Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ways to add luxury to your kitchen

It’s the place where you will likely be every day, serving up culinary delights. So, show your kitchen some love by adding a dash of luxury to the space. Keep these words of advice in mind from designer kitchens expert Harvey Jones:

When you’re short on space…combination steam ovens
If you are aware of the benefits of preserving the goodness and nutrients of foods like fish and vegetables, then you will love having a steam oven in your kitchen. While steam ovens are still popular, and are great for more things than just veg – think pasta, pulses slow-cooked foods, 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.

When you still like gas to make stir-fry food…domino hobs
Domino hobs are great when you appreciate the benefits that induction can bring to a kitchen’s design but still want to experience the brilliance of gas to make stir-fry food. 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 you choose, it’s best to buy from the same manufacturer to keep the materials, design and size consistent. 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!

Whether you like red, white or rose…wine fridges
We understand that you might not have enough space in your kitchen — or indeed your home — for a wine cellar. Fortunately, the latest wine coolers are very sophisticated machines that will ensure all wines – both red 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. Perfect placed on the dining side of an island so that guests can help themselves while you cook, look for coolers that also include UV protection and anti-vibration – to keep harmful light 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.

When you don’t want machines
A built-in coffee machine means you can enjoy a refreshing brew first thing in the morning but without all of the clutter being scattered around your kitchen worktops. 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. If you’re planning an appliance bank in your kitchen design, then it’s worth noting that most manufacturers are designing coffee machines to match their ovens and as a result 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.

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