Any real estate pro will tell you that the kitchen is the heart of every home. Kitchens are the most used spaces in many houses and they are often the biggest selling point in virtually any property. Whether you are a gourmet chef, or more inclined to heating up take-out, there are several things that any homeowner can do to create a sense of true opulence in their kitchen. These luxury design tips can help make kitchen even more opulent than the rest of the home. Here are some of the ‘must haves’ for any luxury kitchen.

Wood Countertops

For years granite was the high end standard for luxury kitchens, but now new materials are finding their way into this area of the home. For a truly opulent look, exotic wood countertops and cabinet veneers make a great edition. In fact, local New York City based companies such as Brooks Custom specialize in creating custom exotic and domestic woods. Some of these high-end woods include teak, zebrawood, African mahogany and more.

Built-in Refrigerators

Now your large double door refrigerator doesn’t have to take away from the flow of your kitchen, with the built-in refrigerator trend. The exterior of these refrigerators look just like traditional cabinetry but they come with all of the bells and whistles of a high end refrigerator. The look is utterly chic and timeless.

Farm Sinks

Farm sinks, also known as apron-front sinks are new high-end features that are finding their way into many high-end kitchens. These sinks are extra wide and feature a lower front panel. These sinks can come in single or double bowls and can be made of anything from stone to cast iron or stainless steel.

Pot Fillers

Very few new luxury kitchens today come without pot fillers. These nifty devices are built in on top of the stove or range and hook up to the main water line. The press of a button makes it easy to manipulate the dispenser and fill up large pots as they sit on the stove.

Ultimately the design of your new luxury kitchen is all about what you as the buyer are looking for and what luxurious finishes and high-end additions you want for your kitchen. With spaces such as this where function is as important as style, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to adding a hint of luxury to your space.