The kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where everyone gathers to socialize, reconnect, entertain and indulge in wonderful food. Kitchens were once segregated rooms, walled off from the rest of the home but open, centralized kitchens have become a top luxury home trend, found in homes in Atherton and other affluent areas in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Over the past ten years, the kitchen has transitioned to become the focal point of luxury home floor plans. Rather than being a separate space, kitchens now flow into living, recreation and entertainment spaces, blending together as one, large inclusive space using flooring, color, fabrics and other key design elements. Lighting, cabinetry, flooring, appliances and countertop materials are chosen to accent, compliment and unite the kitchen with adjoining dining, entertainment and livings spaces.
The square footage of kitchens is also increasing, again touting its place as the home’s centerpiece for family meals as well as socializing. Because people tend to gravitate in the kitchen, having ample space to allow meal preparation, congregation of groups, eating areas and a natural flow to other key areas of the home is desirable.
A spectacular example of a centralized kitchen is in a newly built home in Atherton on the coveted Almendral Avenue. Filled with natural light, classic flush-mount white custom cabinets, Carrera marble counters, top-end appliances and a spacious multi-purpose island, it is both functional and inviting, the materials and finishes blending and merging seamlessly with the dining room and other areas in the home.
Now that we’ve established the centralized kitchen as a top 10 luxury home trend, later this month, we will delve into the top luxury kitchen trends to ensure that the heart of your home is fully loaded with the finest materials, technology and appliances.