10 Obsession-Worthy Kitchen Designs for Your Custom Built Home in Wake County

The kitchen is truly the heart of the home and it’s where we spend an average of 400 hours every single year. Why not spend all of that time in a kitchen you truly love? The popularity of custom-built kitchens is on the rise, as homeowners take the time to create a space that’s as beautiful as it is functional.

Need some inspiration for your Wake County custom-built home design? We think you’ll love these 10 kitchen designs we’ve done for clients over the years as much as we do!

1. Let the Light Shine In

kitchen lighting design for a more vibrant kitchen

We love the natural light flooding into this kitchen thanks to the windows throughout it. Not only do they fill the space with a light and airy feel, but they also give you a great view while cooking your favorite meal. 

2. Incorporate an Island Designed for Gathering

Open kitchen island ti fit a gathering of people

We truly enjoy creating spaces that encourage connections for our clients. This large island has plenty of space for the whole family to gather at the end of the day, sharing stories and making memories with each other.

3. Use Statement-Making Tile

kitchen with black tile to create a statement making design

Available in thousands of different styles and designs, tile is a great way to make a statement in your kitchen design. We love the subtle use of the patterned tile here, combined with the plain black tile behind the oven for a bold, yet classic design.

4. Include Nature-Inspired Elements

nature inspired elements for a kitchen design in wake county

Dreaming of a rustic kitchen? Try incorporating a touch of nature into your design, like these wood beams and natural wood cabinets. They especially pop against the stark contrast of the light countertop and appliances.

5. Create an Organizational Hub for Your Family

kitchen with an organizational hub attached to a cabinet

The kitchen isn’t just for making delicious food. It’s often the place where the whole family gathers before heading out the door to start the day. We love this organizational hub complete with storage and a built-in whiteboard that the entire family can use.

6. Incorporate Functional Design Elements

a functional designed kitchen with artistic elements

A range hood plays an important role in improving the air quality in your home, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a beautiful design feature. We love the striking color of this one and how it’s an eye-catching feature of the overall kitchen design.

7. Alternate Dark and Light

kitchen with alternating dark and light designs

We always love a good contrast of color, but this design is particularly unique. The kitchen island’s light cabinets and dark countertops are the perfect complement to the dark cabinets and light countertops throughout the rest of the kitchen.

8. Don’t Forget the Prep Kitchen

home with a prep kitchen with ingredients

A prep kitchen is often thought of as “out of sight, out of mind,” but we believe it’s still worthy of a thoughtful design. From the convenient chalkboard to the wire storage baskets and plentiful shelving, this is truly the prep kitchen of our dreams.

9. Include a Breakfast Nook

Kitchen with a breakfast nook in the corner

While your family will surely get plenty of use out of your formal dining room, sometimes it’s nice to have a more casual spot to eat a quick bite together. This built-in, booth-seating breakfast nook is the perfect cozy spot. If you need a luxury home design in the Raleigh-Durham area, we can help you get the best use of space for your kitchen. 

10. Use the Island as a Pop of Color

a kitchen with elements of dark and light

Light and bright designs will always be in style, but you can get creative by incorporating smaller pops of color in your kitchen design. We love the contrast of this dark kitchen island (and barstools!) with the white cabinetry and backsplash.

Custom-Built Kitchens Are Our Specialty

We hope you feel inspired by these custom-built kitchens! Which design would you most like to see in your own home? We love helping our neighbors and community in the Wake County area. We are happy to help anyone in Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Cary, Wake Forest, and nearby areas. Whether you want to build a new custom home or begin a luxury renovation, our team is here to bring your ideas to life. Contact us today to get started.

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