Every homeowner has different needs and tastes when it comes to kitchen design. The layout of counters, drawers, cupboards and appliances must be ergonomic, safe and attractive to the homeowner. Choosing and incorporating major kitchen appliances can be problematic, due to their size and placement restrictions. These large items have a significant visual impact, so color and style are important as well.
Before purchasing new major appliances, such as a refrigerator, stove or dishwasher, carefully consider how they will impact visually on your existing or soon-to-be-remodeled kitchen design. Try to keep the finish of your appliances uniform. It is easier to integrate appliances that look similar into a décor than making concessions on the look of your kitchen because of possible color clashes.
Modern kitchens have become more than just places to make food. The trend is to create an open space to entertain and gather – yet they must remain functional for everyday use.
Stainless steel is a popular and clean finish choice for all major kitchen appliances, as well as counter tops. The advantages are worth the extra cost. Stainless steel won’t rust and there is no paint finish to flake off or get scratched. Further, stainless steel looks good in both modern and traditional-style kitchens, and it is easy to clean.
White- or bisque-colored appliances may not be as trendy as stainless steel, black, or custom colors, but there are good reasons to consider integrating them into your kitchen design. Colors can go out of fashion relatively quickly, and if your major appliances have non-neutral colors, you are limiting yourself to certain color palates in the future. (Do you remember avocado green appliances?) Stainless steel and black appliances tend to show fingerprints easily, so cleaning them can become an issue. White appliances go with almost any other color scheme, and are very easy to clean.
If space is a problem, you may want to replace your older appliances with modern space-saving ones, such as microwaves that install over the stove or are contained in drawers. Typically, drawer microwaves are installed under the counter, which frees up your counter top. Dishwashers that operate with pull-out drawers, instead of fold-down doors, are convenient to use and clean, and require less space to access the packing racks when opened.
Finally, it may be time to replace your appliances if they were manufactured over 10 years ago. Refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers have all become much more energy efficient in the last decade, so although it is an investment to replace them, over time you can anticipate a nice savings on your utility bill. Check with your power company to see if they currently offer a rebate for recycling older appliances. Although it is usually small, it is still money back in your pocket.
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