A dream kitchen — it is probably at the top of any homeowner’s list of desires. Whether you are going to start from scratch and design a new kitchen or if you just want to renovate your existing kitchen, you can create the space you’ve always wanted. And, while styles vary from person to person, there are a number of elements that are common to all dream kitchens.
A Cool Design
Traditional, modern, contemporary or eclectic, it doesn’t matter — a cool, functional design is key to any enviable kitchen. Your budget is the only limit when it comes to your dream kitchen design, but the layout and how the elements come together is critical, no matter what amount of money you are spending.
The Latest Cooktop Technology
Gas or induction, there are many new styles and technologies available for your cooktop. These examples are all installed in an island, but you can also have it in a counter with a backsplash. Induction options now include features like invisible burners, removable knobs and new surface materials. Gas cooktops have new burner designs and custom features.
Hidden kitchen elements
In a departure from the popular chef’s kitchens with hanging pot racks, walls of appliances and imposing ranges, the “hidden kitchen” is trending. These designs have every convenience you might want, but everything is secreted behind sleek cabinetry with a minimum of hardware or visible appliance units. Manufacturers are also creating the latest appliances with handle-less technology or sleek styles that help keep the look minimal.
No space can be a dream kitchen without ample and functional storage space. What that storage looks like is up to you. It can be sleek and modern cupboards, glass-fronted cabinets, open shelving or a combination of many types of storage. The exact configuration will be determined by the size of your kitchen, its layout and your specific needs.
Highly Functional Work Space
As in any kitchen, every square inch of space has a purpose. Increasingly, space in the kitchen has to serve multiple purposes: Areas that can be used to serve serve guests, versatile work space, and well-arranged tools and cooking elements. Large or small, a well designed work space makes cooking a breeze.
Every kitchen has to have a sink, but for a dream kitchen it will be customized in design, size and faucet hardware. When designing a sink space, it’s important to consider whether you want one or two sinks and faucets, how and where you want the faucets placed, and what materials you would like to incorporate.
Everyone loves to gather in the kitchen, whether they are family or guests, so you need space that doubles as dining/serving space and workspace. Some homes might have the luxury of a size big enough for defined spaces, but for those who need to make the most of the space in their dream kitchens, there are many ways to incorporate versatile space.
A Distinctive Backsplash
The basic purpose of a backsplash is to provide an easy-to-clean surface behind areas that are prone to splatters and splashes. In a dream kitchen, you can take the backsplash to a whole other level by indulging special lighting, modular storage or unique materials
Even if you can’t afford to have every luxe detail in your dream kitchen, choosing dramatic lighting can make a budget design look spectacular. Much like a gorgeous gem, a statement lighting fixture draws the eye and adds pizzazz.
Innovative Kitchen Appliances
Chilled food storage has gone from an individual refrigerator and freezer to a choreographed “food” preservation system. Most dream kitchens also include specialized kitchen appliances that cater to your cooking whims, including specialty grills, steam ovens, custom wine storage and meat smokers.
If you cook you need ventilation, but it no longer needs to be a massive, traditional hood. The latest styles include low-profile versions, models that include lighting and some that retract into the ceiling.
Many people don’t give much thought to the knobs and hardware on their cabinets, but much like jewelry or embellishment for a designer outfit, hardware is the finishing touch for your dream kitchen. Even just swapping out knobs can totally change the look of your space.
Dream and dream big. Figure out what you want in your kitchen, prioritize those items, and then apply your budget to the list. See what you can afford and what you can do to bring your kitchen closer to your dream. Of course, few people can afford to have everything, but if you plan well and include the elements that are most important to you, you can make you dream kitchen come true.