You often hear the kitchen referred to as the “heart of the home.” There are many reasons for this. A lifetime of fond memories are created in the kitchen, from family dinners and celebrations to hosting a wine tasting event with your friends.
It’s the one room that brings everyone together, and where we spend the most time. It only makes sense that you want your kitchen to be as stylish, comfortable and functional as possible. Investing in a showstopper kitchen will also serve you well when it comes time to sell your home, as the #1 item on a Buyer’s wish list is to have an amazing kitchen.
When designing your kitchen, take a clutter-free approach so that small appliances and other items are out of the line of sight. Unless it is part of the decor, your countertops and table should be clear of everything.
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What are these top kitchen features we simply can’t live without?
Top of the Line, Upscale Appliances
Gagganeau, Miele, Sub Zero, Wolf, Thermador, and Bertazzoni are some of the brands we covet. We’re talking not only luxurious but functional. Do you want to go bold? Try a 48” SubZero side by side stainless steel integrated fridge and freezer combination. Or check out panel-ready appliances that are built into the cabinetry for a sleek, minimalist and seamless yet functional look.
We love clever details like a refrigerator with a push mechanism to open the door with a slight touch. And who wouldn’t love standout appliances like a Bertazzoni freestanding gas range and double oven? Made in Italy, this appliance is a showstopper. Another must-have is a built-in coffee machine, which not only looks beautiful as it is functional. As an added bonus, it frees up your counter space
A kitchen island is a must-have. It is an attractive, stylish way to add storage space, counter space and extra seating. This is also where you could have an integrated wine cooler and a built-in microwave to keep the sightlines clean and clutter-free elsewhere in the kitchen.
As the island is a focal point, you can also consider a custom, two-tier option with a seating area in lieu of having a separate kitchen breakfast table.
The kitchen island is where you can feature a beautiful stone surface with a waterfall edge.
How big should your kitchen be to accommodate an island? You should be able to move around comfortably even with all of the chairs pulled out.
If you have your heart set on an island, but your space is too small, consider a custom-built one as these can be made to fit small spaces like condo kitchens. If you’re on a tight budget you can go with a kitchen cart on wheels.
Stylish pieces can be found online or in furniture stores. Best of all, you get the extra storage space without making your kitchen appear cramped.
Marble or Quartz Countertops
Every home improvement show touts the value of stone countertops. What is the big deal, and are they worth it? If you want a high-end, luxury kitchen, they’re worth every penny.
Both provide an upscale look with an absolutely stunning finish and a deep range of colours. What is the difference?
Marble countertops are 100% natural, and as a result, no two slabs are the same.
Quartz is manufactured, which means you can customize the design to a degree. How do you decide between the two?
It will depend on your lifestyle. Marble is considerably more expensive and requires greater care to keep from stains setting in. It is absolutely stunning and splurge-worthy, especially if you go with a unique style and carry it through to the backsplash for a cohesive look in the kitchen.
Quartz is a popular option as it’s affordable in comparison and requires less maintenance. Fortunately, today’s quartz manufacturing brands like Caesarstone and Cambria have a wide selection of styles that mimic the look of marble but at a fraction of the cost. Quartz is less porous than marble, making it extremely stain-resistant.
It goes without saying that your kitchen will appear more luxurious when you have less clutter. Cabinets don’t just allow you to store your utensils and gadgets out of sight.
You can also create space to hide your recycling and trash so that your garbage can doesn’t accidentally become the centrepiece of the room.
Well-designed cabinets add a sense of style and upscale atmosphere to your kitchen. Look for deep or sky-high models that offer plenty of space. We love the look of flat-panel cabinets, and a soft-closing mechanism is a must.
Finishing touches include brass handles and knobs offset by an attractive backsplash.
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High-end homes nearly always feature a walk-in pantry, and for a good reason. It gives you plenty of space to store food items and other appliances such as your blender and toaster out of sight while being easily accessible whenever you need them
Consider adding a coffee and tea station in the walk-in pantry if you don’t go with an integrated option built into the cabinetry.
Custom Range Hood
Talk about the perfect blend of style and function! A custom range hood adds a touch of class and luxury to your kitchen while improving ventilation and air quality.
A custom design means getting exactly what you want without having to sacrifice your decor. You have endless designs to choose from, only limited by your imagination. You can match your range hood perfectly to your cabinets or in a way that complements your other colours.
Another benefit to a custom-built range hood is it can be shaped and sized perfectly to fit into any kitchen. Done right, it will look like a work of art!
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