How to create the perfect luxury kitchen
For most modern homes, the kitchen has become the social hub where families and friends gather for special occasions. Kitchens are also one of the most important interiors for reflecting your personality and a home is truly only as good and luxurious as its kitchen.
With so many elements of this central space to consider and make perfect to meet your affluent tastes, there are many ways to create your desired look. From fittings to appliances, find out from PD Kitchens how you can create a kitchen that’s more than practical.
Here are their top tips on creating a luxury kitchen:
When it comes to your kitchen design, the fittings should be your central focus as they set the tone of the room and have the power to be the epitome of luxury. Sleek designs are very on trend, with monochrome colours and flat surfaces that hide entrance points and handles. For example, spring loaded drawers allow for ease of access and take your design to the next level as a sleek, streamlined plan.
Handle-less fittings throughout have the added benefit of creating consistent vertical lines, giving the appearance of order and neatness, whilst opaque units in the colour of your choice hide utensils and non-display items. Should you want a luxury kitchen with a more rustic aesthetic, you can achieve this with textured units made from dark woods.
Not to be overlooked, lighting is your friend to achieve your aims. Rise and falling ceiling lights with dimmer switches can set the perfect mood for any occasion and ensure lighting is always atmospheric. The fittings themselves also come more into view and act as centre pieces. It’s recommended to consult a kitchen planner or electrician to obtain the optimum level of lighting for your space.
Choose your colour scheme wisely to enhance the look of your chosen fittings and units. A sophisticated space will either be neutral so all family members and guests feel welcome, or bold to make a statement. The former is preferred if you’re renovating to add value onto your property for an eventual sale.
A classy combination would be a mixture of cream and light greys, with a touch of warm wood tones, or if you prefer a more rustic scheme, coppers and apple greens. The amount of natural light entering your room should influence which scheme you choose, so be mindful of what you’re working with and always consider the colours that surround the kitchen entrance to improve your house flow.
Essentially, a modern kitchen is not a place to be overly experimental with colours as you risk alienating the space and creating a harsh atmosphere. If you want a welcoming but bold effect, deep reds and burgundies are a stylish middle ground, which are complementary to darker countertops.
Once largely associated with spacious American homes, islands have been popular in the UK during the last two decades. They create a grand effect whilst also being ideal for neat storage, food preparation away from the dining table and as a social space to entertain your guests with an appetiser or pre-dinner drink.
As a major asset for your space, aim for the height of style and opt for a marble counter on top of a bespoke wooden unit that indents to allow legroom for seating. Marble offers a classic style that is naturally beautiful and also durable. As no two cuts of marble are the same, you’ll find it adds an exclusive element to your design.
Whilst appliances will generally be purchased last, they’re one of the main ways you can add a little luxury to your kitchen. Think beyond practicality of kettles and water filters and consider investing in more nonessentials: bread makers, ice cream makers, nutrition blenders, bespoke knife sets and digital oven controls.
As homeowners have shown a demand, big brands design these advanced items to look stylish and impressive. You may want to display your purchases as a way to spark conversation, for ease of use and to create a grand image. If this is the case, ensure you keep in mind your arranged colour scheme.
To help you meet your potential with convenience appliances, ensure you know the position of all available power outlets and what is required for each to work. It may be the case that you want to group appliances in one space as they function in tandem, which would need to be in your layout plan.
So, as you plan a refit or refurbishment only aim for the best. As any kitchen is a large investment, it’s worthwhile to research well and see what local companies can offer you. As part of luxury kitchen design, it’s best to speak with designers for bespoke plans that will set your space apart from the rest.