The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home (and the heart of a party), so obviously people are willing to spend lots of money on extravagant kitchen designs.
There are so many types and styles and shapes of kitchens to choose from. Now, there are numerous innovative appliances too, so the cost of a new kitchen can add up quickly.
What innovative technology would you add to your home to give it a feel of luxury and that extra je ne sais quoi? I’d love one of those bendy, hose-type taps on the sink. Or an extractor fan that pops up from the worktop.
Modern kitchens benefit greatly from new sleek appliances, giving the design an additional minimalistic aesthetic. But innovation is not limited to homeowners of modern properties. Luxury touches can be achieved across styles of kitchens. Here, Harvey Jones, kitchen design specialists, take a look at some of the most extravagant kitchen additions to make your kitchen stand out from the rest.
For the wine connoisseur or the party host, wine coolers and fridges are a must-have. Wine coolers have humidity controls, with a UV-resistant glass door to protect good-quality bottles from natural sunlight. Some of which also feature independently-controlled temperature zones, so you can cool a red and white wine at different temperatures. Wine fridges have also been designed in slim-line models so there is no need to sacrifice valuable storage space on an island or in smaller kitchens.
From the standard buyer and entertainer to the collector and sommelier, a wine cooler serves as a perfect appliance to add a little luxury to a kitchen design.
But just how much will they set you back?
You can pick up a wine cooler under £100. However, if you are looking for one which has the integrated independently-controlled temperature zones, can store more than 100 bottles of wine, and looks elegant in your kitchen, you could be looking to invest anywhere between £800 and £3,000.
If you’re feeling extra indulgent, you could even invest in a wine preservation and serving system. Engineered to store bottles of wine at the optimum temperature, you will truly impress your guests with this appliance. The system keeps wine fresh for anywhere between 10 days and two months, depending on the model you choose. You can expect to pay anywhere from £750 to £4000 for an impressive wine station.
Rival baristas with your own variety of freestanding or built-in coffee machine. You can enjoy great quality coffee within the comfort of your own home. Innovation in this field has led to coffee machines with interactive touchscreens. There are even machines such as Nespresso’s Prodigio with a Bluetooth feature. Your morning brew can be made from your bed via your phone.
The Bodum Coffee & Tea Maker is another great design, combining a tea and coffee machine in one to cater for all tastes. Miele provides the perfect range of in-built coffee machines, crafted with a comfort door and cup sensor, to achieve a sleek finish in your kitchen.
Some coffee machines are well within budget range for most homeowners who can’t function without their daily caffeine fix. However, for a more indulgent purchase, companies such as Venus, engineers of the Venus Century Espresso Machine have created models which could set you back around £15,000.
The refrigerator will need to be considered alongside the cabinetry so that your extravagant kitchen design takes into account whether you are opting for a standalone retro fridge-freezer such as Smeg, or an in-built model. Newer models have a touch screen fridge which takes a photo of the contents to preview on your phone so there’s no need to write a weekly shopping list. For this integrated technology, you can look to invest around £1,000 to £3,000.
Hot water taps
I would adore one of these. Who wouldn’t love tea at the push of a button?! No more waiting for the kettle to boil.
A concept that first got recognition in commercial kitchens, hot water taps are now the perfect finish to any extravagant kitchen design. Most models reach 98° however, Quooker taps reach 100° to provide the true replacement for your kettle.
Aside from making tea and coffee in a flash, the hot water taps prove a useful cooking aid when using your hob. What’s more, taps can now be truly unique to you with a range of finishes so that your design can be inline with the latest colour trends.
Quooker tap prices start at £600, and prices increase depending on the design of the tap, the finish, the tank, and any accessories you want to accompany it.
Are you ready to start designing your extravagant kitchen? What indulgent kitchen appliances are on your wishlist?