Do you dream of a relaxing bathroom retreat where you can sip wine in a claw foot tub and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Can you see yourself grilling for family and friends in an outdoor kitchen on balmy summer evenings? Your home is a personal representation of you. Why not treat it as such? So, whether you are purchasing a new house for your growing family, building the home of your dreams, or remodelling, these luxurious touches should be on your must have list.
A State of the Art Kitchen
Often, the kitchen is the heart of the home; it’s where guests gather, where meals are prepared, and where memories are made. So, why not make it grand? A chef’s kitchen, also known as a gourmet kitchen, takes an ordinary kitchen and turns into something fabulous. The best part? You don’t even have to be a professional chef to have opulent finishes, like granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.
To complete the look of your chef’s kitchen, add a backsplash of subway tiles as well as custom made wood cabinetry. These beautiful wood cabinets will not only store your plates and glasses but can also give your space a more exclusive and rustic feel depending on the type of wood you desire. When looking for modern styles of cabinets to complement your kitchen, you should consider the colour of your countertop as well as your walls so each aspect of the room is coordinated.
When designing your dream kitchen, don’t forget the appliances! You’ll need a stainless double oven with a griddle, warming trays, and two refrigerators.
Though it’s important to have ambiance and high-end appliances, your kitchen set up should be practical and have great flow. Make sure you have a place for guests to sit, a prep-space (with a butcher’s block), and you can move around. A wine cooler may also be a nice touch.
A Gorgeous Dining Room
You may be thinking ‘if most gatherings take place in the kitchen, do I really need to spend time and money on my dining room?’ Absolutely! A beautiful dining room is integral to any home design and should include a large table, a buffet or china cabinet, and a piece of art. It should feel special – whether it’s used every Sunday or only on holidays.
Start with a table and consider purchasing a custom dining table that is made for your space and can be surrounded by plush dining chairs. Drape it with a satin tablecloth and create a beautiful table scape with brass candelabras, vases filled with white pillar candles, or ornate floral arrangements. Finish off the look by setting the table with your great-grandmother’s wedding china and crystal drinking glasses from your mid-century cherry wood china cabinet.
As the cherry on top, a great piece of art is key to finishing off your look. Art is very subjective and personal, so you should find something you love or, if you have a vision in mind, get a piece commissioned. Just because you may not use the dining room everyday doesn’t mean it shouldn’t shine!
A Living Room for Entertaining
Your living room is a place where you can relax after a long day as well as entertain your friends and family. Make your living room stand out by adding vaulted ceilings and crown molding to it. Also, invest in a gorgeous and very comfortable couch for your guests to relax on as well as a few nice pieces of artwork to make the room stand out. In addition, you can consider having a marble coffee table to add some variety to your living room and make it a more social area.
A Beautiful Master Bedroom and Ensuite Bathroom
A master bedroom and ensuite bathroom should be an oasis – a retreat. To achieve this in your home design, add features like his and her walk-in closets and a sitting area (or reading nook for the bookworm). For added luxury, opt for high-thread count Egyptian cotton or silk sheets for the ultimate in comfort.
As for the bathroom, the possibilities are endless. It should be peaceful and tranquil with the claw foot tub you’ve always dreamed of or a jacuzzi tub with jets that are large enough to accommodate two people. For the shower, consider all glass and a rainwater shower head that connects to Bluetooth and pulsates to the beat of your favourite song. When you’re done relaxing, step out onto the heated bathroom tiles and past the granite vanity, feeling refreshed and ready for anything.
A Home Theater
This is a must have for your home design if you have kids. It’s luxury, but even something they could appreciate. To have an incredible, lush theater room, you’ll of course need a large screen or a projector to watch your favorite films on the wall and a cozy place to sit. Movie theater seats aren’t really considered the height of luxury, but keep in mind that you’re only buying a few – not hundreds – so you can splurge. This means you can have cushy, reclining chairs with arm rests and drink holders in your own home. Just remember in the home design to build a platform for staggered seating (like the real deal) for a truly magical movie experience without leaving your home. To complete the room, you can even add a bar with granite countertops, so snacks and beverages are close by.
Do you love sitting in a cozy chair and enjoying a good book? With a massive library you can have all of your favourite books right in the comfort of your home. To make your library stand out you can invest in gorgeous cherry bookshelves and have a stunning chandelier hanging on the ceiling to illuminate the entire room. Also, you can have a beautiful workspace with a large wood desk and a very comfortable chair.
Due to busy schedules and work, not everyone has the time to visit a gym as often as they’d like. Instead of being forced to travel to the gym you can have a very extensive gym in your basement. You’ll no longer need to worry about finding time to work out. The gym should include a full set of weights, a treadmill, an elliptical, some leg machines, a bike and any other state of the art exercise equipment you feel is crucial to having a productive workout.
Spacious Backyard and In-Ground Swimming Pool
A gorgeous home isn’t complete without a very large backyard and a swimming pool. Whether you have young kids or just enjoy spending time outside, you’ll love the luxury of sitting outside and relaxing or going for a swim. Also, if you enjoy entertaining, a large backyard offers you the possibility of having several people over when it’s nice weather. If you really want to make your yard stand out, you can invest in a hot tub as well as a peaceful waterfall to give your yard a soothing vibe.
Instead of having to consistently run back and forth to the kitchen when you’re having a party outside, make your life easier and install an outdoor kitchen. It should include a high end grill, a large stainless steel fridge, a sink for washing dishes, a large cooking space, a gorgeous natural stone island, a fully stocked bar area, an authentic pizza oven and ample seating for you and your guests. Also, if you enjoy watching television, you can have a few televisions installed in your kitchen so you and guests don’t need to go inside to watch a show or movie. In addition, you should include some speakers throughout the kitchen so you can play music while cooking or entertaining. Lastly, an outdoor kitchen isn’t complete without a fire pit.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices in home design, but the above finishes can take any house from dull to amazing since they’re all luxuries that allow people to gain more appreciation for their home. Once you’ve finished decorating your dream home you’ll be eager to have guests over and show off your beautiful and high end home.