The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of a home. Every member of the family comes into the kitchen several times a day for water, snacks, and most importantly, family meals.
The kitchen and dining area is where we share the intimate details of our lives with our loved ones.
However, our loved ones extend far past our immediate family members. We entertain guests of all kinds in our kitchens – colleagues, distant family members, friends, neighbors, and more.
That’s why a luxury kitchen is one of the best home improvement investments you can make.
The Top Features of a Luxury Kitchen
What defines a luxury kitchen?
Is it the cost of materials, workmanship, and design? Or is it the appliances, dinnerware, and layout?
A luxury kitchen provides a captivating experience while cooking and baking in your home. Preparing meals for your family shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a pleasure. A luxury kitchen makes the entire process more convenient and enjoyable.
Additionally, it’s a talking point among your friends and family while entertaining. It’s impressive, sure enough, but it also shows your dedication to your culinary and social skills.
Want to know more? Keep reading for the top nine features of a luxury kitchen.
The layout is one of the most important aspects of any room in the house. It must be open and functional. However, there is also an x-factor to a well-designed layout – it has to flow.
When designing a luxury kitchen, you have to think about the flow of the space. For the cook or chef of the family, this means making their experience one of intuitive convenience. Think about where everything necessary for meal preparation is located, such as the stove, fridge, viable counter space, cookware, pantry, etc.
You also need to think about foot traffic in the kitchen. You need to make sure you have enough space for multiple people to be in the kitchen at once. This includes seating at the bar or island for when you’re conversing or entertaining while cooking.
2. Walk-In Pantry
No luxury kitchen is complete without plenty of storage space. One of the best ways to solve this problem is by designing your kitchen with a walk-in pantry.
A walk-in pantry is fantastic for storing all of your baking goods such as flours, oils, sugars, and more. It’s also a great way to make sure you have room for all your dry goods such as bread, pasta, cereal, etc. To save yourself some counter space, you may also consider putting the microwave in the walk-in pantry.
3. High-Quality Countertops
Premium countertops are another necessary feature of a luxury kitchen. However, this is an area where you need to avoid faux materials. Fake marble or granite won’t cut it here.
Allow room in your budget for high-quality countertops. We recommend going with elegant material such as exotic wood or magnificent soapstone to match a soapstone kitchen design. There is no shortage of options when it comes to countertop materials.
4. Top-of-the-Line Appliances
A superiorly designed and outfitted kitchen will severely disappoint you if you don’t have the best of the best appliances to match. The appliances in your kitchen are some of the most important in your entire house.
For example, a chef-grade oven is a top priority if you plan on entertaining often. It can also be handy for cooking home meals if you have a large family.
There are other features to consider, such as under the counter fridge drawers, warming drawers for bread and other warm plates waiting to be served, and a smart fridge that helps keep your food as fresh as possible.
5. Superior Cabinets
If you’ve ever walked into a cheaply designed kitchen, one of the first things you notice is the cabinets. Cheap fiberboard or fake wood, bottom-of-the-bucket cabinet fixtures, and hardly functioning drawers and hinges. It leaves a lot to be desired.
Don’t put high-quality countertops on low-quality cabinets. Additionally, avoid any DIY painting ideas. Buy solid wood cabinets and consider alternative fronts, such as glass or open-cabinet concepts.
6. Elegant Fixtures
Lighting, drawer pulls, cabinet pulls, faucets and other fixtures play a large role in pulling the entire kitchen together. This is an area where you need to think about the overall feel of your kitchen. Are you going for ultra-modern and sleek, or classy and traditional?
The answer will determine what fixtures you use throughout the kitchen. Remember to keep everything cohesive. Feel free to express your creative side with unique lighting, faucets, and more.
7. Premium Cooking and Dining Ware
A luxury kitchen with bottom-dollar cookware is like going to a formal event in jeans and a T-shirt. It simply won’t do.
Not only will high-quality cookware make your cooking experience more enjoyable, but it will also last longer and help you prepare meals more efficiently. Use only the best when it comes to pots, pans, kitchen knives, and utensils
The same goes for your dinnerware. Why impress everyone with a high-class kitchen only to serve them food on cheap plates?
8. Top-Notch Flooring
One of the most important features of a luxury kitchen is luxury flooring. Carpet is never acceptable in a kitchen, for obvious reasons. However, linoleum and cheap laminates have no room in a luxury kitchen either.
Consider top-notch laminate, stone, marble, or hardwood flooring. Remember, however, that even a luxury floor can take a turn for the worst if you don’t keep it clean.
9. Professional Workmanship
Finally, if you want a flawless luxury kitchen in your home, skip the DIY. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with learning new skills and saving money where you can, a luxury kitchen is not the place to do it.
If you want your kitchen to look magnificent, hire professional contractors to do the job. They have the right tools, access to materials, and the quality workmanship your kitchen needs to stand above the rest.
Unless you’re a professional contractor, we’re guessing people would notice if you did the work yourself.
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