Appliance Alchemy: Crafting Your Dream Kitchen Through Selection
Appliance selection is a critical aspect of kitchen design as it greatly influences the overall look, feel, and functionality of the space. We often ask our clients if they have chosen their appliances yet because of their significant impact on the kitchen design. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to appliance selection—it ultimately depends on your personal preferences and needs.
Cooktops and Ranges:
When it comes to cooktops and ranges, your preference for gas, electric, or induction will play a significant role. Induction cooktops use electromagnetism to directly heat the cookware, requiring special pans and offering precise temperature control without the cooktop itself getting hot. On the other hand, a cooktop is a standalone appliance with burners or heating elements arranged in a flat surface. A range combines both a cooktop and an oven in a single unit, offering a comprehensive cooking solution.
Wall Oven Combinations:
Wall oven combinations provide flexibility and convenience by installing a wall oven together with another appliance, such as a microwave, warming drawer, or secondary oven. This setup optimizes space utilization and enhances cooking capabilities.
Range hoods are essential for proper ventilation in the kitchen. They are installed above the cooking surface and help capture and remove grease, smoke, steam, and odors. Range hoods come in various styles, sizes, and power capacities to suit different kitchen layouts and cooking needs. There are standalone range hoods or hood inserts that can be placed inside or under a cabinet. Ducted range hoods vent polluted air outside through a system of ducts, while ductless hoods rely on filters to trap grease and odors before recirculating the air back into the kitchen.
There are various types of refrigerators to consider for your kitchen design:
This type offers a separate refrigerator and freezer column that can be installed side by side or independently. It provides maximum customization and flexibility in terms of storage space and temperature control.
French Door Refrigerator:
French door refrigerators feature two doors for the refrigerator section that open from the center, with a bottom freezer drawer. They offer wide shelves and an organized layout, making it easier to store and access larger items.
Counter-depth refrigerators are designed to align with standard countertop depth, creating a more streamlined and built-in look. They are shallower than regular fridges, making them a suitable choice for kitchens with limited space.
Under Counter Refrigerator:
Under counter refrigerators are compact and designed to fit beneath a countertop. They are often used as beverage coolers or additional refrigeration storage in kitchen islands or bar areas.
Panel Ready Appliances:
Panel ready appliances, also known as integrated appliances, are designed to seamlessly blend with the surrounding cabinetry. These appliances have a front panel that can be customized to match the kitchen design, creating a cohesive and streamlined appearance.
When selecting appliances, consider your preferences, lifestyle, available space, and budget. It is also beneficial to consult with a kitchen designer or appliance specialist to ensure the chosen appliances meet your specific needs and harmonize with your overall kitchen design.
Check out the transformation below to see what a difference appliances and an updated kitchen can make.