The kitchen of your home is the heart of
family gatherings for meals, parties, coffee, and important conversations. As
the focus of so many activities, you want to mix style with practicality to
achieve the height of comfort and ambiance. Below are some excellent
suggestions for creating the perfect mix of elegance and utilitarian design.

Install pot filler faucets.

Toll Brothers recommends adding a pot filler
to any kitchen as an excellent way to make the cooking experience easier. Chefs
and novices alike love this high-end aid that eliminates much of the need to
carry heavy pots of water to your stove after filling them up at the sink. By
installing a faucet above the stove for this purpose, cooking becomes much

Considering that large kitchen pots can weigh
as much as 30 or 40 pounds in some cases, the idea of a pot filler faucet is a
true luxury design amenity whose time has come. While the installation process
isn’t difficult, using a plumber for this project makes sense.

2. Make
upgrades to comply with ADA guidelines.

Life is unpredictable, so it makes sense to
prepare for every possibility. American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in
your kitchen means that if you or a family member becomes dependent on a
wheelchair, you will be able to use the kitchen with ease. Meeting ADA
guidelines also means that your home will appeal to many more buyers when you
decide to sell it.

recommends using a single grip faucet that makes operation
user friendly requiring the use of only one hand. Additionally, there are
hands-free options worth considering when making ADA compliant design choices.

Countertop heights should be placed at a
height of between 29 and 36 inches to accommodate a wheelchair. Sinks should be
shallow so that they are easy to access by someone who is wheelchair-bound.

When designing the kitchen, it is important to
provide at least a 40-inch passageway in width. In kitchens where a wheelchair
can not simply pass through but must be able to turn around, then a 60-inch
kitchen width is required. ADA kitchen sinks and faucets are also
available to allow for more knee space and to improve reach.

Replace your traditional stovetop with an induction cooktop.

Bob Vila touts the benefits of an induction
cooktop as an amenity worthy of a luxury kitchen. One of the main benefits of
this type of cooktop is that it heats up much faster than electric and gas
stovetops. Another benefit of these cooktops is that you can use two cooking
zones to accommodate wide cookware that would not fit on a single burner in
traditional stovetops.

Install built-in coffee bar.

HGTV suggests a built-in coffee bar as a
kitchen upgrade that is certain to impress. Imagine having your own private
space with all the coffee accouterments found in your favorite coffee shops. A
complete bar would include a high-end coffee machine of your choice and your
favorite gourmet coffee brands. An espresso machine and French press round out
your brewing options for a full-service bar.

The bar should have room for mugs, sweeteners,
and creamers too. Coffee lovers are sure to enjoy having everything they need
in one organized spot.

5. Add
lighting features.

Upgrading the lighting in your kitchen can
bolster the appeal of your space creating an electrifying impact that is
difficult to replicate. There are many options to consider.

One popular choice is to use recessed ceiling
lights. These lights can be arranged in different patterns for an artistic

Chandeliers are another way to go. As a
dominant fashion statement, a chandelier tends to establish the style for the
rest of the room. That’s why it is so important to be discriminating when
making your selection.

Under-cabinet lights serve a dual purpose as
both practical and attractive. It is much easier to prepare food when the
lighting is good.

Utilize two kitchen islands.

Use one island as a breakfast bar. Then use
the other island for food prep and storage as needed. Large kitchens can easily
accommodate two kitchen islands. Select surfaces befitting a luxury kitchen.
Spacing out your work area away from the busy breakfast bar is always