If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then it’s definitely a space you want to feel comfortable in — but also one you want to enjoy showing off. Cooks will attest to the fact that a thoughtfully organised, well-stocked kitchen is a must, but whether you’re a pro who can Sous Vide in their sleep or you can barely boil water, there’s something to be said for a kitchen that feels both luxurious and practical.
Those who enjoy cooking will relish spending time in a room that feels opulent, welcoming and functional because there’s truly nothing more inviting (read: luxurious) than a space you and your loved ones enjoy spending time in but also produces nourishment.
Here’s how to make your kitchen feel more luxurious.
The hallmark of a good kitchen is that it’s both practical and screams “oh, I just woke up like this” in interior design. The easiest way to achieve this effortlessly chic and luxurious feeling is through high-quality finishes such as marble and wood. Marble, for example, is high impact and screams luxury. Using a slab for your countertop or as the splashback is a great idea due to the fact that marble is durable, looks fantastic, and is ridiculously easy to clean. Similarly, wood accents can help tie your kitchen to other areas in the house, while also working as clever storage solutions. Stainless steel is another great option if you prefer a more minimalist aesthetic but still want to make the space durable and luxurious.
All in all, it really comes down to how you combine these textures. A stainless steel countertop might look plain on its own, but paired with teak cupboards and copper fittings, you have the beginnings of a space that’s visually pleasing and practical.
Accessorising the kitchen is the simplest (and cheapest!) way to make the space feel more luxurious. You might have though that just adding flowers to your kitchen was enough to brighten up the space, but think again. You want more than one accessory out in the kitchen.
A funky way to accessorise is to use your pots and pans or crockery. This is an inexpensive way to add colour and style into a space that seems lacking. You can do this by hanging them above a kitchen island, or by showcasing them in glass-front cupboards. Alternatively, if you’ve got some lovely plates, put them on show and embrace the new ‘cottagecore’ trend.
Another great option is art. Many people don’t often consider the kitchen for art placements but a careful addition can add immense luxury to the space. Of course, it’s imperative you pick something well-protected and hang it in an area where it’s unlikely to catch on fire or get in the way, but you can have lots of fun with art in kitchens. If you think your space is too bland, get something bright and colourful! If you want to stay within a colour theme, look at groupings of smaller pictures or paintings to add a pop of texture to one area.
Tiles can offer your kitchen a multitude of riches including colour and texture. Consider investing in a vivid green or blue hue for a backsplash that’s attention grabbing but forgiving of spills and splashes. Or, if you’re a minimalist turn to a neutral toned tile that will subtly give the room some texture.
Ensure you look for tiles of a high quality. Poor quality tiles are easy to spot, and while they might look fantastic now, you’ll be regretting you choice in a year when all the wear and tear a kitchen goes through is showing. It may cost slightly more now but you will find that higher-quality tiles more than pay for themselves in the long run. As an added bonus, high quality tiles are a great point to highlight when you go to sell. While many don’t recognise that they do this, seeing high-quality finishes in areas like the kitchen can sway them towards one property over another due to the increased sense of luxury.
Switching out fixtures and hardware can be a relatively painless way to lavish some attention on languishing cupboards, cabinets and draws, especially if you’re going to the trouble of repainting also. It’s also a really simple way to update a kitchen that might be feeling a little old and shabby.
You can also bring the new accent fixtures into your lighting fixtures, or as vases, cutlery and even chairs – the possibilities are endless! Bringing these fixture textures throughout the space will increase the sense of luxury because it makes the space feel more organised (even if it’s not!). Our brains recognise patterns very quickly, so both you and your guests will percieve the space as one that is highly ordered and thoughtfully planned.