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Creating a luxury kitchen

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Many people think that creating a luxury kitchen is expensive, but it doesn't need to break the bank.

With proper planning and thrifty buying you too can create a luxury space that the whole family can enjoy for years to come, as well as adding value to your home in the process.

The kitchen design specialists at Mayfair Granite have put together their top tips for planning and designing the perfect luxury kitchen.

Kitchen layout

The kitchen is one of the main rooms in the house - a place to prepare great food, for entertaining friends and family, or to relax and unwind after a hard day. Choosing the right layout is the most important consideration when changing or updating a kitchen, because you want the space to be both functional and comfortable.

An L-shaped layout is one of the most popular choices when it comes to kitchens because of its flexibility, and when combined with an island table can provide a great space for family dinners and entertaining. An island table can also be used to create a dramatic focal point in the kitchen while at the same time providing extra storage space.

The L-shape design is also a great option for those who have an open-plan kitchen where the space opens up into a dining room or living room. This type of design also maximises the floor space, and is perfect for families and couples to cook together without getting in each other's way.

If space is at a premium, then try opting for a U-shaped kitchen layout; this will ensure you maximise the cabinet and worktop space without compromising on design or style. These types of designs usually feature integrated appliances for a uniform design, but a great option is to use some standalone appliances to provide focal points and some colour to the design.

Material choice

In today's modern and technological world there is an array of exciting and exotic materials to choose from when it comes to kitchen design; this can be daunting for some, but with a little research you can find the right material for your needs.

Natural stone worktops, such as granite and marble, as well as traditional timber cabinetry, are still seen by many as the pinnacle of luxury - and with good reason. These materials provide a durable and low-maintenance option that will last for many years and add value to your home.

With the advances in technology pushing the boundaries of design there is now a range of exotic metallic materials to choose from when designing a kitchen, including brass, copper and zinc, which really provide that wow factor to a space.

Kitchen lighting options

There are two types of lighting that you should think of when designing a kitchen: task lighting and ambient lighting.

Task lighting is used to light up work areas so that you can see what you are doing when preparing food, chopping and handling hot pans. Ambient lighting is primarily used to light the whole kitchen to create a relaxing mood for entertaining.

Gone are the days of glaring strip lights; nowadays, a perfect combination is to use pendant lights for the main light source and LED under-cabinet lights for task lighting and for creating dynamic lighting effects in the kitchen.

We hope this guide has given you some tips and inspiration for your luxury kitchen build - feel free to share your own kitchen design ideas with us on Twitter and Facebook at @HIDInteriorTips!

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