Consider these five amazing tips that will turn your ordinary kitchen into a showpiece worthy of an elegant country mansion.
1. Matching Wall and Floor Tiles
No room takes the amount of abuse that your kitchen does so you just might want to think about doing the floor and walls near the stove and sink with matching natural stone tiles. These are typically marble which is elegant in itself, but when the design is carried through from floor to wall, the effect is absolutely stunning. You can check out wall and floor tiles on elleganthomedesign.com (or visit the store at 1002 W.Dundee Road, Arlington Heights, IL) to get an idea of how you would like to fit them into your décor but they do come in a number of shapes and sizes and in a variety of colors. However, one thing is certain and that is nothing adds a touch of class quite like tile floors, walls and marble countertops.
2. Dual Fuel Double Oven Range
Aren’t you tired of the ever-present four burner electric stove? Most homes have black or white appliances but truly classy kitchens are being designed more and more often with brushed stainless dual fuel double oven ranges. Typically, these have 5 or 6 gas burners on top and two separate ovens below. Look for one that has both electric and gas features for the oven because these will also have a convection feature for faster baking time and provide crisper crusts on breads. Yes, they can be quite pricey, but if you enjoy cooking, you will love these top-of-the-line dual fuel ranges.
3. Authentic Butcher Block Island
Of course many newer homes are now being built with prep islands, but these don’t handle a lot of wear and tear. If you are going to incorporate a butcher block island into your kitchen design, make it an authentic solid wood butcher block top. If you want a breakfast bar with stools, that should be set off to the side or placed between rooms in an open floor-plan. A butcher block island is exactly what it should be, a place to prep ingredients you will be using when creating your culinary masterpieces. Don’t settle for anything less than solid 5 inch hard maple end grain tops.
4. Hanging Pot Rack
What butcher block island would be complete without a hanging pot rack above? These seem to go hand in hand and when you first envisioned the prep island, chances are you pictured it with copper bottom (for excellent heat distribution) pots hanging above. No country home or elegant estate would be complete without that charming pot rack over the central prep island and believe it or not, they are just as functional as they are decorative. The one thing you may want to be aware of is the distance from the island to your range. Keep it close enough to be just a step or two away when you turn to place your pots on the stove, but not so close that you can’t easily manage opening the ovens to take out your baked and broiled delicacies.
Hanging Pot Rack. Make Your Kitchen A Foodie’s Haven!
5. Corner Breakfast Nook with Picture Windows
Some of the most charming kitchens have a corner set aside in which to install what is referred to as a breakfast nook. These are often similar to picnic tables because they have benches on two or three sides instead of dining chairs. Typically, they are white or a combination of white and oak, but one thing they do all have in common are the benches that make them a ‘nook.’ The reason why they are usually placed in a corner of the room is to keep those benches out of the way, but also because this is an ideal spot to build lovely picture windows so that everyone seated on either side can have a nice view of the outdoors.
Whether you choose to continue your elegant theme into the dining room where you would hang chandeliers over the table or simply want to put all your efforts into remodeling your kitchen, remember that the one place you will want to start is with your tiling scheme. Nothing is more eye-catching and functional at the same time as real stone tiles. They hold up extremely well against wear and tear, are fire resistant and amazingly beautiful all at the same time. Looking for an elegant kitchen? Begin with these five tips and build from there to turn your kitchen into a showpiece you can be proud of.