The kitchen is in the middle of a renaissance—as more and more folks are starting to prioritize healthier eating at home as opposed to going out. As a result, homeowners are emphasizing crafting luxury kitchens that allow them to cook meals in style.

But, not only does a modern kitchen need to be functional—it should also look great. Today, luxury kitchen design is becoming more popular. While the phrase ‘high-end design’ may have specific connotations in terms of how it should look, in reality, this type of design varies greatly depending on individual preferences.

Whether you want a mid-century modern or a Scandinavian-styled kitchen, both are possible through a high-end kitchen design mindset.

Regardless of the theme you want to accomplish with your design, here are some features that you need to include to create that luxury kitchen.

1. A Seamlessly Built-In Refrigerator

Ah yes, the refrigerator. A staple of every kitchen. It’s the appliance we turn to whether we’re cooking some lunch or need a midnight snack. When it comes to luxury fridges, there are so many different styles, colors, and shapes of refrigerators to choose from.

Regardless of which fridge you choose, the important thing is to ensure your design allows for the appliance to be built in. Fridges that jut out take up space and can appear clunky. In fact, one facet of luxury kitchen design is including a kitchen that seamlessly integrates with the rest of the space. Keep this in mind when designing your kitchen.

2. An Open Layout For Cooking and Entertaining

While not always the case and highly dependent on the size of the home, we’re seeing more and more modern kitchens designs incorporating enough space for cooking and guests. If you’re interested in hosting family holidays as well as friends and neighbors, then it’s important to consider that while laying out the blueprints for your kitchen.

3. Hidden Trash and Recycling

Just like your refrigerator, your trash and recycling in your kitchen should also be out of the way. When trash and recycling bins are placed beside the kitchen island, it is not only annoying to maneuver around, but it can attract insects like ants.

For some inspiration on how to include excellent waste management details in your kitchen without sacrificing appearance, check out this excellent article. Who knew taking out the trash could look so good?

4. Cabinets That Amaze

Your kitchen cabinets are going to be a central feature of your high-end kitchen design. When you think about, the cabinets set the tone for the rest of the kitchen. This makes the selection of cabinets both in color, style, and material extremely important.

But, don’t stress out about making the right choice. Cabinet shopping should be a fun experience as you look for the perfect option that fits your functionality needs and your style and taste preferences.

Here at Puustelli, we take things one step further by offering cabinets that are not only functional and stunning in their modern, minimalist design, but that are also extremely sustainable.

Our Scandinavian kitchen cabinets embody everything great about Northern European design: warm tones, simplistic design, earthy undertones, and sustainable materials. For those who are looking to create a kitchen that embodies the modern, minimalistic design trends of today while still feeling warm and inviting, then contact Puustelli today!

We’re looking forward to hearing from you and kicking things off with a coffee at our showroom!

5. Flooring That Holds Up

The flooring of your kitchen is something that will experience a lot of use. For this reason, not only should your high-end kitchen have flooring that looks great and pairs well with your cabinets, but it needs to be durable too.

Luckily, there is an abundance of quality flooring options that will hold up with regular use. For example, hardwood, bamboo, concrete, and vinyl flooring are all recognized within the home industry as being durable choices. For more examples of durable flooring, check out this post from The Spruce!

Overall, both flooring and cabinetry are two areas of your luxury kitchen design that are worth investing in to reduce repairs and complications down the road.

6. High-Performance Appliances

At the forefront of your kitchen in terms of functionality are the appliances you use. This is especially true for homeowners who plan on using their kitchen a lot for both entertaining and cooking.

For example, ranges, ovens, steam ovens, cooktops, and other accessories can all be included in your luxury kitchen to make cooking easier. Wine racks, Sonos speakers, coffee bars, and more can be included to make the area more welcoming to guests as well.

For inspiration and examples on high-performance appliances, check out Miele and Wolf, a couple of the top brands in the industry that we enjoy working with.

7. Impressive Countertops

Perhaps just as fun as choosing your cabinets is deciding which countertop to go with. Fortunately (or unfortunately, if you’re indecisive), there are a lot of fantastic, high-performance, luxury countertops on the market today.

Quartz countertops are certainly up there in terms of durability, traditional granite countertops offer a classic, high-end look, and wood countertops are warm and great for meal prep. As you can see, each countertop material has its unique benefits. The key for you is to decide which material best matches up with your needs.

For assistance in choosing the right countertop for your luxury kitchen, this helpful HGTV article breaks down some of the best options.

8. Smart-Home Features For Ease of Use

When you look at high-end kitchen designs of the past and compare them to modern luxury kitchens today, you’ll notice a lot of differences. One such difference is the use of technology. Luxury kitchens today embrace technological innovation to create a more functional space.

There are loads of fantastic smart-home features to implement in your kitchen, including the Instant Pot, the Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer, and this awesome GeniCan—which allows you to scan barcodes of items you’re throwing out and atomically adds it to your shopping list.

When it comes to cooking in a high-end kitchen, it’s all about working smarter, not harder.

Good luck with your luxury kitchen design, and don’t forget to stop by our showroom if you need some inspiration!

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