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Here's a list of ten elements that I believe every kitchen should have:
1. Natural Light
Look for ways to maximize light, from eliminating cabinets next to windows to using transparent or reflective materials like glass and stainless steel within the space.
I like to incorporate soft seating, a TV, and (when I can) a fireplace, to make the kitchen the coziest place in the house. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and the place that everyone gathers.
3. Visual Texture
It's the mix of woods, countertop materials, dishes, and finishes that creates the warmth, personality, and mood within the room. Pay close attention to this detail when designing the kitchen.
4. Stainless Steel
This neutral looks great with everything and will never go out of style. I love its organic quality and its up-to-date detail that this element offers a kitchen.
5. An Island
If space allows, an island is essential. It's the social center of the kitchen and it offers additional storage and work space.
6. A Great Sink
Accessories such as an integrated colander and a sliding cutting board make working at a great sink more efficient.
7. Integrated Refrigeration
Creating cabinet facades to hide refrigeration units gives a tremendous amount of design freedom. By eliminating a large, boxy element, it can make a kitchen feel more room-like.
8. High-Performance Appliances
Today, high-efficiency burners and ovens with convection and self-cleaning options are really indispensable.
9. A Hook
Every great kitchen has a hook, that one unique element that just pulls you in. It could be a designer hood, a coveted farmhouse sink, a copper pot rack.
10. A Kitchen Designer
Kitchen design is complicated, and its options are constantly changing. Hiring a professional is perhaps the most valuable investment you can make. (Oh com'on, you know I had to put a plug in for me!)