The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the house.
It’s where clients generally spend the most money, especially if they want their kitchen to be trendy, sleek and stand the test of time.
If budget isn’t an issue for your client, you can delve into the world of luxury kitchen design. The possibilities are endless; you’re free to design a beautiful kitchen with high-quality materials and finishes, state-of-the-art appliances, and luxurious accents.
Minimalism works well in luxury kitchens. You should focus on the quality of the materials and a well-balanced layout instead of overcrowding the kitchen with extravagant pieces.
Read on to learn more about luxury kitchen design trends for upscale clientele.
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You can finally splurge on luxurious custom cabinets – hooray! These types of cabinets are typically defined as a combination of high-quality materials, quality workmanship and unique styles.
Luxury cabinets are not made of particle board. They’re made of solid wood that is mainly used for the cabinet doors and of furniture-grade plywood for the box.
As for the style of the cabinets, luxury doesn’t necessarily mean Corinthian columns and other detailed carvings (although there is nothing wrong with that). But if your client is looking for a more modern look, you can go for simple shaker cabinets or cabinets with no detail work whatsoever.
If you opt for a simple design, you can add a bit of glam by choosing beautiful hardware such as brass or marble pulls, quartz knobs, or even leather pulls.
Nothing says luxury kitchen design like a gorgeous stone countertop. Not being restricted by a budget means you can use large slabs of marble, granite and quartz.
These materials are long lasting and give any kitchen a luxurious feel. Quartz is the most durable of the three and does not require a coating as it is not porous. Marble and granite, on the other hand, will require some maintenance, which is something you should discuss with your client prior to purchasing the countertops.
If you want to give the kitchen even more of an edge, you can use the same material you’ve chosen for the countertop for the backsplash. This will give the kitchen a sleek and streamlined look.
Sinks and faucets
A trendy kitchen sink is the perfect way to complement a luxurious countertop, wouldn’t you agree?
There are many materials to choose from, including ceramic, fireclay, stainless steel, natural stone, copper, composite granite, and porcelain-enameled cast iron. Each of these, combined with proper function and a unique style that caters to the needs of the client, is a great addition to any luxury kitchen design.
You’ll also want to choose a faucet that matches the sink as well as the rest of the kitchen hardware. Keep in mind technology when choosing one; touch faucets are a must for any high-end kitchen.
As mentioned, using the same material for both the countertop and the backsplash can give your client’s kitchen a beautiful, streamlined look, especially if the backsplash reaches the ceiling. But it’s not the only way to boast luxury.
You can achieve a luxurious look by choosing materials such as ceramic and porcelain tile (handmade and imported if you want to be really fancy), natural stone slabs, exposed brick, marble, granite, etc. You can even play around with different motifs and textures to give the kitchen a striking look.
Luxury kitchen design goes hand in hand with luxury kitchen lighting. If you’re designing a minimalist kitchen, adding a dazzling light fixture(s) can be a great way to fill the empty space.
Choosing the right light will depend on the kitchen design style you’ve chosen. For example, an ornate chandelier with crystals might not be the best pick for a contemporary kitchen, and an industrial pendant light might not be the best pick for a traditional kitchen.
In any case, make sure the lighting makes a statement in the kitchen and is made with high-quality materials. You can even opt for designer lighting that is one of a kind for a unique look.
If you’re designing a luxury kitchen for your client, you want to make sure you offer them the latest and greatest in terms of appliances. That means sleek, high-tech and even integrated.
High-technology appliances can vary from a smart refrigerator with a touchscreen, camera, transparent doors and built-in recipes to a smart oven with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, temperature control via smartphone, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google assistant.
If your client isn’t really into technology, you can simply offer them gorgeous, high-end appliances that stand out as statement pieces, or integrated appliances that blend in with the surrounding cabinetry.
Healthy design alternatives
If you want to offer your client the ultimate in luxury kitchen design, you should discuss healthy and eco-friendly design options with them.
Healthy design means you choose materials and finishes that do not contain any toxic chemicals. For example, you can use ultra-compact quartz for the countertops that is both eco-friendly and does not need a topical sealer (which often contains pesticides) to protect it.
You can also opt for natural oil treatment for the kitchen floors instead of the usual polyurethane that can cause respiratory problems, you can buy a kitchen runner (if you’re planning on incorporating one) made of natural fibers which is free of the harmful chemicals present in pre-treated synthetic rugs, and you can use upcycled cabinet doors to reduce your carbon footprint.
Built-in wine rack
A built-in wine rack may not be suitable for all clients, but it does convey luxury, especially when it becomes a statement piece in the kitchen.
If your client is a wine enthusiast, you can dedicate an entire wall (or half-wall) to wine storage. This will require custom work, and when done right, it can really add a hyper-luxurious feel to any kitchen.
You can also opt for a wine rack or a wine cooler that is part of the kitchen island or under a kitchen counter. This option isn’t as impressive as a built-in wine rack, but it’s still a great addition for wine lovers.
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