Almost every homeowner would look at ways to add affordable style to their kitchen, but what about those who want only the best… the ultimate luxury for their kitchen?
Here are the latest trends in kitchen design and how you can add luxury to any kitchen.
Stainless steel finishes continue to draw consumers, but a move towards natural materials gains momentum as new products are launched, engineered for practical use.
Where do I start to plan a new kitchen?
To create a designer kitchen with all the mod cons and luxury fittings, you need to keep up with the latest products and know what's on the market, from countertops and fittings, to the latest high-tech kitchen appliances.
Browse online to review kitchen installers in your region. Looking at what's on offer will not only give you an idea of what's trendy for your new kitchen installation, but also offer you a variety of styles to create an online collection of images that define your style and what you want from your kitchen.
Modern kitchens are functional, versatile and practical. They are a place where family and friends can gather and create.
With so many options to choose from, how do you know which is the right kitchen countertop for you?
When designing a new kitchen, or remodelling an existing one, you'll want to call in the professionals to do the installation for you. These guys know what's on the market, any new product launches, and can make recommendations based on your choice of design and how hard the kitchen works.
In a rustic kitchen you may want to look at natural wood or wood grain finishes that are warmer and softer on the eye, while a contemporary kitchen demands granite or caesarstone and ultra-smooth satin or high-gloss finishes.
While eco-friendly materials are increasingly available, you don't want to compromise on design excellence.
Kit out your kitchen with the latest technology
Online window shopping has never been easier. Simply select your supplier of choice and view the products on offer. You will be able to choose a finish that matches the style of your kitchen, whether it be white, stainless steel or colour.
When shopping for new appliances it's essential to look at the energy saving options that are incorporated. Not only saving you time and money, energy efficient appliances are the future.
High-tech appliances have evolved to meet the changing trends for cooking and entertaining at home.
It's all in the details
Sinks and taps
As the saying goes..."Everything but the kitchen sink!" It might only be one element in a kitchen design, but fitting the right sink means everything at the end of the day. When installed in a separate scullery, the sink is not as important as one that is the feature in a kitchen.
A stand-out design with luxury taps will not only look good, but will add even more functionality to a well-planned design.
Handles and knobs
When designing a kitchen many homeowners tend to forget the small details... handles and knobs. It's these details that add a finishing touch to any kitchen. Soft-touch drawers are a popular choice for a streamlined kitchen design, but there's no denying that handles and knobs add character and function to every kitchen.
Designing a kitchen with plenty of storage is a number one priority, unless you have a built-in pantry or scullery. You will need pull-out drawers for pots and pans, easy access to the bin for kitchen waste, plus other accessories that make your kitchen functional and a pleasure to cook in.
Discuss your storage requirements in detail with the kitchen installer, so that everything is covered before the installation begins.
Don't settle for less than the best when lighting a kitchen. Layered lighting is essential in a room that caters for a wide range of activities at all times of the day.
Shop around for general, accent and task lighting that will enhance functionality and complement the design.
The trick to creating a luxurious dream kitchen is to keep it simple with a few select finishes that incorporate textures. You want a look that is modern and luxurious without being cluttered and over-the-top.
Let the design speak for itself and add a few extravagant touches to enhance the overall look and feel.