The building block to any great design starts with luxury material selections. A kitchen is often considered the “heart of the home” and we’re sharing our tips for maximizing your kitchen’s functionality while remaining a beautiful space for gathering.
Our Principal Designer, Vicky Serany, recently participated in a panel discussion during The Luxury Design Summit presented by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The bottom line is that no matter how big or small your kitchen or budget, design the space to meet the needs of your lifestyle – and take the time to pay attention to the details.
Design your kitchen the “Southern Studio Way”. . .
Invest in High Quality:
Appliances – In order to select the right appliances, you must first assess your lifestyle. Are you entertaining often? Do you have small children or grandchildren? Do you cook a majority of your meals? The technology is there for smart home appliances, so why not take advantage and have this functionality as a helping tool.
Bar / Counter Stools – Every kitchen island needs a set of stools. Invest in the best quality your budget allows since these are some of the most used pieces of furniture in the home. Focus on performance fabrics, leather, or even faux-leather (don’t cringe – the new vinyls are amazing) because in a well-loved kitchen spills are inevitable!
Functionality First: Consider the overall layout and determine what works best for your lifestyle, whether it’s open shelving, deep drawers, or a walk-in pantry!
Create Your Perfect Lighting: Statement lighting with an impact! Add dimmers to your pendants to create task lighting depending on your day-to-day preference and needs.
Elevate Your Hardware: Spruce-up your cabinetry with hardware that adds a special touch, such as pieces with an elegant gold finish, but doesn’t overwhelm!
Count On Your Countertops: Selecting the right countertops is key in any kitchen. In today’s kitchen design, there are so many beautiful options. They’re used as a surface for cooking, working, and even homework time, so make sure they are as durable as they are pretty!
Find Your Perfect Hue: You can never go wrong with a white base for cabinetry but don’t stop there – we love a good pop of color and sometimes a touch of navy blue is all you need! We’re seeing a trend towards warmer finishes in 2021 and a beautifully stained natural wood is something to consider.
Check-out some kitchen items we’re loving!
For more ideas, we’re happy to share NKBA’s The Luxury Kitchen magazine for more inspiration! Enjoy.