Building a glamorous kitchen isn’t entirely impossible with a help of a few tweaks here and there. And it’s not always going to break your bank either. Oh yes, we interior designers have a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to spicing up a room.
Switching up certain elements in your kitchen can change up the vibe of the whole room and impress your guests. Not to mention, cooking will become infinitely more enjoyable with a well-designed kitchen. Here are 5 ways to make your kitchen look luxurious for that aesthetic appeal.
Having a kitchen island
Let’s face it — not everyone can afford to have a kitchen island, be it due to lack of space or lack of finances. Having a kitchen island with marble countertops is everyone’s dream. Due to its ability to withstand high heat, it has quickly become a popular choice for kitchen countertops. Furthermore, they are low maintenance, durable, and easy to clean.
Kitchen islands bring the whole look of a kitchen together. It turns a place of cooking into something much more versatile — not only do they give you extra storage space, kitchen islands can also act as a social area. Couple it with some bar stools for a place to dine, interact with friends and family, or just to display food.
If marble is a little out of your budget, granite countertops are a good alternative. Just like marble, granite is strong and very resistant to damage. They will certainly last long in the kitchen. Better yet, if you want to cut down on costs, you can opt for a granite overlay, whereby a granite “shell” is fitted over your current countertop. Your kitchen will still look amazing for only a fraction of the price.
Hear us out — what sets apart a luxurious kitchen from a common kitchen is the efficiency of its layout. No one wants to hang out in a messy kitchen area where things are crammed all over the space and hard to reach.
Planning an efficient kitchen takes work. Planning an efficient yet luxurious kitchen takes more. However, what interior designers don’t tell you is that just by simply doubling everything, you can achieve both efficiency and luxury. How do we mean?
Having double ovens, double stoves, and even double sinks boost the kitchen’s efficiency just for the fact that there is more than one designated area for each use. Need to wash dishes? Here’s a sink. Got to whip something up quick? There’s a stove.
Better yet, if there’s more than one person in the kitchen, you need not get in each other’s way. The fluidity of being able to carry out tasks will lend to the luxurious vibe you’re aiming for. Your guests will definitely do a double take at your kitchen (no pun intended).
Here’s an additional tip: get copper sinks. As the most used kitchen appliance, sinks should be a focal point in your kitchen (which is why a double sink would make so much sense). But why copper? Simple — they can help keep your kitchen cleaner.
You heard that right. It’s the first solid metal that has been confirmed to possess antimicrobial properties by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). What this means is that copper is effective in preventing harmful bacteria living on surfaces — this is extremely important when it comes to the sink, an area that’s constantly wet. Remember, the higher grade the copper, the better the antimicrobial effect.
Include ONE bespoke piece
For this, we usually recommend to glam up the range hood and splashback in your kitchen. In the kitchen, the cooker most usually takes centre stage. It makes sense then that if you want the best luxurious effect, you should put some consideration into getting a custom range hood to coordinate beautifully with your appliances and lighting.
You can also laminate your splashback for better design cohesion to bring together the whole look of the kitchen. A cheaper alternative would be to reject mosaic tile splashbacks and opt for ceramic or glass tiles instead. Mosaic tiles are not only expensive to install, but laborious.
If that still sounds like a little too much for you (and your wallet), you can always opt to put emphasis on your storage instead. Or rather — reduce emphasis on them. Get built-in larders and purpose-free storage spaces to clear up space in your kitchen. Clutter-free countertops go a long way in making your kitchen look that much more luxurious.
Additionally, cabinets are also a great way to keep small appliances as well as your trash area out of sight. This adds to the sleek appearance you want your kitchen to have — as we mentioned, the less clutter, the more luxurious it will look. Choose handleless cabinets for that streamlined look and you’ll be good to go!
Lighting is often overlooked when it comes to the kitchen. Most people think that since the kitchen is an activity area, all you need is a strong, bright light. While they are not necessarily wrong, a good statement lighting will do wonders for the atmosphere of the room.
The kitchen is the best area to showcase pendant lighting, from chandeliers to canopy fixtures. Additionally, downlights in a few strategic areas can make your kitchen look put-together. For instance, if you want to spotlight your beautiful custom range hood or your warm copper sink, place some downlights around it!
The flooring in your kitchen is bound to experience a lot of use. For that reason itself, choosing a durable flooring material is of huge importance. While there are plenty of options out there, including vinyl, concrete, and bamboo, you would want to keep in mind how these flooring pairs with your kitchen walls and cabinets.
Hardwood flooring will always add a sense of elegance no matter where or when it’s used. They are sustainable and do not absorb dust or debris, making it perfect for the kitchen. Since it has a more comfortable flooring surface than stone or ceramic tile, dishware may have a possibility of surviving even if dropped.
However, hardwood can be high maintenance, not to mention a little pricey. If you’re not sure about getting a hardwood floor but still want a natural finish, you can always opt for a high-end laminate wood variety. They do not scratch easily and are a great substitute for hardwood flooring as it has an identical look.
Depending on the layout of your kitchen, there can be plenty of ways to make it look luxurious. U-shaped and L-shaped kitchens give off a high-end vibe due to the flexibility and efficiency allowed for kitchen tasks. Gallery kitchens, on the other hand, are common in smaller homes — although it’s not entirely impossible to keep it looking luxurious.
One trend that has been making its rounds is an open-kitchen concept, where the kitchen blends into the living room. This allows for the beauty of your luxurious kitchen to be appreciated by all, even without having to step foot into the kitchen. Homeowners can consider an open-concept kitchen, which also helps with space issues. No matter the size, shape, or style, if a luxurious kitchen is what you want for your dream home, we can help you achieve it.