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Kitchens are often one of the most used spaces in a home. In fact, one might even refer to a kitchen as the “heart” of the home.

Why? This is where individuals cook, eat, and socialize with friends and family. Kitchens can be tricky for designers because they not only have to be aesthetically pleasing but also need to be functional to provide adequate storage, appliance safety, and room to cook.

This long list of requirements may leave interior designers feeling overwhelmed and lacking inspiration. Flipping through your favorite magazine or scrolling through Pinterest will only go so far when you’re lacking inspiration as an interior designer.

Sometimes, there is simply too much to look at. So, how can designers focus their creative minds and recharge their batteries?

We suggest the following:

  • Flipping through your favorite coffee table design book
  • Taking a trip to a museum
  • Seeking out the work of fellow designers
  • Drawing inspiration from your favorite brands, and
  • Visiting a local showroom

Read on as we discuss each of these recommendations in detail.

Read Your Favorite Coffee Table Design Book (or Buy a New One!)

Whether you’ve flipped through your favorite coffee table design book a hundred times or used it as a decor item (yet to look at the first page…), it’s time to read—again.

Consider spending time with each design; try to find an element that interests you or that you haven’t noticed before.

Anne Mueller, Principal at Briar Design, states, “For inspiration, I often turn to print publications… There is nothing more beautiful than a wonderfully curated coffee table book filled with stylish shots from talented photographers.” 

Looking for some new coffee table books about interior design? We compiled a list of some of the best books for minimalist design, including our favorites like The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker and John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum by Alison Morris.

Take a Walk Around a Museum

A museum can serve as a place to recharge and get the creative juices flowing. 

Why? Museums are bursting with inspiration. After all, you can’t spell “museum” without “muse!”

Additionally, taking a stroll around a museum allows designers to connect to other artists and other forms of art that may fuel their next project.

Seek out the Work of Fellow Designers

Whether you are a fellow designer or are working on your own home, interior designers can be a great source of inspiration. Some of our favorites include Piet Boon and John Pawson.

Draw Brands that Inspire Luxury Kitchens

Your favorite brands and the details you choose to fill a space with say a lot about you and your preferences. By taking a look at pieces from these brands, you might find one that evokes some inspiration for your next project.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

The Bulthaup Brand

The Bulthaup Brand provides incredible, uncompromised quality for kitchen and living spaces. Additionally, this brand prioritizes high ethical standards while working with premium materials as well as values craftsmanship and design.

According to their website, Bulthaup “[wonders] whether our concept of ‘the kitchen’ is enough to meet people’s wants and needs, now and in the future. We continually investigate this question as we manufacture our products with a passion for detail and a love of authentic materials, to create kitchen and living space systems that enrich lives now and tomorrow.”

Check out more of The Bulthaup Brand’s projects.

MGS

According to their site, “​​MGS stainless steel fixtures merge Italian luxury and style with the innovative precision of Swiss engineering, creating slim silhouettes and simple shapes that represent the perfect harmony of aesthetics and technology.”

MGS uses high-quality stainless steel materials to create sleek, functional designs. These pieces are durable, efficient, and bring a touch of refinement to any kitchen space.  

Read on to view some MGS kitchen faucets.

Designer Doorware

Designer Doorware “was born out of Joseph Di Benedetto’s vision to provide architects and designers the products they were truly looking for. Since inception, our focus has been on providing high-quality innovative designs in hardware with quality at the core of our offerings.”

This brand offers excellent choices for kitchen cabinet pulls and refrigerator door handles.

Check out their site for examples of Designer Doorware projects.

Studio Piet Boon

Every Piet Boon kitchen is designed with “a passion for natural materials, keen technical insights, and an eye for detail. Each kitchen concept is ‘tailored to taste’, being unique in form and proportion, material, texture, color, finish, and appearance.” 

For example, we love the COCOON Piet Boon Deck Mount Swivel Spout (PBSET11).

The PBSET11 is made from premium materials and offers great function and value for a home. This fixture is part of COCOON’s Piet Boon Collection, so make sure to check out other fixtures to accessorize your room!

Moreover, this piece is available in four finishes:

  • Gold (shown above)
  • Black
  • Brushed inox, and
  • Copper

Find more Piet Boon kitchen products.

HydroTap by Zipwater

Take it from Zipwater: “Ultra-modern. Boho-chic. Contemporary classic. Whatever your taste, there’s a HydroTap to match, with a stunning selection of tap styles, finishes, and dispensing options to choose from! Browse the range below to find the perfect HydroTap for your home or office.”

These products are made from premium materials and built to last. 

Check out more HydroTap by Zipwater products.

Visit Our Showroom for Unmatched Luxury Kitchen Inspiration

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is proud to be your resource for timeless, minimalist, luxurious design. Our expertise lies in our experience creating the most impeccable designs for the highest quality homes and establishments.

For samples and more, stop by our Los Angeles showroom.

luxury hotel bathroom curated with COCOON products

Luxury hotels evoke feelings of calm, relaxation, and serenity… So, why wouldn’t designers want to capture the same essence in a home?

Designers and homeowners can take a series of steps to make a home feel like their favorite five-star hotel; these steps range from choosing fresh scents and soothing, neutral colors to donning chic shower sets and upgraded bathtubs.

Let’s talk about each of these steps a bit more.

Establish a Scent

Many luxury hotels brand themselves with scents. The same can go for homes. Bright notes can make a room smell fresh, clean, and luxurious. Common luxury-esque scent options include sandalwood, vanilla, cedar, lemon blossom, citrus, neroli, leather, and white tea.

Choose Neutral Tones

Minimal room in a luxury hotel room with neutral colors

Neutral tones are soothing and gentle on the eye. In addition, neutral tones carry a timelessness, whereas colors are more likely to go out of style or overwhelm a space. Most luxury hotels will not include many pops of color, especially red or yellow, and instead opt for color palettes including bone, white, and beige. 

Keep Scale in Mind

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones

Many designers have made the mistake of trying to squeeze too many pieces into a small space, or, on the other hand, leaving too much room in a large space. Understanding proper scale and proportions can make a home evoke the luxury feel of a hotel without feeling empty or overcrowded.

Consider a Minimalistic Approach

When guests step into a hotel, they aren’t met with the usual clutter of a home, a collection of patterned pieces, or an array of bright colors. Minimalist design can help a home feel elegant and purposeful.

Design the Bathroom into a Luxury Spa

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones and COCOON bathtub and features

Hotels are known for their spa-like bathrooms with plush towels, spacious showers, and luscious bathtubs. An elegant bathroom can completely transform a space.

Install a New Showerhead

Designer bath manufacturers typically create a variety of showerheads, such as rain showers, handheld, wall-mounted, and recessed ceiling rain showers.

Here are some of our favorites:

The COCOON PB SET23THERM

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones, bathroom fixtures with COCOON, a black shower set

Designed by Piet Boon, these thermostatic shower fixtures are made from AISI 316L marine grade stainless steel with PVD colors of gunmetal black, raw copper, and brushed inox. The exterior parts include a hand shower, diverter 2 outputs, and a thermostatic (U.S. compliant) mixer.

The John Pawson Complete Thermostatic Rain Shower Set

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones, bathroom fixtures with COCOON, a gold shower set

This set includes the stick model hand shower and the wall-mounted rain shower. This set comes in three finishes: brushed gold, brushed inox, and dark gray.

Consider Upgrading the Bath Tub

Installing a bathtub creates the opportunity to elevate a bathroom space. After all, a tub is one of the first elements that catch the eye and can make or break a bathroom design.

At Specialty Hardware and Plumbing, we enjoy the look of COCOON bathtubs. Why? COCOON tubs pair elegance and functionality with a design built to last a lifetime. 

Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

The COCOON Atlantis Free-Standing Tub

Shown in the color “dust,” this tub is available in a variety of other finishes as well. These finishes include Earth, Pebble, and Shell. Learn more about the COCOON Atlantic Free-Standing Tub.

The COCOON Purist Free-Standing Bathtub With Pure Geometric and Smooth Details

luxury hotel furniture with neutral tones, bathroom fixtures with COCOON free standing tub in dark gray

This tub is available in natural stone and can include a recessed drain in the same material. Shown above in natural light grey, the COCOON Purist Free-Standing Bathtub is available in several finishes. 

Read on to learn about fixtures that complement COCOON tubs.

Consider Specialty Hardware + Plumbing to Make Your Home Feel like a Luxury Hotel

With friendly, knowledgeable product experts and the latest selection of plumbing products for the kitchen and bath, Specialty Hardware + Plumbing helps make your Beverly Hills dream home a reality.

At Specialty Hardware + Plumbing, you’ll find a large selection of quality brands for kitchen and bath projects as well as dedicated showroom specialists.

When you visit Specialty Hardware + Plumbing, you’re guaranteed incredible quality—from sinks, faucets, bathtubs, shower systems, and toilets.

Let one of our expert product specialists guide you to products that fit the scope of your job and budget. When you need help finding the right kitchen and bath products, Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is the place to shop in and around Beverly Hills, CA.


Learn more about our showroom in Beverly Hills.

Infographic about how to make a home feel like a luxury hotel