A luxury level kitchen design is built step by step — and each choice you make needs to be pondered, purposeful and, of course, posh! Here are a few of Stone and Tile From Portugal’s favorite kitchen appliances, finishes and of course, materials that will help transform any kitchen into the ultra-luxe kitchen of your dreams!
Consider using backlit cabinets: What about luxurious lighting to brighten your kitchen aesthetic. Backlight the inside of your kitchen cabinets to attain this. By choosing glass-fronts or frosted glass-fronts so the light shines through (looks especially amazing at night!) you’ll create a unique and luxurious feel. The look is glam but very functional — say goodbye to losing items in the darkest corners of your cabinets.
A must have is high-end, high-quality kitchen appliances: The highest quality refrigerators/freezers and ranges/ovens on the market today are from Sub-Zero and Wolf. These are chef grade appliances, and while the pricing is high, the technology and aesthetic features are worth the cost and longevity of these products. Plus, this upscale choice greatly appeals to home buyers and can increase your home value should you decide to sell your house. According to an article in Forbes magazine, “If a kitchen sells a home, then Sub-Zero sells a kitchen.
Consider additional Kitchen appliances: Did you know there are lots of luxury kitchen appliance options outside of the standard trifecta — oven/stovetop, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Ranging from complex espresso makers to the always coveted Kitchen Aid mixer, there are multiple ways to create a more luxurious kitchen environment with some quality extra appliances.
Heard of refrigerator drawers?: These kitchen drawers are incorporated directly into your base cabinets and act as smaller refrigerators, yes, smaller refrigerators! Perfect next to the sink, they can hold all of your fresh produce for easier prepping, or as a quick place to store the kids’ after-school snacks.
The advantage of dual dishwashers: This amazing feature will amp your ability to clean up after every meal. This is especially useful if you host a lot of events in your home, have a larger family, or keep a kosher household, having two dishwashers saves you not only time but energy as well.
Who doesn’t love a beverage center: Beverage centers are areas of the kitchen that typically will include a small bar sink, space for glasses, and even an appliance like a built-in wine cooler or espresso machine. What a wonderful place to set up your morning coffee station or to bring together family and friends for cocktails.
Tall cabinets and pantries are all the rage: Hard to go into a home today and not find tall cabinets. They are a luxury kitchen staple. But did you know you can customize them with adjustable shelves, simple wine racks, and our favorite, pull-out drawers. They can also dual serve as storage for pantry supplies and other small appliances.
Need space, put in hideaway corner cabinets: Corners in a kitchen often present a real interior design challenge. Solve it by creating a storage area or appliance garage. Tuck away that espresso machine, or Kitchen Aid, the toaster, or whatever other kitchen appliance you use often and don’t want crowding your kitchen counter. When you eliminate clutter you help maintain that luxury kitchen feel.
Our personal fav — dual kitchen countertops: Dual kitchen countertops have both functional and aesthetic benefits. Combining a beautiful granite, quartz or onyx slab with a custom butcher block allows you to have both the durability and the look of coveted high-end real stone finish while keeping a specific space to cut and prep food from other tasks. The blending of these two countertops transforms the kitchen into a visual treat of colors and textures.
What about a marble kitchen countertop: Nothing comes close to the beauty and appeal of marble. It is unmatched by any other stone or tile on the market and we have some of the best selections of marble ion all of SWFL. Consider using marble also on your backsplash as well as your countertop for a beautiful way to level up the overall luxury in your kitchen. Yum!
Chandelier in my kitchen?: YES! Chandeliers always make a bold statement and say luxury all over them. Include a chandelier over your kitchen island or in your dining room to elevate the entire space and provide needed extra light for family and guests.
Consider some simple architectural nuances: Little details such as a coffered ceiling, molding, custom stone flooring and more ornate kitchen cabinets make your kitchen feel not only custom but luxurious. These simple but powerful style choices lean toward the traditional/transitional look but can also play on the overall style of the existing home.
Why not rich wood tones: Rich stained wood in the kitchen will bring luxury regardless of the style of your home. When paired with darker colors and also streamlined cabinets, it adds some warmth and sophistication to the living space. Wood combined also with inside light cabinetry still manages to break up the colors and create a standout element.
At Stone & Tile From Portugal in Fort Myers, FL we are proud to be a licensed residential contractor specializing in imported stone from Portugal, Spain and locations all over the world. We are local, woman, and veteran owned. In addition to the gorgeous stone we import, we will help you design the luxury kitchen of your dreams. Our designers and installers are all staff and we never sub-contract work out to other contractors. Please reach out to us at 239-223-9577 and let us show you what we can do for home to make it the luxurious space you deserve!