12 Luxury Kitchen Design Ideas to Consider For Your Custom Home

January 23, 2024

As one of the most-used rooms in a home, the kitchen needs to be functional. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be comfortable and luxurious. If you’re thinking about incorporating more luxury into your kitchen design, here are some luxury kitchen design ideas to consider for your custom home:

kitchen with large island with dining bar1. Create an Open, Expansive Space

Luxury kitchens don’t have to be huge; you can add plenty of luxurious details even in a smalcrwler kitchen layout. Even on a smaller scale, you still want to create a kitchen that feels open and expansive.

If you love cooking, have a big family, or frequently entertain and have guests, a larger kitchen design layout makes sense. And, you can start off a large luxury kitchen design by going for grandiose.

Dedicating a lot of space in your home design to the kitchen gives you a lot of flexibility and opportunities to include luxe decor and high-end design elements while keeping that open flow, expansive feel, and overall grandiose atmosphere.

kitchen with farmhouse sink white cabinets and island with sink, prep, area, and dining bar2. Get Creative With the Ceiling

Although it can seem understated or overlooked, the ceiling can make a big difference in the look and feel of a room. It’s also a great area to implement some different ceiling design ideas to help create a luxury kitchen.

There are different types of ceilings to consider, and not all of them are necessarily the best fit for every kitchen. Consider opting for a higher ceiling than the standard or including a modified vaulted ceiling. Not only does this help your kitchen feel bigger and more open, but it also gives you the opportunity to add storage or extend cabinets and other design elements up further. You also have more clearance to play with for lighting fixtures.

A little extra height in your kitchen design also allows you to include more decorative design features in the ceiling itself. Tray ceilings are known for adding depth to a room and can enhance a luxurious look and feel.

There are also a lot of design options and options for decorating tray ceilings that go beyond color. You can play with trim and add custom crown molding, you can get creative with integrated lighting, and more. There are plenty of crown molding ideas to help you get the look you want. You can even opt for a double tray ceiling, play with the shape of the tray ceiling, or add moldings to the center of your tray ceiling to create texture and even patterns. 

kitchen3. Upgrade the Appliances

Luxury kitchen design tends to include a variety of upgrades and enhancements, which includes your appliances. Depending on the style you’re going for in your kitchen, you want your appliances to support it.

This could mean sleek, minimalistic stainless steel appliances or more colorful and unique options that help create the look you want. With so many options and also plenty of smart home technology for your kitchen, you’re bound to find the high-tech appliances you need with the high-end, luxurious look you want.

kitchen4. Consider Custom-Built Cabinets

Unique elements, luxurious materials, and organization as decor are some kitchen design trends that you can implement with custom-built cabinetry. This helps ensure you get the storage and styles of cabinets you want and in the sizes you need.

You can also take customization beyond wood type, finishes, and hardwood to get more creative with more decorative details, including engraving and other options. Custom-built cabinets also give you more options for combining different kitchen cabinet styles in interesting ways that still work perfectly with your kitchen layout.


kitchen with sink in island with dining bar, sliding barn door to dining room5. Think About the Kitchen Island

Stylish kitchens and kitchens with restaurant-inspired features are popular home design trends. Although it’s not necessary for every kitchen to have an island, it’s hard to deny the benefits of kitchen islands. In addition to the additional prep space, extra storage, potential seating, and more, a well-designed kitchen island can also help complete a luxury kitchen design.

Islands with raised bars or split-level islands are types of kitchen islands that are a great fit for entertaining and can also include space for seating. If you have the space and doing so helps meet your needs, you can even opt for double islands in your kitchen layout.

On top of the island structure, there are other things to consider that can be upgraded. The material you choose and style can offer various looks. A waterfall island with a seamless countertop that spills down the sides of the island or other high-end kitchen countertop materials can upgrade the look of the island and help enhance a luxury kitchen design.

white on white kitchen6. Opt For a Statement Hood Vent

If you enjoy cooking, one of the luxury kitchen design ideas is to choose a commercial-grade range and make the hood vent stand out, if not make it a statement piece. In addition to top-of-the-line function, you can also ensure your range matches the luxury aesthetic of the rest of your kitchen design. Plus, there are several types of range hoods and design options available to give you the look you want.

Matching the hood vent to your cabinets and other decor to help it blend in is still an option. But, if you want to make this area stand out, you can make the hood vent a focal point through the materials you use, the overall shape, what is around it, and more. You don’t have as much freedom with the shape as other elements because of its necessary function, but you still have a lot of flexibility for how the hood vent appears.

blue glass pendant lights over kitchen island7. Incorporate Integrated Lighting

Light is important in any room. Kitchens particularly benefit from a mix of natural light, overhead lighting, and task lighting. These layered lighting options allow for more variation and control to get you the right type of light when and where you need it depending on what you are doing.

Layered lighting, hi-tech lighting, and making lighting a focal point are all home lighting trends that are also popular in luxury kitchen design. Integrated lighting is becoming more popular and popping up in more areas. Lighting fixtures as statement pieces can still be used in some areas in addition to integrated lighting in other areas.

Under-cabinet lighting, backlit cabinets, and task lighting are popular areas for sleeker, more minimalistic integrated lighting. If your overall kitchen design is focused more on sleek minimalism, integrated lighting can pair well with recessed lighting and other options to provide light without making lighting fixtures noticeable.

kitchen with copper accents8. Play With Metallic Accents

Metallic accents are a classic way to add glamour and elegance to a room. Overdoing them can become garish instead of elegant, but incorporating metallic accents well can subtly enhance a luxury kitchen design.

This could be making the hood vent a focal point to bring out the metal as a statement. Opting for a copper sink and/or copper countertops are larger ways to incorporate metallics that make a statement. Metallic accents can also be on a smaller scale and more subtle such as in lighting fixtures, kitchen faucets and fixtures, the kitchen backsplash, stools or other island seating, and more.

kitchen island with built-in sink, view of brick oven and countertops9. Focus on Reinvention and Innovation

Luxury can be classic and traditional, but it is also often at the forefront of design and seamlessly integrates form and function in new and interesting ways. You don’t necessarily have to reinvent an entire concept; just innovate on how it looks or the way it is traditionally incorporated.

This could be something like a brick oven reworked for residential use. For another example, a pot rack can be a classic kitchen element. It’s one of the restaurant design ideas that made its way into residential kitchen design. A pot rack can still enhance your luxury kitchen design without extra innovation, but you can take it up a level and make a statement by reinventing it in a custom way.

Using wrought iron or another metal or finish that isn’t commonly used and making it a functional piece of sculptural art can take this classic element and turn it into something creative, luxurious, and new. This has already happened in several ways with more sculptural or abstract lighting fixtures in uncommon materials.

10. Consider a Home Bar

If you enjoy a drink now and then, often have guests over, or host a lot of social gatherings, consider adding a wine fridge or other wine storage solutions to your kitchen appliances. You can also consider incorporating a home bar and drink cabinets into your kitchen design.

If you plan to include double kitchen islands in your luxury kitchen design, you can make one of them a home bar. Including a bar sink, getting creative with cabinets, and adding interesting details are all home bar design ideas that can translate well to a home bar that fits in well in a luxury kitchen.

11. Create a Seamless Transition to the Outdoors

Blending indoor and outdoor spaces is one of the home design trends that can translate well to luxury kitchen design. Kitchens that open into outdoor dining or entertaining areas are becoming a popular way to incorporate this home design and kitchen design trend.

In addition to more natural light, the goal of creating a seamless transition from inside to outside is to merge and blend the spaces for easier movement and flow from the kitchen to outdoor living spaces.

This is one of the ways to design your kitchen for entertaining and can also give you a way to easily adjust or expand space as you need it. Walls of windows that slide into pocket walls, sliding doors with foot levers, expansive French doors, and more are ways to incorporate this trend into your luxury kitchen design.

12. Build in a Breakfast Nook

Breakfast nooks can work in a variety of kitchen designs and layouts, and can work well in a luxury kitchen design as well. More seating and a comfortable, multifunctional space are just some benefits of a breakfast nook. Integrated, built-in, and custom breakfast nooks can also enhance a luxury look and feel as well.

Breakfast nooks are also flexible. You can mix and match seating options, use built-in seating, like benches, and also have flexibility with table size and more. Considering the style, who will be using the space, how it will be used, and more are all tips for including a breakfast nook in your home design. Large or small, a breakfast nook can be a good addition to your kitchen design and the design choices you make can help enhance the rest of your luxury kitchen.

Design & Build Your Dream Home With CHG

These are just a few luxury kitchen design ideas to consider for your custom home. Whether you know exactly what you want in your custom home or are still figuring it out, an experienced custom home builder is a valuable resource.

They can help you narrow down options and ensure you end up with the home you need and that it’s also one you love. If you’re ready to bring your dream home to life, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!