As many luxury property owners today use kitchens as multipurpose spaces for eating, cooking, lounging and entertaining, the architectural world has embraced an innovative approach to kitchen design in response.
A fresh approach to this integral part of the house makes particular sense on the continent. Mediterranean culture revolves around eating and enjoying company, which makes the kitchen a vital space. Here, we take a look at some cornerstones of modern kitchen design in Spain.
1. Open-plan living
The open-plan concept has been thriving for a number of years and nowhere is it more idyllic than in this Marbella villa. The property’s kitchen has clearly been created as a social space. Not only is it spacious, but it opens onto two separate eating areas.
Open-plan kitchen design is ideal for warmer climates where smaller rooms can be stifling. This Marbella villa offers a fine example of how air is able to flow freely throughout, providing a cooling effect to offset the balmy climate.
2. Quality materials
Use of premium materials can mean the difference between a desirable luxury property and a commonplace home. This is particularly important in the kitchen, where design is about utility as well as aesthetics.
This charming Marbella kitchen makes superb use of upscale materials. The exposed stone wall gives the room a rustic feel while the minimalistic kitchen unit offer a distinctive look – which buyers so often seek in a luxury property. The modern units juxtapose perfectly with the period feel of the exposed beams.
3. Intelligent lighting
Smart lighting plays an important role in modern kitchen design. Today, these rooms play a dual role as both utilitarian spaces and areas for entertaining. This means that lighting solutions need to be versatile above all else.
Lighting is a priority of design throughout this Son Vida villa, but it's particularly important in the kitchen. The all-white units deliver a clean aesthetic, but they also make the room appear incredibly bright. During the day the kitchen benefits from extraordinary amounts of natural light, which spills in from the adjacent balcony and ample windows. In the evening, the numerous light fixtures truly come into their own.
Luxury living isn't all about ornamentation. In fact, the key to gorgeous kitchen design often lies in the complete opposite direction: simplicity. The Son Vida villa is a fine example of the power of minimalism. This can be a particularly effective tool in properties located in striking surroundings. The streamlined nature of the Son Vida villa's kitchen design directs your eye outwards towards the panoramic views outside.
If you're planning a complete renovation of your kitchen, the first step should be conducting ample research. Head over to the Engel & Völkers property search page to look for fascinating properties with luxury kitchen design.