The kitchen of today has become so much more than a place you cook and store your food in. High-end American homes boast kitchens that double as entertaining spaces, homework stations, WFH offices… Even dance floors for those extra fun families!

If you’re considering a luxury kitchen remodel, it’s about so much more than polished stainless steel cabinets and HanStone Quartz countertops—though those are undeniably decadent installs. You need to work with a custom company that understands the demands of family life, whether you live a quiet life with your partner and two dogs or are a bustling family of five.

Read on for our guide to the latest kitchen remodel ideas for homeowners that value practical opulence.

1. Statement Light Fixtures

If you’re embarking on a luxury kitchen remodeling project, one of the ways to really ramp up the glamor factor is through your light fixtures.

Forgo simple downlights in favor of copper encased pendant lights over your island (or islands). Install toe-kick lighting to create a warm glow when the kitchen isn’t in operation. Mix vintage and contemporary lighting styles to create a quirky bespoke feel.

No rule says you can’t install an imported or designer chandelier in your kitchen either. If your kitchen is rustic or country, go for a classic crystal option. For industrial kitchens, choose an edgy steel or chrome statement piece.

2. Custom Cabinets

Trust us—no luxury kitchens worth their salt feature off-the-shelf cabinetry. Custom cabinets are the only way to go to get the look and functionality you want out of your high-end kitchen remodel.

Some on-trend luxury cabinet styles to consider include:

  • Backlit cabinets
  • Glass cabinets
  • Two-tone cabinets
  • Stacked cabinets

If you have a carefully curated wine collection, put it on display in a custom-made, glass-encased wine cabinet. Just be sure to include humidity and light controls to keep your collection at its best. This is guaranteed to really wow your guests!

Whatever type of cabinetry you decide on, it’s essential to consider the door finishes carefully. Pops of vibrant color adds a contemporary feel to your home, whereas natural wood tones like cherry or ebony create a classic aesthetic. If using hardware, look for local or imported brands that champion expert craftsmanship.

3. Smart and High-Tech Features

If you’re spending your hard-earned money on luxury remodeling, why not incorporate some of the latest smart technology into your kitchen at the same time? You can make your kitchen work for you not just in looks but in the way it functions, too.

Go energy-efficient with all your appliances, from your dishwasher to your refrigerator. Invest in a fridge with a touchscreen door—it can even manage your shopping list for you! Touchless faucets are more hygienic, and charging stations ensure you’re always connected.

Smart-controlled light switches ensure you stay safe when you get up in the middle of the night for a glass of water. Use an app on your phone to start preheating your oven before you even leave the office. You don’t have to be at home to make sure you’ve turned it off, either.

4. Countertops that Pop

When it comes to kitchen remodel ideas and decisions, few are more important than what you top your counters with.

Right now, waterfall edge countertops are trending in luxury design since they allow you to really show off that hefty slab of marble, granite, or quartz you invested in. And don’t forget that for counters that sit against the wall, you’ll need to go equally as luxe with your backsplash tiles as well.

If you can’t envision the layout of your new kitchen on paper or in your mind’s eye, use an online visualizer. This will help you test flooring, countertops, cabinetry, backsplash tile, and more options before you talk to your designer. Use them to tie a design theme together or add interest.

5. Incorporate the Outdoors

American families are spending more time in their backyards than ever before—as much as three hours more every day compared with previous years. Clever contemporary luxury kitchen designs factor in this need for access to the outdoors.

Keep your kitchen open plan so it creates a seamless flow from the kitchen island through dining and living spaces to your outdoor area or sunroom. If you don’t have a yard, ensure cabinets and overall layout maximize the natural light from your windows, or consider installing skylights above your kitchen.

6. Double Everything

Today, you don’t just need one kitchen island. You need two!

Think about it. The kids are busy with their homework, you need to finish those emails before finishing up with work, and your husband is busy cooking dinner in the kitchen. You all need the appropriate amount of space to complete your tasks.

In many luxury kitchen layouts, dual sinks, dual fridges, ovens, and dishwashers are fast becoming the norm, too. Of course, doubling up on appliances and features means a higher budget. With no-interest financing, you can have your kitchen remodel and make your money work for you.

7. Hidden Appliances

When discussing your cabinetry options with your installer, be sure to ask how they plan to hide appliances. Face your refrigerator doors in the same material as your cabinets to create a sleek, seamless look to your kitchen.

Make sure there’s space to stow small appliances like toasters, mixing stands, and blenders out of sight. You want to keep those counters clutter-free.

Of course, there are certain high-end appliances you want to show off—top-of-the-line ranges, vintage-look fridges, and barista-worthy espresso machines, for example. Just ensure your choice of visible appliances fits with your overall design aesthetic.

A Luxury Kitchen Remodel Sure to Impress

Whether you take a leaf from a top chef or your favorite celebrity, or you just want a kitchen that looks beautiful and serves your needs while looking beautiful, it’s crucial to do your homework.

Leaf through the pages of AD, ID, and other design magazines. Visit showrooms to interact with luxury materials. And, most importantly, consult kitchen design professionals in your area.

If you’re ready to talk to a luxury kitchen remodel pro, contact the team at Cabinet Wholesalers. We’ll walk you through your options, help you understand the benefits of different materials, and advise on name-brand fixtures.