Top Items Every Kitchen Should Have

By Krista Payne
Posted . Filed under Design Inspirations.

Mick De Giulio has made quite a name for himself in the Design Industry. Known for his kitchen interiors, De Giulio should know kitchen design since it is reported that he has been part of 3,000 kitchen projects. His reputation proceeds him, with awards such as 50 most influential people in the kitchen and bath industry, and Interior Designs choice of Kitchen and Bath Design Leaders. It is no wonder than that House Beautiful interviewed him asking him his top options to place in the kitchen here are his top 11!
1. Natural Light

Look for ways to maximize light, from eliminating cabinets next to windows to using transparent or reflective materials like glass and stainless steel.

2. Comfort
I like to incorporate soft seating, a TV, and — when I can — a fireplace, to make the kitchen the coziest place in the house.

3. Visual Texture
It’s the mix of woods, countertop materials, and finishes that creates warmth, personality, and mood.

4. Stainless Steel
The consummate neutral, it looks great with everything and will never go out of style. I love its organic quality — it develops a well-worn patina over time.

5. An Island
If space allows, an island is essential. It’s the social center of the kitchen.

6. A Great Sink
Accessories (such as custom stainlesss steel kitchen sinks) which integrate colander and a sliding cutting boards make working there more efficient.

7. Integrated Refrigeration
Creating cabinet facades to hide refrigeration units gives me a tremendous amount of design freedom. By eliminating a large, boxy element, I can make a kitchen feel more room-like.

8. High-Performance Appliances
Today, high-efficiency burners and ovens with convection and self-cleaning are really indispensable.

9. A Hook
Every great kitchen has a hook, that one unique element that just pulls you in. It could be a hood, a sink (stainless steel apron sink), or a pot rack.

10. A Kitchen Designer
Kitchen design is complicated, and the landscape is constantly changing. Hiring a professional is perhaps the most valuable investment you will make.

11. Ice Cream
In my opinion, no kitchen is complete without it.

2 Responses to “Top Items Every Kitchen Should Have”

  1. Mike

    Im looking for a stainless steel apron sink for my kitchen…I found one at MR Direct, has anyone heard about the quality of their sinks? I have read good reviews but I want other opinions.


    • kpayne

      Thanks for you message Mike. We are unfamiliar with MR Direct but here are some things you should look for when purchasing your sink. Most important is making sure the supplier uses a thick gauge of stainless steel. We use a 14 gauge stainless steel that is of superior quality. We get many calls from clients who have purchased a thin metal sink online and complain of it leaking and being noisy. Ask if they insulate their sinks. Diamond Spas insulates all of their products which minimizes the noise of water fill. Check to see if products are factory stamped or made by hand, and if they are made in the USA. All of our products are made from hand in Frederick, Colorado. Hand welding each and every piece ensures our buyers that they are getting a quality product that will not leak and will last. Lastly, get a guarantee. Diamond Spas guarantees all our products. We have been making our clients happy for the past 16 years with lifetime products. Let us know if we can help you with other questions or concerns! Our Best!


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