Designing a nice-looking kitchen is one thing, but creating a truly unforgettable one is something else entirely. Here are five tricks of the trade that interior designers love to incorporate to give clients’ kitchens that added wow factor.
A Backlit Semiprecious Stone Countertop
Impress dinner party guests by adding a bit of glow to your already beautiful stone kitchen island. Lighting granite, quartzite, onyx, or agate slabs from behind not only adds mood lighting to your space, but it also brings an element of depth and spotlights the spectacular patterns of the stone.
Stained Wood Cabinetry with a Metal Inlay
Integrating metal detailing on stained oak or walnut cabinets is a guaranteed way to bring eye-catching sparkle to your kitchen. Metals like brass can be applied in unique patterns as a decorative element on flat panel cabinets or can line the trim on shaker-style cabinets for an added hint of luxury. Pair the metal inlay with matching metal knobs and pulls that feel durable and strong when operating.
No high-end residential kitchen is complete without panel-fronted appliances. When you purchase a panel-ready refrigerator or dishwasher, you can then have cabinet panels installed on the fronts to camouflage these appliances so that they blend in seamlessly >with the rest of your kitchen. You and your interior designer can work with a cabinet maker to order custom panels that fit your appliances and match your kitchen cabinetry.
A Striking Range Hood
Your range and range hood already occupy a significant amount of real estate in your kitchen, so why not make the area a magnificent focal point? That’s exactly what interior designer Tiffany LeBlanc did in her Haven in the Sky project with a beautiful light-reflecting backsplash and embellished range hood. Another stylish vent hood idea: mixing metals and materials, like a patinated copper hood with stainless steel decoration or a metal hood with wood trim.
A Special Sink
Stunning sinks function like jewelry within a kitchen, especially when they’re made of unexpected materials. In her Haven in the Sky project, for example, LeBlanc included a copper sink within the semiprecious stone kitchen island to add a stunning metallic element to the space. You might also consider an apron front sink made out of stone or a polished brass farmhouse sink with matching brass faucets.