Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, some more expensive than others. Since this is a room that most of us use daily, it is worth investing in a decent kitchen. In addition, a modern, well-designed, and professionally installed kitchen can add value to your house and make it easier to sell when the time comes.
If you are in the market for a new kitchen, here are some features you need for a high-end vibe. Add as many as you can afford!
Flat-pack kitchens from Wickes or B&Q are not high-end. This is what you buy if you are after cheap and functional – they look great for a year or two then slowly begin to fall to bits.
High-end kitchens are usually made to measure. Cabinets are constructed to fit the space and come with lots of clever storage features, such as slide-out shelving. They are very often made from solid wood, sustainable materials, and can be customised in a wide range of colours.
Some kitchen retailers do offer luxury kitchen ranges, but if you want a truly bespoke kitchen, try asking a local cabinet maker to build you a kitchen from scratch, with dove-tailed joints and hand-finished units. You’ll soon appreciate the difference in quality!
Why have one oven when you can have four? Check out celeb kitchens and see how many ovens they have. Four seems to be the magic number these days. Perfect for a busy family, and if you need extra bragging rights.
If having four ovens is overkill, splash out on an Aga instead. No self-respecting homeowner with a country pile can do without an Aga. These workhorses are great for serious cooks, especially bakers. Modern Agas can run on gas and are easy to control, plus they switch on and off, so you don’t have to swelter all summer.
Agas are a big investment and can be costly to run, but you won’t need a kettle or tumble drier with a radiant model Aga in the kitchen, plus the pets will love you forever.
Built-in Luxury Appliances
Luxury kitchens don’t have appliances on show. If you can spot a fridge or a dishwasher, it’s not a high-end kitchen. Appliances spoil the lines of luxury cabinets and worktops, so they are always hidden out of sight behind matching doors.
Remember, though, having built-in appliances isn’t enough. Only shop for luxury brands such as Miele, Sub-Zero, and Wolf. Sadly, that Candy fridge you have in your online basket isn’t going to cut it, sorry about that.
Granite or Marble Worktops
Laminate worktops simply won’t do if you are creating a luxury vibe. Solid wood worktops are a step up, but they are tricky to care for, so stick to granite or marble instead. Available in a range of colours, granite and marble worktops are beautiful; visit a supplier like granitetransformations.co.uk to find out more.
Finally, a kitchen isn’t truly luxurious unless it is a smart kitchen. Look for appliances that tell you when they need restocking, lights that switch on and off via a smartphone app, and personalised settings. And if you have any money left in the budget, an Elektra Belle Epoque espresso maker is just what you need.