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  • Judy Lain

Practical tips to help you design your luxury kitchen


A luxury kitchen in a showroom is easy to fall in love with because that is where the kitchen has been set up to show its best features. But move that kitchen unit into your house, and it may not have the same feel. Here are some practical tips to help you design your ideal kitchen.


So, before you buy a luxury kitchen, make sure you have spent time planning how to use the space most effectively. A luxury kitchen is an investment, instead of endless comparisons of prices based on standard solutions, work with an architect, kitchen designer or interior designer you trust.


Architects and designers are professionals; their work is delicate and thought through. They understand how best to find the right balance that will make your kitchen both functional and beautiful.


WHAT SHOULD I CHOOSE?


MODULAR LUXURY KITCHEN UNITS


With luxury kitchens, a modular kitchen unit is more versatile than a kitchen with a continuous worktop. When designing your kitchen, take into consideration that modular kitchens can be moved around in different combinations and are easier to handle if you move. But, with modular units, there are more places for seepage that can lead to warping, mould and dirt, compared to a continuous worktop.


Valcucine, for example,  applies water-tight seals around their sinks and hobs to stop seepage.


CONTINUOUS WORKTOPS IN LUXURY KITCHENS


Designing a luxury kitchen with continuous worktops offer a more linear style with unbroken surfaces and cleaner aesthetics. This design confines spillage to the sides of the worktops.


PLINTHS, WALL-HUNG OR FEET UNITS?


LUXURY KITCHEN UNITS WITH PLINTHS


Advantages: Any dirt that accumulates under the kitchen is out of view. This kitchen design also allows you to exploit all the space apart from a few centimetres above the floor. It is easy to integrate the dishwater into a kitchen unit with plinths.


Disadvantages: Just because you can’t see the dirt, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It is not easy to clean under the kitchen.


WALL-HUNG UNITS


Advantages: Cleaning under a wall-hung unit is trouble-free. Kitchen units raised from the floor create matchless elegance and a feeling of utter lightness and luxury. If you wish to add underfloor heating, this option allows better efficiency.


Disadvantages: By raising the kitchen unit, you reduce your storage space, and there are a limited number of dishwasher options that work with this luxury kitchen design.


LUXURY KITCHEN UNITS WITH FEET


Advantages: Checking and cleaning under kitchen units with feet is straightforward, ensuring better hygiene. Kitchen units with feet also look lighter and more graceful. Space created by the feet below the kitchen units also allows for more effective underfloor heating.


Disadvantages: As with the wall-hung units, there are limited dishwasher options that work with this type of kitchen design.


CUSTOMISATION, THE ABILITY TO DESIGN YOUR LUXURY KITCHEN AROUND YOUR NEEDS


At Valcucine, we believe that buying a luxury kitchen is a long-term investment, and it needs to adapt to your needs, taste and the space available. Don’t buy a kitchen unit based on the latest trends and fads, but buy on a kitchen’s technical quality (and demand quality marks) and the ability to customise it to suit your taste in terms of high-quality colours, finishes, sizes and materials.