It’s time to show your kitchen some love, especially as it’s the part of the home where you’re likely to spend time every day — sometimes for quite a while, at a time serving up delicious dishes. Harvey Jones, which is a specialist in designer kitchens, encourages you to enhance this room with these dashes of luxury…
1. Add some domino hobs to your cooktops
Do you like the look of induction design in a kitchen but are not ready to say goodbye to gas when it comes to making some stir-fry food? Then domino hobs are just for you. These two-zone cooktops – usually measuring around 30 x 60cm — come in a variety of different types. As well as gas and induction models, you can also buy charcoal-style grills for all-year-round barbecuing, steel tepanyaki plates for Japanese style griddle cooking and even fryers for perfect southern-style chicken.
Whichever catches your eye, it’s wise to get all the parts from the same manufacturer so that a consistent approach can be taken in regards to design, materials and size. If you’d prefer to keep costs down with just one worktop cut, then AEG, Caple and CDA all have single glass topped hobs that include both a powerful gas burner and induction plates, proving that in some things, you really can have it all!
2. Reduce clutter with some built-in coffee machines
If you cannot function without a refreshing brew when you first wake up, but would rather enjoy the drink without coffee clutter scattering across your kitchen worktops, introduce a built-in coffee machine to your kitchen. Although they might seem pricey at first, many aren’t much more expensive than the top-of-the range countertop models. Think of all that money you’ll save not buying a coffee on your way to work every day.
You can even get coffee machines designed to match your ovens, should you be looking for an appliance bank to be applied to your kitchen design. As a result of this trend, a combination of three ovens and a coffee machine are becoming a popular configuration. Price points vary, from the very affordable semi-automatic models from Hotpoint to the pricier all-singing, all-dancing bean-to-cup coffee machine from AEG. If you can’t bear the thought of messy beans or grinds, then a Nespresso pod machine by Miele is a good option.
3. Save on space with combination steam ovens
A steam oven is a must-buy when you want to preserve the goodness and nutrients from foods such as fish and vegetables. While steam ovens are still popular though, and are great for more things than just veg – think pasta, pulses slow-cooked foods and proving bread – it’s combination steam ovens that are fast becoming the appliance on the top of our wish-lists. Combining a steam function with a microwave and also fan oven, if you’re short of space or your budget is limited, they provide most of the cooking functions you could ever need all in one convenient unit. Steam is delivered into the cavity via a removable water tank, meaning there’s no tricky plumbing into a water source either. Most appliance manufacturers include a steam or combination steam oven in their offering, but be aware that most steam-only models are compact so it’s wise to combine them with another one or two combination single ovens.
4. Get sophisticated with a wine cooler
A wine cellar may just be too extravagant a purchase for many homeowners, especially as you might simply not have the space in your kitchen or indeed anywhere in your home. Fortunately, the latest wine coolers are very sophisticated machines that will ensure all wines – red, rose and white — are kept in the optimum conditions. Undercounter models from companies such as Liebherr, Caple and CDA vary in size, from space-saving single columns to those with room enough for up to 48 bottles, and featuring several temperature zones for keeping reds and whites at exactly the right temperature.
Why not give your guests the opportunity to help themselves to a beverage while you cook them a culinary delight by placing your wine cooler on the dining side of a kitchen island? Just be sure to look for coolers that also include UV protection and anti-vibration – to keep harmful light at bay and stop the disturbance of sediments – as they’re important features to keep your wine at its best for longer. Larger models look great in a bank of appliances and many, such as those from Miele have elegant wooden shelving, three temperature zones and even a sommelier unit for sampling your best vintages.