Design traits of an elegant kitchen

Rich colors add a sense of grandeur - mix and match complimentary colors within the same type of wood for an added design twist.

You don’t have to be a celebrity living in an LA mansion to own a beautiful, luxurious kitchen. But what exactly differentiates an elegant kitchen design from the rest?

Design experts report that grand kitchens contain a few design elements that really make the room stand out. These elements include marble countertops, chandeliers and quality flooring such as hardwood, travertine or tile.

Marble countertops are high quality counter spaces that won’t easily scratch and have a lasting durability. Different colors and interesting patterns are a great way to accent kitchen cabinets.

The kitchen space should always be well lit, especially around the sink area and over islands. Hidden lights can also be used under cabinets to brighten up counter spaces. Chandeliers are a great option to hang over island spaces for extra lighting and to add a unique, grand element to the kitchen.

Flooring also plays a key role in the flow from one room to the next within a home. If your kitchen opens up to another room, such as the living space or dining area, it’s a good idea to carry the kitchen floor material into the room to create a cohesive look.

Finally, the standout feature of any elegant kitchen is the cabinet design. Designers frequently will use framed cabinets to create custom, luxurious looking kitchens. Some popular door styles include Coventry, Belvedere and Springwood, which come in Alder, Cherry, Beech, Hickory, Oak, Sapele and Maple. All are available in a variety of stain colors as well as paints. Feel free to mix and match complimentary colors within the same type of wood for an added design twist.