Essentials for a Designer Kitchen

We asked some of Canada’s top designers to share their favorite items to integrate into a kitchen design and this is what they had to say. (As Seen In Canadian Home Trends Magazine May 2018)

Photo Source: Sub-Zero and Wolf

Cooked to Perfection: When planning a kitchen project, I always recommend a professional convection steam oven. I love being able to prepare easy and healthy meals! – Jamie Banfield

Pull-Away: My must-have fixture for a new kitchen is a faucet with a pull-out or pull-down spray. It offers much more flexibility when preparing food and cleaning up. – Kendall Ansell

Photo Source: Home Depot

Crafty Corners: A kitchen definitely has to have a pullout or Lazy Susan in a corner cabinet! This makes it easier to access everything in the cabinet for maximum storage and convenience. – Negar Reihani

Photo Source: Sub-Zero and Wolf

Wine & Dine: Installing a small wine fridge under a kitchen countertop is a great choice if you love to entertain! You can store more than enough bottles for your dinner party guests without having to run to the cellar to restock! – Jacklynn Little

Photography by Mike Chajecki

Creating Contrast: Integrating contrasting cabinetry colors add a touch of drama and create a design statement in any kitchen. – Gabriele Pizzale

Photography by Larry Arnal

Center of Attention: A large island is essential in any kitchen! It becomes the hub of the kitchen, providing workspace as well as a central spot for friends and family to gather. – Christine Da Costa

Photo Source: Sub-Zero and Wolf

Integrated Entertaining: My must-have in a kitchen is a well integrated smart screen with great speakers. I can catch the news or stream music and best of all, I can bring up recipes online and even follow Ina Garten making her classic mac and cheese on video! – Lisa Stevens

Photo Source: Kohler

Perfect Centerpiece: The sink is the most important, grounding design choice for a kitchen. I love a deep, undermount sink for both its look and functionality. This clean, seamless style works well with granite, marble or even engineered stone countertops! – Kim Bartley

Photo Source: Kohler

Pretty & Functional: I love adding a pot filler to every new kitchen design. Not only do they save you from having to carry heavy pots of water around, they also add an element of beauty behind the cooktop area. – Yvonne Whelan

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