When designing your new kitchen, you’ll want to add those finishing touches that provide it with a sense of luxury.
For some, the kitchen is the heart of the home, whereas for others it is a space where new culinary delights can be cooked and enjoyed by guests. With that in mind, luxury essentials will differ. Harvey Jones, contemporary kitchens specialists, help to advise you on how to incorporate luxury into your kitchen’s design, no matter what look you’re going for.
Stay chilled with a wine cooler
There’s nothing worse than having a warm glass of Sauvignon Blanc, so it’s important to keep your wine at the right temperature after a hard day at work or during a dinner party. Kitchens with zones for cooking, eating and entertaining are the perfect place for the wine cooler, especially if you are also quite the master chef so your fridge is full of culinary delights and fresh ingredients. While there might not be space for a wine cellar, the latest wine coolers are very sophisticated machines that will ensure all wines – both red and white — are kept in the optimum conditions.
Liebherr, Caple and CDA are all companies that offer stylish undercounter models, which include room for up to 48 bottles incorporating several temperature zones into the design – helping to keep reds and whites at the right temperature whatever the occasion. Perfect placed on the dining side of an island so that guests can help themselves while you cook, look for coolers that also include UV protection and anti-vibration – to keep harmful light at bay and stop the disturbance of sediments – as they’re important features to keep your wine at its best for longer. Larger models look great in a bank of appliances and many, such as those from Miele, have elegant wooden shelving, three temperature zones and even a sommelier unit for sampling your best vintages.
Help to preserve key nutrients with steam ovens
When you’re on a health kick, healthy ways of eating your food are a top priority; after all, you wouldn’t want to cook all of the key nutrients out of your food. Steam ovens have long been a favourite with those that understand the benefits of a cooking process that preserves the goodness and nutrients of foods such as fish and vegetables.
They aren’t just great for cooking veg; pasta dishes, pulses and slow-cooked foods, alongside proving bread can all be prepared using combination steam ovens — they are fast becoming the appliance on the top of our wish-lists. Combine a steam function with a microwave and also fan oven, if you’re short of space or your budget is limited, they provide most of the cooking functions you could ever need all in one convenient unit. Steam is delivered into the cavity via a removable water tank, meaning there’s no tricky plumbing into a water source either. Most appliance manufacturers include a steam or combination steam oven in their offering, but be aware that most steam-only models are compact so it’s wise to combine them with another one or two combination single ovens.
Take the fuss away with a coffee machine
It certainly is hard to start the day without the perfect Americano or Cappuccino. For the modern homeowner that needs to be ready for the day ahead, a coffee machine is perfect for starting the day right. It will also save you time on cleaning up your work surfaces. Although they might seem pricey at first, many aren’t much more expensive than top-of-the range countertop models and think of all that money you’ll save not buying a coffee on your way to work every day.
During the design stage, coffee machine manufacturers are now incorporating the look and design of modern kitchens within the process, and you can now buy a machine to match any style. Price points vary, from the very affordable semi-automatic models from Hotpoint to the pricier all-singing, all-dancing bean-to-cup coffee machine from AEG. If you can’t bear the thought of messy beans or grinds, then a Nespresso pod machine by Miele is a good option.
Hot water taps that can help to save time
Every modern kitchen is at a loss without a hot water tap, and the benefits of these taps are only beginning to become apparent. As a result, tap manufacturers began to develop their ranges, first with standalone taps and now the easier to include tri-flow monobloc with hot, cold and boiling water all in one, neat unit.
Alongside a super-fast induction hob, boiling water taps can help you prepare rice and pasta dishes in no time at all; so don’t be fooled, it’s not just coffee and tea that you can make with your hot water tap! Most models heat the water to 98° but some, like those from Quooker, reach 100°. Try also Grohe, InSinkErator, Franke and Zip for three-in-one monobloc models and Insinkerator and Blanco for standalone taps that are useful for prep sinks. Tanks vary in size but some are compact enough to incorporate into a small kitchen design and all designs feature child-locks to prevent accidental scalding.