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6 Luxury Kitchen Ideas for Your Custom Home

After months, even years, of quarantining with your family, a plethora of Zoom calls, and working remotely, your kitchen has likely gotten more action than usual. For many of us, the kitchen wasn’t only where you prepared food, but a classroom, home office, and the hot new spot where you perfected your quarantini for a virtual happy hour!

The kitchen is the center of your home, and after spending so much time at home during the pandemic, your luxury kitchen deserves an upgrade! 

Luxury Kitchens for Your Custom Home 

At Shoal Creek, our residents pride themselves on the luxury design features that accompany their exquisite custom homes. Regardless of your custom home’s architectural style, you can find ways to incorporate the latest trends into your luxury kitchen. 

Check out these seven kitchen trends that interior designers predict for luxury custom homes this year.


double kitchen islands with white sleek cabinetry

Islands have remained a consistent trend for luxury kitchens over the last several years. Not only does an island maximize counter space and add prep, storage, and dining space, but it also displays the unique character of your kitchen design. Now, this trend has moved to include double islands – a pair of kitchen islands that work as a unit to bring luxury to an expansive kitchen. Additionally, multi-level islands are trending, as they can increase visual appeal as well as functionality.

There are multiple ways you can use each kitchen island, based on your individual preferences. Here are just a few things you can do:

  • Open shelves for easy access to items
  • Add a second kitchen sink like a farmhouse sink
  • Cabinets for additional storage space
  • Informal seating area with bar stools
  • Add a small wine fridge

No matter how you use the double islands, this luxury kitchen idea not adds to your functional space, but also creates an inviting space.


luxury kitchen with large windows with energy-saving window panes

Being environmentally conscious and investing in energy-efficient products is in – and we don’t expect this trend to go anywhere anytime soon. More and more homeowners choose design styles, appliances, and materials that are ethically sourced, energy-efficient, and good for the environment. 

Some of the more popular ways to accomplish this goal include installing energy-saving window panes, utilizing natural materials such as wood and unlacquered brass in your kitchen design, and investing in smart technology appliances.


modern kitchen design

Minimalism is a design style that will continue, interior designers assert for the upcoming year and beyond. Modern cabinetry, like these clean-lined cabinets without handles, is on-trend for a sleek, seamless look. With technology advancing, kitchen cabinets can now have push-open features, ridding the need for bulky cabinet hardware on your cabinetry. 

With clean-lined cabinets, your modern luxury kitchen will have a streamlined appearance that highlights the elegance of your home.


luxury designed kitchen with wood finishes to the cabinets and more

As homeowners gravitate to more warm tones, natural wood cabinet finishes are increasing in popularity. Possibly as a result of spending so much time at home during the pandemic, there is a trend to make the kitchen feel even cozier and the centerpiece of your custom home. Some homeowners have even incorporated reclaimed wood into their luxury kitchen designs.

From subtle-grained ash to walnut, wood finishes for your cabinetry are a must. Wood tones or earthy tones could create a rustic kitchen look but adding modern accents, especially gold, is a lovely way to create a more luxurious kitchen.


white luxury kitchen design with pantry

In any custom home, you must consider both practicality and beauty in your interior design choices. For the luxury kitchen, a pantry is a necessity for you and your family. However, a well-organized, beautiful walk-in pantry is a must-have. Having a spacious butler’s pantry can give you the space you need to make your kitchen aesthetic clean, tidy, and extraordinary in design.

More and more, high-end kitchen designs are making the pantry a statement piece for luxury homes. And anyone who’s looking for their dream kitchen, adding a pantry is a no-brainer! Add clean lines for a seamless transition from kitchen to pantry. Open shelving in an open layout increases the functionality of your modern luxury kitchen space.


high end kitchen with a dark color palette and tall dining table

For the record, it does not appear that an all-white look is going out of style any time soon. However, there is a substantial movement in using dark colors in the kitchen. With deep blues and blacks, dark woods, and shaded countertops, homeowners can create a more dramatic, moody aesthetic.

Additionally, these dark colors contrast nicely with bright features, natural elements, and multiple textures. Enhance your dark color palette by introducing the following to modern luxury kitchens:

  • Lots of natural light
  • Unique task lighting or pendant lights
  • Kitchen decor with gold accents
  • Heavily veined marble countertops or quartz countertops
  • Glass doors on dark cabinets

Embrace Custom Kitchen Trends Into The New Year

Now that a new year is upon us, it’s time to embrace the kitchen as the heart of your home. Including these trends in your luxury kitchen design can take your custom home to the next level and enhance the beauty of your home as a whole.


Shoal Creek, the premier luxury neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, is the perfect place to build your custom home. To schedule a visit, call us at (205) 991-4653 or contact us here.