There is no one style to qualify a kitchen as a luxury kitchen, but you will notice that most of our featured kitchens are large. Additional common features of luxury kitchens include:
- Islands (often large)
- Granite counter tops
- Custom kitchen cabinets that extend to the ceiling
- Hard wood or tile flooring
- Custom lighting
- Tile back-splashes
- 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.
Color schemes vary, but most are white or natural wood. A few use extensive stainless steel, but this isn’t common.
As for layout, this too varies from a traditional 3-sided kitchen, to long and wide galley kitchens with islands to open-concept kitchens.
Whether you simply appreciate fabulous custom kitchen design, are in the process of building a custom home or are planning a kitchen renovation.
Ultimate Investment: As the most valuable room in any house, a luxury kitchen adds tremendous worth to a home. Unlike an expensive car, which can depreciate quickly, an expensive kitchen is an investment that creates value over a longer period of time.
Price Points: In my experience in the kitchen remodeling industry, I’m convinced that the old adage “You get what you pay for” holds true when it comes to building kitchens. Luxury appliances and expensive kitchen cabinets will last much longer and retain their value far better than mid-range and low-end options. I’ve seen mid-level cabinetry crumbling and falling off the walls after only 10-15 years. Cheap import cabinetry may “look” luxurious today but will end up in a dump in a very short time. Your best bet is to buy it right the first time. Considering a luxury kitchen design is a great place to start.
Luxury Kitchen Cabinets: Cabinetry is the largest and most important investment in any kitchen remodel. Luxury kitchen cabinets often feature high-end American woods like Cherry and Walnut with rich, dark stains. Exotic woods such as Sapele Mahogany or Brazilian Cherry can take it to another level. Specialty painted and glazed finishes can also make for a luxurious kitchen. For a downright opulent look, some cabinet finishers use gold leaf to accent cabinetry details. High-end kitchens often feature flush inset, frameless, or beaded inset cabinets with deluxe undermount soft-closing drawers.
Luxury Appliances: To create a beautiful focal point in the room, an artfully crafted wood hood makes a stunning design statement. For extra elegance, luxury appliances can be framed in with decorative carved posts or fluted columns. Occasionally the appliances themselves are panelized with wood. Luxury kitchen sinks can be crafted of heavy gauge stainless steel, polished or hammered copper, or even marble or granite.
Luxury kitchen with 2 islands. One island has a sink and the second is for dining.
Large rectangle kitchen in wood with white counter tops and stainless steel appliances
Predominantly white kitchen with stainless steel appliances with white and grey granite counter tops. 4 wood stool chairs line the large island for eat-in area.
Custom kitchen with extensive use of natural wood. Wood cabinets, island, floor as well as wood crown molding on ceiling. Natural wood offset with stainless steel appliances.
Picture of white kitchen with dark counter tops and dark wood floor. Large white and dark island has 3 wood chairs for eat-in area.
Large dark wood kitchen in luxury home. Kitchen opens up into living space and includes large central island with sink. Floor is wood and ceiling is white creating contrasting color scheme between dark kitchen design with light ceiling.
Custom wood kitchen with wood floor. Cabinets span both sides of the room with a long dark-topped island down the center. Dining area at end of the kitchen.
Spacious white kitchen with eat-in peninsula in addition to dining table situated in the center of the kitchen. White cabinetry offset with dark wood flooring.
Custom kitchen design with stainless steel counter tops sitting on natural wood cabinets offset with stainless steel appliances and light wood floor. Bank of windows provide natural light throughout.
Great room living area with large white kitchen, dark wood wood floors and elevated white-beamed ceiling
U-shaped kitchen in upscale home with wood cabinets, tile floor opening up to small dining nook.
Large country kitchen with curved wall and two islands. Cabinets and one island in white while second island natural wood tone. Tray white ceiling adds to the design.
Modern dark metallic kitchen with 2-level island and dark wood floor
Long luxury custom kitchen in white with long white island.
Open concept living area with tall ceilings. Kitchen opens up to dining area. Walls painted in dark green above the custom dark wood cabinetry. Large kitchen island leads into the dining area. Dark tones offset by light floor.
Large kitchen with white walls, arched doors, dark cabinetry, white counter tops and large central island.
White kitchen with white ceiling, walls and cabinets. Long custom kitchen island with red stools sits in the center of the large kitchen.
Red-toned wood kitchen cabinets that are intricate in design and include many glass-faced cabinets up top.