A well-appointed kitchen filled with top-of-the-line appliances, exotic materials and finishes, and numerous features and amenities is a must-have for most luxury homeowners or those in the market to purchase an upscale property. Home fashion and luxury home trends, including smart home technology, are increasingly sought after. A high-end, fully equipped kitchen such as those found in many Atherton and Los Altos Hills homes is indicative that the rest of the residence follows suit.
Even for those homeowners who rarely cook, a kitchen that includes a multitude of luxury bells and whistles is a necessity, especially for entertainment purposes. A well-equipped kitchen provides hired chefs or caterers an optimal space to prepare for both intimate and large gatherings.
Among the top luxury kitchen features are:
- Open layout
- Quality appliances
- Smart technology
Bonus features desired by homeowners and purchasers include:
- Large pantries
- Wine refrigeration
- Top-of-the-line appliances, like Miele, Subzero, Wolfe, and Thermador
Another sought-after kitchen feature is the butler’s pantry, otherwise referred to as a scullery. This secondary kitchen generally located between the dining area and the kitchen is ideal for handling food preparation and serving for large parties while homeowners tend to use it when they don’t want or need to use their main kitchen.
When it comes to appliances, luxury kitchens include multiple dishwashers, again to handle frequent entertaining, built-in cappuccino/coffee makers and wine pouring devices, warming drawers and refrigerator drawers that look like cabinets but offer extra cool storage for produce.
Kitchen layout and materials remain critical components yet homeowners and buyers have differing tastes and requirements than do designers. Designers are trying to reintroduce the closed kitchen while owners and those in the market prefer the open, often centralized kitchen concept. All-white kitchens remain extremely popular among luxury owners and buyers while designers are trending toward dark colors for countertops, flooring and cabinetry. Charcoals, inky blacks, indigo and chocolate browns are designer’s top color choices. As for materials, both find Carrera marble beautiful yet commonplace and are incorporating exotic materials that add drama, color and a more daring feel.
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