Upscale Kitchen Ideas

by Carmen Corbin on February 17, 2012

Coin counters beware – this post won’t win any awards for kitchen designing on a budget.  We’re presenting some grand ideas for homeowners with a few extra dollars available.  But even if your funds are a bit more limited, you can still glean a few sparks of inspiration for ways to add an upscale touch to your kitchen.

Stainless Steel is Just the Beginning…

The current trend in kitchen appliances is, of course, stainless steel.  Its clean, industrial look immediately lends a certain flash to the room.  But after selecting new appliances, what’s next?  Here are some suggestions to consider when sitting down with your kitchen remodeler:

Double Up the Appliances: Yes, we’re still talking about appliances, but now the focus is on the number.  Double ovens are one piece, and are quickly becoming a kitchen staple.  Another emerging trend is having two refrigerators – some would say, one for your growing teenager and one for the rest of the family!  If you don’t have the space for two, consider an extra large fridge with amenities like snack drawers.  For added cooking surfaces, choose a professional style cook top with a built-in grill or extra burners.

Add a Kitchen Island: An island is a must-have in larger kitchens, giving your family added counter space and more storage.  Installing a second sink in the island also aids in quicker food preparation, and having water lines there also opens up the possibility of locating your dishwasher next to the additional sink.

Look for Quality Cabinets: Beautiful, top-of-the-line cabinets with multiple functions, decorative features and solid construction can be quite an expense, but they also command your attention the moment you enter the kitchen.  If your existing cabinets are in good structural shape, you can also create a brand new look by having them professionally refinished.  Ask your kitchen remodeling contractor or kitchen designer for suggestions on trendy cabinet hardware with some bling factor.

Upgrade the Surfaces: Today’s consumers have an endless array of materials to choose from for countertops and flooring.  It’s easy to make a luxurious statement with granite, quartz, marble or an exotic hardwood.  Or choose a custom concrete counter for a surprising element that will be the topic of conversation at your next dinner party.

Increase the Convenience Factor: An attractive, hanging pot rack is a welcome addition to any gourmet kitchen, especially when you’re in the middle of preparing a great recipe.  If you love cooking with fresh herbs, consider installing a greenhouse window for instant, year round access.  Plus, the greenery of the plants will add a sense of lushness to your beautiful new kitchen.

For more upscale kitchen remodeling ideas, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.

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