LUXURY KITCHEN DESIGN IDEAS
Luxury kitchen design ideas tend to combine the highest quality materials, cutting edge technologies and top of the line appliances to create kitchens worthy of being on the cover of a magazine. But as easy as it may seem, designing a beautiful luxury kitchen isn’t easy. There’s much more to luxury dream kitchens than fancy cabinets and expensive appliances. The design of the kitchen, layout, materials, textures, colors and respect for the smallest details are what makes luxury kitchens a marvel of functional beauty.
Our #1 kitchen design tip is simple: plan ahead. First and foremost, a kitchen needs to be functional. Set aside all the luxury upgrades, expensive materials and cutting edge technologies. What you always start with when designing a new kitchen is the layout. The vast majority of luxury kitchens are large, but any kitchen, no matter the size or expense, has to be laid out properly. Let’s take a look at the 3 most basic kitchen layouts used in the majority of kitchen designs.
Galley Kitchen Design
Galley kitchens are fairly straightforward kitchen designs featuring a passage between two walls. One wall generally features cooking components and storage, the other features the sink, dishwasher and more storage. Galley kitchens are more common in smaller homes but if finished right could still be considered a luxury Kitchen. There small configurations limit the amount of luxury options you can fit but remember luxury isn’t always about size, but quality.
A small kitchen designed perfectly can sometimes be more luxurious than a large kitchen with a poor design.
Finally, consider adding efficient storage options like a lazy Susan, cabinet door organizers and tall pantry storage. This will help ensure that everything you have to store is close at hand but organized efficiently out of sight.
What Colors Work Best In A Galley Kitchen?
When it comes to color schemes for your small galley kitchen, light and bright is a great idea. Lighter colors tend to make a space feel larger, whereas darker ones create a cozy feel but can make a small space feel claustrophobic. Size considerations should always be at the forefront, not an afterthought. Every element in the kitchen should be designed to make the room feel larger and maximize limited space.
Can Galley Kitchens Have An Island?
Yes. What defines a galley kitchen is the layout not the size. If the opposing walls are far enough apart that you can fit an island in the center then by all means install one. Remember you need about 3 feet on all sides of the island as a walkway and to allow enough room to open things like a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher etc.
L Shaped Kitchen Design
L-shaped kitchen designs have an angled cooking and cleaning area shaped like the letter L, hence the name. This design generally gives you more room for storage, appliances, cabinets, etc. L shaped kitchens work great in an open floor plan and generally feature an island.
An L-shaped kitchen design is one of the most popular, classic kitchen layouts. It’s highly flexible and adaptable to a wide variety of sizes and styles. Cooks have always loved the L-shaped layout because it reduces walking time between stations, especially if you incorporate an island into the design. The L-shape makes it very easy to create the classic kitchen triangle. Putting the fridge, stove, and sink in a triangular arrangement.
What Colors Work Best In An L-shaped Kitchen?
It depends on the size of the kitchen and the color scheme for the rest of the home. L-shaped kitchens are generally used in an open floor plan so coordinating your color scheme with the neighboring rooms is a must.
Vary the color value, (light and dark), based on the size of the room. If it’s a small room stick with lighter colors to make the room feel larger. For a medium to large size room darker colors are fine. The current trend for luxury kitchen design is light and bright which luckily works with any size room or home.
Can L-shaped Kitchens Have An Island?
Yes. L-shaped kitchens are the ideal layout for an island. Generally L-shaped kitchen designs are used in open floor plans which use the island as a transition between the kitchen and neighboring room. Islands with seating are great if you have the space because the stools can also act as seating for the next room, generally a dining or living room.
U Shaped Kitchen Design
U-shaped kitchens are great for a luxury kitchen design. Featuring three walls ready for cooking, storage or appliances. Generally large enough to fit a large center island for food preparation, extra storage, a sink, appliances and seating.
What Colors Work Best In An U-shaped Kitchen?
It depends on if there’s a 4th wall. If the kitchen has a 4th wall, generally used for more cabinets or a kitchen table, then you can make the kitchen any color you want. An enclosed room gives you more freedom since the color scheme is isolated. Just remember match the color values to the size of the room.
If there is no 4th wall and the kitchen is open to the rest of the home then coordinate with the neighboring colors.
Can U-shaped Kitchens Have An Island?
Yes. If you have the size then an island works great in a U-shaped kitchen. If there is no 4th wall and the kitchen is open to the next room then consider an island with edge seating like the pic above. Edge seating works great when the seats can be used in either the kitchen or neighboring room.
Pay Attention To Style
Once you’ve chosen the right layout for your space you should decide on the overall style of the kitchen. This is another broad interior design stroke you really have to get right from the start. Generally speaking, this isn’t that hard a decision to make. If your designing a luxury kitchen for a country home, you design a luxury country kitchen appropriate to the style of the home, not an ultra modern one.
In terms of appliances, in a luxury kitchen design the sky’s the limit. Double door refrigerators, double and triple sinks, commercial 6 burner ranges, high-tech ovens are all common features. You’ll be using luxury kitchen brands like Viking, Thermador, Sub-zero / Wolf, Miele, Gaggenau or La Cornue for example. Be prepared to spend a bundle. Luxury kitchen appliances can be over 10 times as expensive as standard units.
The 6 Best Luxury Appliance Brands
Viking was the first company with a professional range in the U.S. since the 1980s. The majority of high end luxury kitchens have a Viking range. Out of Mississippi, Viking continues to innovate and produce some of the absolute best ranges on the market.
Viking also manufactures other kitchen appliances however their strength is by far in designing and building incredible kitchen ranges. They’re currently the standard in high-end kitchen ranges, a spot they’ve held for decades.
As far as ranges go their by far considered #1. However their initial product launches of refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances can be problematic.
Unfortunately, the line continues to have service issues and a bad reputation.
- Strengths: Cooking
- Weaknesses: Reliability for anything other than ranges, specifically dishwashers and, refrigerators
Thermador is based out of California and has been manufacturing appliances for over 75 years. Credited with producing the first wall oven and downdraft. Bosch purchased Thermador in the late 1990s to add reliability to their industry leading innovation.
Thermador is also very strong in cooking, especially pro ranges, wall ovens, and induction. And they’ve recently taken steps forward into steam like many other brands.
They need to refresh their wall ovens and their single convection products, as well as add functionality to a few older models.
The most affordable of the 6 luxury manufacturers with great rebate programs.
- Strengths: Refrigeration, cooking, induction
- Weaknesses: Wall ovens need a refresh as well as their all gas pro ranges
Gaggenau is owned by Bosch. Founded in Germany in 1681. They’ve been on the cutting edge of style and technology and produce some of the finest appliances in the world.
Bosch’s purchase of the company energized the brand by redesigning and restyling their already stellar product lines. Now, Gaggenau is once again a trendy, attractive alternative to more popular luxury kitchen brands with trend-setting products like cutting edge steam oven.
Gaggenau has had a convection steam oven long before Miele, Thermador, and Wolf, and it’s still the most versatile among high end units. They also have a full surface induction cook top allowing you to use any size pan anywhere on the cook top, up to 4 pans.
With Gaggenau, you have a distinctive, industrial style designed by Bang & Olufsen.
- Strengths: Unique style, wall ovens, plumbed steam oven, ventilation, induction
- Weaknesses: Limited offerings, controls can be hard to learn
Miele has an unwavering commitment to quality with over 100 years in the appliance industry.
Their wall ovens, coffee systems, dishwashers and laundry, are all excellent products with incredible reliability. Miele has joined the ranks alongside Wolf by introducing a pro rated range in 2014 with some great tech.
Their 48-inch pro range has a built in microwave warming drawer with steam assist. Their pro range, as well as some of their wall ovens, connect to a water line for steam cycles which is a fantastic, high-end option.
Miele makes cooking easy with their M touch series ovens and ranges along side their Master Chef system which automatically cooks food for you.
- Strengths: Cooking, dishwashers, and 24-inch laundry
- Weaknesses: Hood needs to be sized bigger than the range, modern styling may be a turn-off to some buyers
Sub Zero / Wolf
Don’t buy a Sub-Zero refrigerator for name recognition, buy it for 2-compressor performance, air scrubber, vacuum seal, and a water purifier all maintaining food fresher and longer than the competition. Sub zero is by far the best refrigerator on the market.
For over 60 years, Sub-Zero has been family-owned Madison, Wisconsin company successfully competing against the largest appliance companies in the world.
Sub-Zero bought Wolf 15 years ago and revolutionized cooking with the double convection technology and great simmer capabilities on each burner. Wolf ranges, due in part to their much desired red knobs, have become a staple of luxury kitchen design.
Sub-Zero still outperforms every other manufacturer on the market when it comes to refrigeration remaining the standard for our industry.
- Strengths: Best refrigerator, great cooking, trendy “red knob” range
- Weaknesses: All gas pro needs better output
La Cornue is a French custom line that introduced the first chateau range in 1964. They offer custom-made ranges in sizes ranging from about 3 feet wide all the way up to 6 feet wide.
In addition, they also offer large island ranges, cabinets, and cook tops. Tons of color choices add to the customization. La Cornue specializes in customisable cooking with tons of options. For example, you can have dual ovens, one gas, and one electric in a variety of sizes and colors.
You can also choose the cook top configuration with options such as gas, electric, induction, and/or a French top.
The Chateau range is a top of the line luxury appliance. Fully customizable so you can pick induction, gas, french top, grill or griddle elements plus a wide range of color and size options.
Their gas ovens have an arched top so air flows naturally without a fan assist. Because of this feature it’s considered one of the best ovens for baking.
You can spend $7,500 on a 36-inch wide range or go all the way up to $160k for a much larger and more elaborate La Cornue.
- Strengths: The range
- Weaknesses: Pricey
Although the costs can be well over $30,000 for an entire kitchen, luxury appliances are a must when designing a luxury kitchen.
While you can’t go wrong with any of these brands they each have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Compare units to make sure you get the best fit for your individual needs. Remember a kitchen is a functional space, not just a beautiful one. Buy appliances that meet your needs, not just because they look good.
If you plan on matching all your appliances you’ll have a few items that aren’t the best since each brand is generally best at just one thing. If you plan on mixing brands you’ll get better results.
Pro Tip: If your mixing brands make sure to compare finishes. Not all stainless steel finishes are the same. From brand to brand the color of the steel and sheen can vary slightly. Generally it’s not a noticeable difference except when placed right next to one another like with a range and hood. Keep this in mind when making your selections.
Features of a Luxurious Kitchen
There’s no one single item that qualifies a kitchen as a luxury kitchen, but you’ll notice that most luxury kitchens have a few features in common. Here’s a small list of what you can expect.
- Kitchen islands (often large, with seating and sometimes more than one)
- Pendant or chandelier lighting or sometimes both
- Granite, quartz, marble, or some other expensive counter top
- Custom kitchen cabinets that extend to the ceiling
- Real wood cabinets
- Hardwood or tile flooring
- Custom lighting
- Tile, stone or marble back splashes
- Elaborate tile designs sometimes with inlay
- Stainless steel appliances
- Eat-in section at the island or large peninsula
- Glass-faced cupboards
- In a few cases, you’ll see examples of full double-sided refrigerators and two ovens.
- Lots of storage
- Sometimes a second kitchen prep room
While many of us will never have a dream luxury kitchen and won’t have to spend much time thinking about luxury kitchen design ideas, they’re sure fun to look at.
Below are our top luxury kitchen design ideas for 2019, featuring 10 kitchens, each with an estimated cost of $100,000 plus.
Please note that the costs attributed to the kitchens in this gallery are estimates only. However, since we routinely design and build luxury kitchens both as renovations and in luxury new homes we build, the prices are accurate.
Top 12 Luxury Kitchen Design Ideas 2019
Gray & Brown
Gray cabinets with a brown wood island, dark gray chairs, glass pendant lighting, stainless appliances. Polished concrete floors. White quartz countertops. White trim, doors and ceilings. Recessed LED lighting. Gray walls. Huge room with french doors. Mirrored backsplash. Chrome hardware. Top of the line everything.
White shaker cabinets are the trendy option in luxury kitchen design. Paired with dark wood floors, black granite countertops and black island seating. Top of the line stainless appliances, built in seating, open floor plan. The is the perfect example of a beautiful L-shaped luxury kitchen design. White walls and trim. Thick crown and base moldings. Wallpaper accent walls. Radiators.
Gray and White
White cabinets with a light gray island. Brushed nickel finishes. Stainless appliances. Black and white granite countertops. Mirrored backsplash. Open floor plan L-shaped kitchen. White walls and trim. Glass pendant lighting. Recessed LED lighting. Large floor tiles. Neutral colors. Dark gray seating. Tan window/door trim with a black french patio door.
White and Blue
The trend with current luxury kitchen design ideas is definitely using tons of white. Here we have white shaker cabinets with white countertops. Blue as the secondary color used as an accent wall and kitchen island. Crystal chandeliers. Wood table. Lots of plants add color. Chrome hardware. Black range with a black and white backsplash. Marble floors.
Grey Kitchen Design
Grey luxury kitchen design ideas. Light grey island with dark grey cabinets. Marble backsplash. Brushed hardware. White painted brick. Faux wood tiles. Black and wood accents. Large black framed windows and doors.
White and Wood
White cabinets with dark wood island and trim. Marble countertops. Brushed hardware. Pendant lighting. Wold stone and top of the line stainless appliances. Coffered ceiling. Open floor plan L-shaped kitchen design.
Modern Kitchen Design
Modern kitchen design ideas at they’re best. This home is stunning if you like a modern home design. Open floor plan. Lots of colors and textures. Mirrored walls.
Classic Grey and Blue
This kitchen is gorgeous. A classic design. Open floor plan. Grey cabinets with a dark blue hutch. Large floor tiles. Grey and white theme. Wood island countertop against black counters. Stainless appliances. All top of the line of course. Recessed LED lighting with pendant. Arched french doors to patio.
White and Black
White cabinets with black granite countertops. Black seating. Chrome hardware. Stainless steel appliances. White backsplash. Recessed LED lighting.
White cabinets with white and black countertops. Coffered ceiling. Medium stained oak floors. Pendant lighting with recessed. Brushed hardware. Stainless appliances. Blue secondary colors.
White and Wood
White cabinets with wood countertops. Natural colors and materials. Wood floors. Stainless appliances. White backsplash. Coffered ceiling. Chandelier.
All White Kitchen
All white kitchen design. White cabinets, tiles, ceilings, walls and trim with white marble countertops. Black hardware. Stainless steel Wolf appliances. Coffered ceiling with black pendant lighting. Dark faux wood floor tiles.
Choosing the Right Kitchen Design for Your Home
As you can see, when discussing the variety of luxury kitchen design ideas available, there are a number of factors and tons of options to consider. Designing a stunning luxury kitchen is about a lot more than just filling it with expensive stuff. Take your time, do your research and carefully plan it out. If you do, in the end, I’m sure you’ll be successful.
With so many great luxury kitchen design ideas to choose from when building a new home or renovating an old one, I hope these tips and inspirational pics will help you in some small way.
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