The Luxury Kitchen Today

The kitchen of today is considered showpiece of the modern home. A place for storage, preparation, cooking, and entertainment, the multi-faceted space that does it in style. The ultimate design statement of the home starts in the kitchen. Trends of open-floor plans and high ceilings have made the kitchen center-stage and sets forth all the other design decisions in the home.

The kitchen’s importance to the home owner is second to none. In today’s open-floor home designs, the kitchen takes president in the family’s lifestyle. In today’s market, kitchens are the most important selling point in home buyers’ decision, according to, and homes listed with “luxury kitchens” sell faster and command a higher selling price than similar-sized homes in the same ZIP code.

The luxury kitchen must also be equipped with professional appliances used by most professionals. With the increase of food and culinary shows and blogs, the modern appliance has become the engine that makes the kitchen run. Not to be undone, new refrigerators and freezers are now becoming food storage and preservation units.

Some 80% of home remodeling projects take place in the kitchen, according to the National Association of Home Builder’s Remodeling Market Index survey.

Recent NKBA Convention Panel Discussion discussed luxury kitchen designs today ….Here are some highlights from the panel discussion:

Upscale cabinets must be as beautiful on the inside as on the outside

Cabinets are the grounding element in the luxury kitchen, as all the other elements are mounted on them or placed within them. What’s more, they set the design style for the kitchen. “Today we see transitional and modern style with strong architectural references increasingly popular,” explained Jason Artus of Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry, based in Lancaster County, PA.

“That’s also why we find European style frameless-constructed cabinets growing in demand,” Artus said. Frameless cabinets allow for additional storage with wider drawers and pullouts because they do not have a face frame attached to the front of the cabinet box and no center stile coming down in the middle of two cabinet doors. Frameless cabinets give a sleek, simple aesthetic that provide easier access to the items inside.

Another trend Artus sees in luxury cabinet choices is more drawers, instead of hinged door cabinets. “Additional drawers in the kitchen results in more accessible storage and organization, which is a top priority for clients to be sure that each and every kitchen item has its place.” And once those drawers or cabinets are opened, lights need to turn on automatically to guide the way.

And for the luxury home owner, the outside is just as important as the inside when it comes to cabinets. “It is expected that today’s upscale cabinetry look as beautiful on the interior as it does on the exterior,” Artus said, as he points to growing interest within the design community in white oak on cabinet interiors for “those looking for a lighter option to pair with darker exterior finishes.”

Luxury kitchens mean chef-quality appliances

While cabinetry provides the modern kitchen’s form, the appliances provide its function. And today that function is going more high-tech as smart technology is added into the mix. Selecting appliance brands that serve their function in style and are ahead of the curve in innovation is key.

Juanita Galliford, of Thermador, part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, shared that her company has been at the forefront of kitchen innovation since its founding in 1916. It invented the wall oven and cooktop combination and was the first to introduce stainless steel. And in 1948 it brought the first professional-quality and performance ranges to the home owner, followed by the first self-cleaning oven in the 60s. When it comes to kitchen appliance innovation, she said, “Thermador has led while other brands have followed.”

On the cutting edge of cooking technology today is the steam/convection oven, Galliford explained. “The steam oven is one of the healthiest ways to cook a meal. Traditional ovens pull moisture out of the food as it cooks, while in a steam oven food is cooked in its own juices, enhancing flavor and retaining nutrients,” she said and told how it is also super-fast, allowing a 14 lb. turkey to cook in only 90 minutes.

And in the modern luxury kitchen, the refrigerator has taken on a new role as the “culinary preservation center,” noted Galliford. “Refrigerators are no longer just about preservation. Today’s homeowner wants personalization allowing them to customize the line up of cold storage combinations that give them exactly the cold storage solutions they desire.” So a modular concept in cold storage is required allowing the homeowner to pick fresh food store, freezer and wine storage combinations right for their needs.

From sink and faucet to water appliance

And perhaps the most overlooked, yet most critical function in the kitchen is the faucet and sink, which ROHL has redefined as the water appliance. “The most used appliance in the kitchen is actually the faucet/sink combination,” said Greg Rohl. “A family of four uses their water appliance 20-30 times a day. We encourage designers to think about reallocating budgets towards this most heavily used ‘appliance’ allowing clients to spend more for better quality and more attractive solutions.”
To discover the water appliance faucets, fixtures and fittings that meet 21st century needs in quality, style and function, ROHL canvases the world to find products that meet the luxury homeowners’ needs, like the innovative Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet, which founder Ken Rohl discovered in Europe in 1983 and which became the flagship product for the ROHL brand.
Through close collaborations with its worldwide partners, ROHL finds it critical to maintain authenticity in time-honored material and craft while adapting to modern needs. “We work closely with on-staff engineers and industrial designers to incorporate low-lead material requirements, meet California water-use and flow restrictions and IAPMO and EPA WaterSense criteria without compromise,” Rohl noted.

The luxury kitchen of tomorrow today

Designing the kitchen of tomorrow today requires bringing many separate components provided by a variety of suppliers with unique expertise together into a cohesive kitchen package that combines beauty and function, efficiency and style. “Traditional kitchen configurations with upper and lower cabinets are being replaced by full-on kitchen islands – grounded by larger sinks, faucets and accompanying accessories,” Rohl explained. “Today, and in the future, the multi-function sink/faucet combination will continue to be the mainstay of the kitchen, flanked by the cooking and cold storage appliances, and installed with beautiful, architectural cabinetry that defines the kitchen’s style.”

The kitchen’s place of presence in the home is without doubt. Yet its form and function continues to evolve with technology, product and design innovations. Perhaps Christopher Peacock, a high-end cabinetry designer in Norwalk, CT expressed the evolution of the modern kitchen best: “It’s almost not worth calling it a kitchen anymore—it’s a living room that you can cook in.”


Renovating a kitchen is a challenging prospect. There are so many things to consider that it is easy for the average homeowner to become overwhelmed. Because of this, and because mistakes in design can be costly, many homeowners decide to consult with a professional kitchen designer when remodeling. But how do you choose the right designer for your kitchen project?

First of all, you should consider the professional credentials of any designer you are thinking of using. One certification is the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), which makes sure that those with its credentials are competent in building codes, construction standards, and professional practices, among other things. Another source of certification is the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Designers with NKBA credentials have studied the construction, electrical, and plumbing issues that are particular to kitchens and baths. Certification does not always guarantee quality work, but it at least ensures a certain level of competency.

A great way to find a kitchen designer is to find one whose work you like. If you really love a friend or family member’s kitchen, ask them who designed it. If you are already speaking with a designer, ask to see examples of their work or if they have any references. Seeing the work of a designer in person will give you an idea of how they solve design problems, in addition to showing you their style. Speaking with previous clients, especially ones you know personally, can also tell you if the designer was easy to work with. You will want to find out if they met deadlines and whether the client was satisfied with the process and the final design.

If you don’t know anyone with a kitchen you love, there are some resources available for you. You can contact the American Society of Interior Designers to find design professionals near you. You can also use the NKBA’s locator service to find a kitchen designer. Once you’ve found a few prospective designers, you should ask for references and to see examples of their previous work.

Personality is also something to consider when selecting a kitchen designer. They may have done excellent work, to deadline and under budget, but if you don’t get along with them then they probably aren’t the best designer for you. You need a designer you can work with, who will listen to your concerns and use your design preferences to guide their work. If you feel a designer isn’t listening to you, or if they denigrate your style preferences for reasons unrelated to feasibility, then you should move on to another candidate. You should not spend large sums of money just to have to work with someone you can’t get along with.

Choosing a designer can be tricky, and making the wrong choice could end up costing you money. Be sure to take your time and find the right one for your needs.


Celebrity kitchens are something that people would give anything for! Just looking at these kitchens will send you into a tizzy and increase your hunger pangs. To top it all off, they have the latest appliances, making their kitchens elegant beyond words. It is said that celebrities are knocking over one another to possess the top kitchens in Hollywood!

Here are the top 10 celebrity kitchens for you to drool over!

Jay Z and Beyoncé

As per TMZ, this kitchen captures your imagination with a certain wow factor! They haven’t yet bought this place, but it is well worth the mention. The Jay Z-Beyoncé kitchen is one of the swankiest kitchens yet and it can really drive you crazy! The kitchen is totally white everywhere and has a lovely view of the Los Angeles Skyline. This kitchen is part of their 85 million dollar home, high up in the Hollywood hills.

Lady Gaga

The Lady Gaga’s kitchen fully qualifies to be in this list. A European style kitchen, it is in her Malibu mansion. The place has a high ceiling and magnificent exposed beams and boasts of a pretty rustic finish. This kitchen is a favorite of the lady where she and her monstrous friends gather to sink their teeth into some delicious vittles.

Billy Joel

Billy’s kitchen is totally uptown and full of class. It is purely a chef’s kitchen. The ceiling is very high and reminds you of a cathedral. There is plenty of sitting room and a party of sorts can be hosted right there!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Taking into account the flashy and eccentric lifestyle of Kanye and Kim, their kitchen comes as a surprise package. The French style kitchen is pretty simple to the eye, but yet it is very much there in the high end and is elegantly understated. This kitchen is in their Bel Air Hills mansion, which is only like eight bedrooms.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen’s kitchen is an old world charm with chairs styled like those of the 19th century. Situated in her Santa Monica ranch, this kitchen has a Danish lounge chair that catches your eye instantly. The light fixtures are all Italian.

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Going by Hollywood standards, the house is surprisingly cheap at 2.5 million dollars. The one area that stands out in this house is the kitchen! It is of open design and is extremely gorgeous. The refrigerator is a really huge piece- perhaps they store a lot of food in there!

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer’s kitchen is ultra-modern and chic. This seriously swanky kitchen is in her New York penthouse apartment.

Anne Hathaway

The most awesome thing about Anne’s kitchen is the view it provides! Otherwise, the kitchen is rather minimalistic and suits her just fine. But with a view like that, everybody falls for it!

Renee Zellweger

Renee has a stunning white kitchen which is completely high-tech. There are lots of pots and pans hanging around just over the island in fact, most of the stuff in her kitchen is hanging!

Sir Elton John and David Furnish

Elton’s kitchen is all money and that’s about it. Vibrant colors- almost garish, is what catches your eye. This is in his Los Angeles home and perhaps suits Elton’s taste!


The kitchen is the heart and hub of many homes, and remodeling it can be a massive undertaking. The expense isn’t the only consideration, but the inconvenience that comes with the upheaval of having your kitchen done. Despite the size of the undertaking, homeowners continue to opt for kitchen remodeling because there are plenty of good reasons to do so. Your reasons for a remodel may vary, but here are just a few of the many reasons why you may want to redesign your kitchen.

The Gourmet Kitchen

If you’re a homeowner who just loves to prepare complex and fancy meals, then you may be interested in a kitchen to reflect your love of cooking. If you live in a neighborhood where a gourmet kitchen wouldn’t make much sense, don’t do it unless it’s for your enjoyment and you have no plans on moving.

Special Needs

Sometimes a kitchen will need to be updated or remodeled to accommodate the needs of a disabled member of the family. If someone is in a wheelchair then you’ll want to make the kitchen more accessible when it comes to high counters or out of reach cupboards.


It may be a case of your kitchen falling to pieces. There may be peeling countertops, broken cabinet doors, cracked tiles, or outdated appliances. That’s hardly an inspiration when you’re cooking or entertaining guests. It’s time to redesign your kitchen when it’s lasted longer than its worth.


Your kitchen could still be in pristine kitchen condition, and still be outdated. If your kitchen screams the 80s, but you’re ready to step into the here and now, redesign your kitchen.

Financial Incentives

Your primary motivation, of course, could be that a redesign will allow you to upgrade to energy saving appliances. You may get rebates for that, plus you’ll have lower utility bills.

A Change

Sometimes, a homeowner just wants a little change. The kitchen could be updated, functional, and even attractive, but it just doesn’t appeal to the homeowner anymore.


Maybe the design of the kitchen worked for the last homeowner, but it’s definitely not for you. Whether you want a breakfast bar for the family to gather around informally, or you see the benefits of an island. Whatever the reason, the motivation for redesigning your kitchen may just be to re-arrange the room to suit your needs.

Home Improvement Television

Home improvement TV shows are incredibly popular, and sometimes just watching them inspires homeowners to make changes in their home.

Energy Savings

As mentioned above, new appliances mean an opportunity to choose energy efficient products. You can also add skylights, which diminishes the need for artificial lights. Consider a solar water heater too!

There are many reasons to redesign your kitchen. Homeowners may choose to redesign the kitchen simply to make the property more valuable, and more marketable. A newly remodeled kitchen can be appealing to prospective buyers. The return on investment will be dependent on numerous factors, like the current market, and the level of the remodel. If you’ve been thinking about it…just do it!


If you are considering a kitchen remodel, then you’ll want to check out the latest trends in kitchen designs. Before the new year arrived, the hottest designers were already talking about what would be popular in 2017. From color schemes and counter tops to the latest trends in cabinetry and kitchen technology, we’ve compiled the 10 best kitchen designs.

Further Integration of Living Spaces with Kitchens
The kitchen has never really been just a kitchen, well, not for quite some time anyway. It may be a place for cooking, but it’s also for working in, dining, entertaining, and relaxing. Over the years, the kitchen has become more connected to the home. They’re becoming part of the living space.

Smart Kitchens
Smart kitchen appliances are becoming more popular as the prices start to lower. More of our appliances are being designed with built-in Wi-Fi to allow remote access to coffee machines and more. Imagine setting the oven to reheat as you’re on the way home from work!

Modernity Is Back
Some say that contemporary kitchen designs are bad. This is true for modern homes, traditional homes, and newly built homes. Features like touch press cabinets, industrial style features, mixed materials, and sleek matte units are dominating.

A Traditional Makeover
Traditional is still popular, but it’s getting a makeover. Traditional is moving towards less detailed, clean lines. Forget ornate moldings…smooth finishes are in to provide a clean finish. It will certainly make cleaning a breeze.

Hide Away
As we continue to integrate our kitchen with the rest of our home, we start to look at what features can improve the space. We know that the kitchen isn’t just for cooking and eating, so why hide away features which are growing in popularity? Pocket doors and sliding doors can reveal kitchen appliances, ovens, extra counter space, and even sinks. So when you need to use these elements you can reveal them, and then hide them away when you’re not using the space for cooking. This makes the space more welcoming for entertaining and relaxing.

Functional Cabinetry
The traditional L and U-shaped kitchens are being dropped for modular options. Imagine, a straight wall of cabinetry, a floor block for ceiling long cabinets, plus an island. This provides three separate units, making better use of the space and providing plenty of storage.

Solid Wood
It’s kind of back. It may have waned in popularity, but flashes of wood are becoming popular again. Think Scandinavian designs with walnut, or bleached oak.

High Spec Appliances
Wine fridges, steam ovens, boiling water taps, built-in coffee machines… once upon a time these elements were seen as a bonus, now they’re standard features. Expect the demand for these components to keep growing.

Mixed Materials
This may be the biggest kitchen design trend. Stone, marble, bare wood, polished concrete, and metal. We’re seeing more kitchen sinks that are dropping the stainless steel for cast iron, stone, composite granite, and even copper. You can opt for these elements in lighting, taps, seating, and even door handles. Use your imagination when it comes to backsplashes and gets clever.

Kitchen color palates are changing. Gray is incredibly popular, but it may be on its way out, with bright color splashes and moody hues taking over.


The thought of Italy often conjures up images of the kitchen. You may imagine boisterous family meals in a rustic setting accented with earthy colors. Or, you may dream about the sleek styles associated with modern Italy. Whichever image appeals to you, there is no doubt that Italy is strongly associated with food and the kitchen. It is no wonder, then, that many customers request an Italian style kitchen when they decide to renovate. In this piece, we will briefly take a look at the history of Italian kitchen design and its influence on today’s homes.

If the more rustic version of Italian kitchen designs appeals to you, then you just might be a fan of Tuscan design. This style was born out of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, with its rolling hills and cypress tree vistas. Stone is a regular feature in this style because that was a readily available material in Tuscany. Its availability and ability to withstand years of use made it a cost-effective material to use. It also helped to keep homes cool during the hot Tuscan summers.

The people of Tuscany have also always had a great deal of respect for the past. They have never believed that the old should be discarded for the new. Stone and brick walls would often remain unplastered so that newer generations could appreciate the craftsmanship of the past. This is why exposed walls are used today as an element of this style. This love of the past is also why cabinetry that appears to be distressed is often used in a Tuscan-style kitchen.

The colors used in Tuscan Italian design reflect the use of natural colors found in the region. The terracotta and burnt orange tones recall the colors of the native soil and have been used for centuries to emphasize the connection of the people with their environment. If you desire a more earthy, antique kitchen style, then you may want to look to Tuscany for your inspiration.

In complete contrast to the Tuscan style is the more modern and sleek modern Italian kitchen. This style emerged following World War II, and is associated with an interest in technology and industrial development that followed it. Think sleek, smooth-fronted cabinets in various colors and the liberal use of metal, and you will get an idea of what modern Italian design consists of.

Much of the modern movement of Italian design began as a reaction against the old ways of doing things, from government to interior decorating. The emergence of new materials, like linoleum and steel, made possible by advances in industrial technology also provided designers with new mediums to work with. Simple, geometric designs and functionality were prized more than the intricate, antique wooden furniture that had once predominated design.

Combining these novel ideas with the longstanding Italian reputation for excellence in craftsmanship and design, caused the new style to quickly gain popularity. Although it is more popular in Europe, this style is beginning to gain a foothold in the kitchens of the United States.


We are going to weigh up the differences between Italian and Traditional kitchen design, starting with the Italian offering. Italian design will mean something different to different people.

Recent designs from Italy are known for their innovative, sleek designs, though many people will imagine a massive family gathering in a room that is filled with old warm charm. So, let’s discuss Traditional Italian design and Modern Italian design.

Traditional Italian

The traditional Italian kitchen design feels rustic. They feel warm and cozy, and also incorporate outdoor elements such as terra cotta and stone, as well as other natural elements.

Lighting – If you want the rustic look, avoid modern lighting. Choose charming sconces and wrought-iron chandeliers. For a modern twist, aim for shiny and contemporary styles.
Colors – Rustic Italian designs use warm colors, often golds, oranges, and warm yellows that mimic a sunset. Consider a splash of blue in tiles to evoke the sea.
Floors – A rustic Italian design aims to incorporate the outdoors with the indoors. So, your floors should be a natural material. You can choose for hardwood, or terra cotta, stone, or natural ceramic tiles.
Furniture – The kitchen is the hub of your home if you want to accommodate everyone considers a large wooden table for your rustic kitchen.
Accessories – Accessories will bring your rustic kitchen to life. Choose antiques, bright dishes on display, pottery, herbs potted in clay pots for the windowsill, and hang your pots and pans from ceiling racks.

Modern Italian

While the majority of people will think of the above at the mere mention of an Italian kitchen design, it isn’t the only style. Italy has long been at the forefront when it comes to design, from interior design to fashion, architecture and… kitchen design, of course. Italy is finally getting recognition for their contemporary designs.

Sleek and slick, featuring a streamlined design with integrated appliances. Forget unnecessary accessories or frills, it’s all about style and function. Essentially, the polar opposite of its traditional counterpart.

No matter which one you prefer, you can definitely incorporate a variety of the elements into your space.

Traditional Kitchen

Now that we’ve covered the two types of Italian Kitchen designs, let’s talk about the traditional style. The traditional kitchen design is a combination of classic design, comfortable furniture, as well as casual décor. It features warm colors, symmetrical lines and various design elements.

It’s a popular choice for many homes, and can incorporate the best designs from every century. Your traditional kitchen will leave you feeling elegant and comfortable all at once. They feature colors that are warm, rich, and inviting. While the furniture is soft, stained glass or glass doors can give your kitchen a touch of character and checkered tiles or wood flooring can create a space that feels personal.

Traditional kitchen design allows the homeowner to keep the original appliances, and incorporate furniture and colors which update the kitchen’s appearance with a fresh look, but a traditional feel.


So, you’ve decided that you want to renovate your kitchen. You’ve seen decent prices at places like IKEA for a more or less prefabricated kitchen. But you want something nicer, something that meets all of your needs. You want your dream kitchen! If this is what you want, you will probably want to have your kitchen custom designed. Before you go this route though, you want to know whether it is worth the extra cost.

When considering whether a custom kitchen design is worth it, you have to consider two angles. First, is the cost worth it to you in terms of style and usability? Second, is the cost worth it in terms of the resale value of your home?

Let’s look at whether the cost of a custom-designed kitchen will be worth it for your own use. If you plan on staying in your home for a long time, you definitely want to have a kitchen that meets your needs and your design preferences. While stock cabinets and DIY design may be slightly cheaper, if they don’t provide the usability you need or don’t match your style, then you are just wasting money. Not to mention, custom kitchens are usually designed with much higher-quality components than are prefabricated ones.

You can make far more choices with a custom designed kitchen than you can with a prefabricated design. You can usually make changes in things such as cabinet size and door style than you could make if you choose the DIY route. You also have a wider array of options for items such as your sink and appliances. Cabinet placement can be designed around speciality appliances in a way that can’t really be done with stock cabinets.

If your kitchen is unusually small or large, or if it has an awkward layout, prefabricated kitchens are probably not a good choice for you. The standard sizes available with stock cabinetry may leave you with wasted space or a poor layout. You may end up spending more in the long-run to have custom adjustments made to the stock pieces. Or you could end up renovating again when the consequences of your choice are made clear and your kitchen doesn’t meet your needs.

If you think you might be moving within a few years, then you need to consider whether the cost of a custom kitchen is worth it in terms of resale value. According to the experts, a kitchen remodel is the home improvement most likely to provide a return on investment. The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the home when it comes to selling a house. You want to make sure that yours adds to the value of your home.

Cheap cabinetry and poor design are easy to spot by potential home buyers. Many will not want the extra cost and time entailed in having to undertake their own renovation product. By choosing a custom kitchen design, you can ensure that your kitchen has the design and functionality that will eventually help it sell. Plus, this is one investment that you get to enjoy until you do decide to sell.

Renovating your kitchen may be the most important investment you make in your home. Save yourself money and potential headaches in the future by considering a custom kitchen design.


What is a smart kitchen, and what makes it so clever anyway? There is a divide in opinion as to whether a smart kitchen diminishes the intelligence of its user. Some of a more traditional disposition claim that innate knowledge and the passing down of techniques is diminished by increasing reliance on technology to perform domestic tasks. But top chefs will disagree. They know the stress of a working kitchen and the time it took checking temperature consistency and chopping herbs could often be better spent.

How much time do you spend in the kitchen? Cooking has become a popular pass time for millions of people and there are few delights as satisfying as a lovingly home-cooked meal. But when entertaining do you really want to spend hours slaving away over steaming pots or scrubbing dishes, whilst tarnishing your carefully selected outfit with edible debris? You should be mingling, attending to your guests and catching up. That’s the point, isn’t it? They may have come in anticipation of a meal. But you are the main attraction.

It can be a little daunting. A kitchen upgrade can put you in a mind of total renovation. Weeks without the amenities you use daily and thousands of dollars spent which you were saving for that vacation. But it need not be such a circus. Your kitchen can be brought into the twenty-first century with just a few technological additions and it need not break the bank.

Smart technology can take a little getting used to, our brains perform most domestic tasks systematically and you may find yourself wondering what to do with all that extra time. Remember, before the smart kitchen, you were spending hours chopping, washing and stirring, wishing you had the time for higher exploits or just recreation. Those with young children particularly benefit. You can now cook to fit around homework, games and outings, instead of cramming activities in around dinner preparation.

Smart kitchens aren’t just great for time-saving, they also enhance lifestyles. There are thousands of products aimed at healthy living, which prepare, measure and monitor your diet. Making the process of food preparation more enjoyable has proven to aid people in making healthier decisions.

Mums, it’s never been so easy to get the kids cooking! With so many appliances offering a safer interactive cooking experience, the whole family can get involved. And great products, like the smart scale, make it easy and fun for even very little ones.

The way we live is ever changing and smart kitchens offer us the freedom to explore our world while maintaining high standards of living at home. Invest in your future and find out what you can accomplish with technology to support you.