome is the most popular material for faucets, followed by polished nickel, bronze finish, brushed nickel and pewter. Other faucet features in luxury kitchens include motion-less technology for ease of use and hygiene, spray arms, pasta arms, hot water dispensers and built-in water filters.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, interior designers are creating more dark colored kitchens, which feature blacks, browns and grays. These colors create dramatic effects, which are quite glamorous in a luxury kitchen. The black cabinets, which cover the entire wall, with silver door handles, create a big impact and are the focal point of this interior design. This kitchen is also outfitted with a Viking fridge and two ovens. The kitchen island includes a sink with a beautiful faucet and stools for a spot to sit and eat. The adjacent dining table has matching black chairs with a unique design and a table runner printed with fun zebra pattern.
We hope this close look at the components of a luxury kitchen design has inspired you in your own home remodeling projects, whether you are completely renovating your kitchen or simply thinking about upgrading your appliances.