Create the Luxury Kitchen of Your Dreams

Today’s kitchens are no longer just kitchens! Now, kitchens can be highly functional and as attractive as any room of your luxury home. Kitchens are often considered the heart of a home where families and friends come together and have enriching life experiences.

How do you achieve the kitchen of your dreams in your own home? The best way to accomplish this is to reflect on your personal and family goals, do lots of research online and visit some showrooms. Once you have some ideas in mind, and then begin to do thoughtful planning by working with a top professional who has extensive experience in creating kitchens in larger homes and estates.

There are many things to consider in order to create a fabulous kitchen that reflects your own special lifestyle. Start by thinking about how you use your kitchen and what you need and want on a daily basis. How and when do you typically use your kitchen? Do you use the kitchen for many family meals with your children and grandchildren? Do you take pride in cooking up a gourmet meal? Do you love entertaining your friends and relatives at the holidays and other special occasions? These days, inviting your guests into the kitchen can be an enjoyable part of a very fun, interactive and formal or informal party.

You can integrate your kitchen appliances for a seamless look and combine light fixtures with different styles and finishes to give your gourmet kitchen the look of having been acquired over time rather than purchased all at once.

Consider what new appliances you will want to add or replace. The kitchen of the future is here today. Take a look at sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen only when it's in use, hands free faucets for your children who perhaps cannot reach the handles yet, or even meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is done. Thankfully, technology is here to make your life in the kitchen much easier.

How many work zones will you want because you may love to cook with your spouse, family and friends, too. Do you need a second sink outside of the main cooking and cleanup zone so that a second chef might prep food, wash hands before or after dinner or even bartend during your parties?

Take a look at the wide array of lighting that is now available and consider what types do you prefer. A newer trend includes oversized light fixtures in the kitchen to create a wow factor.
Of course, kitchen islands are highly functional and you may want more than one depending upon the size of your kitchen. A beautiful and functional custom built kitchen island can accomplish everything you’d like while doing your meal preparation. Your family and guests can sit around a kitchen island and chat and help you, too.

Kitchen flooring now comes in a myriad of great colors and types – such as various wood flooring, limestone and tile. Your kitchen floor, besides being practical and durable, is a major design statement in the appearance of your luxury kitchen. The floor you choose affects every other element of your design and with the variety of materials, colors and textures available today, your choices are nearly endless. Stone or tile is a good choice for heavy traffic areas. Limestone is a natural stone that offers an Old World look. Cork is a durable, versatile material available in a variety of colors. It is water-resistant and reduces impact noise. Wood is always a very popular choice for today's kitchens. It feels good underfoot and creates a warm and attractive look.

You’ll also want to consider new windows, walls and doors in the kitchen even beams on the ceiling. Kitchen cabinets are important and some trends combine the highest quality soft gray cabinets with richly stained wood although white always stands the test of time. Custom kitchen cabinets can enhance the look of your kitchen plus meet all of your storage needs. Top quality highly functioning cabinets, drawers and pantry organizers in new, custom kitchens can now include clever multi-tiered drawers. The full-extension, soft-close drawer glides are wonderful, allowing you to pull the drawer completely out of the cabinet so you can reach everything inside plus they eliminate slamming. How about paneled cabinet ends which are decorative and oversize doors fixed to any exposed sides of cabinets, giving your kitchen a beautiful custom-built, furniture-like look. You may want to opt for custom refrigerator and freezer surrounds, too, to beautify those bulky appliances.

How about kitchen countertops – limestone, natural stone, quartz countertops and other engineered stone, you’ll have lots of great choices to consider. Combining wood and marble can create a great workspace, too. Even sinks are trending away from basic white or stainless steel to rich colors to harmonize with the rest of your kitchen.

So, start dreaming and make your future kitchen one that you, your family and friends will enjoy for years to come!