Things Every Kitchen Should Have

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 an integrated colander and a sliding cutting board 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, 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

No kitchen is complete without it.