It is often said the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where friends and families come together to share meals, talk about their days and build the kind of memories that last a lifetime. But, it’s importance goes even further than that. From a design standpoint, the kitchen plays an incredibly important role; it captures your home’s interior point of view and helps project this perspective throughout the rest of your space.
For luxury homeowners and builders, achieving this effect often means investing in high-end components that support both functionality and design. Contemporary, luxury home styles put an emphasis on both of those aspects.
So, what does this mean when it comes time to design your own kitchen? To help you understand the idea of “luxury home”, we’ve put together a list of high-end kitchen ideas. Consider adapting something and see where that takes you.
The Basics of Luxury Modern Kitchen Design
Designing a kitchen is a process that involves many elements. And when luxury is the ultimate visual goal, it’s essential to take your time when choosing materials, appliances, and other key aspects that support your vision.
Some of the elements that you will want to consider as you design a luxury kitchen include:
- General style – The overall style of the kitchen should match the style of the rest of the home, whether that’s modern, traditional, or something in between.
- Ease of use – Whether it’s the homeowner or a personal chef who’s going to be using the space, the layout of a luxury kitchen needs to be optimized for organic and intuitive movement.
- Materials – From cabinets and countertops to flooring and fixtures, every material in a luxury kitchen should be impressive in its own right.
- Appliances – Top-of-the-line appliances are key, as is maximizing functionality. Features like double (or triple) ovens, built-in espresso machines, and custom wine storage are all standard in today’s luxury kitchens.
5 High-End Kitchen Ideas
Let’s take a look beyond the basics with luxury kitchen design ideas that are worth getting inspired by.
- Monochromatic color schemes
Modern luxury kitchens have gone bold, with rich monochromatic palettes that don’t shy away from making a statement. Lacquered, jewel toned cabinets and black marble both exemplify this luxury trend, as does the push away from stainless steel to colored appliances that blend in with the elements around them.
- Purposeful islands
Luxury kitchens with islands are nothing new. But high-end islands are a step above, featuring unique and purposeful design elements like waterfall counters, mirrored surfaces, and custom lighting, as well as integrated cook tops and appliances. For large kitchens, double islands are also used to increase available counter space and storage.
- Visible shelving
When every detail in your kitchen is perfect, why hide so much of it behind cabinet doors? Glass-faced cabinets and open shelving are taking up prime real estate in luxury kitchens, often with built-in lighting to better show off collections of expertly-sourced dinnerware, stemware, and entertaining ware.
- Backsplashes that double as works of art
An extravagant backsplash stands out in all the right ways. While the subway look may work just fine in an everyday nice kitchen, luxury calls for something more—which in this case, tends to come in the form of imported tiles and massive slabs of stunning marble or mirrored glass. The options are endless, and the end result is completely one of a kind.
- Smart storage
Storage is essential in any kitchen. And in a luxury kitchen, that means creative solutions that make optimal use of the space without detracting from the larger design intent. To wit: hidden pantries and completely customized larders, both of which get the job done without being overly obvious (if obvious at all). Bonus points for having a professional organizer put everything in its place
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