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If you have looked at a renovated kitchen and wondered where the appliances such as the refrigerator and dishwasher were, you have just experienced paneled appliances. The beauty of these custom panels is the fact that they cover the appliances and allow them to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the cabinetry. Even though they have often been seen as a luxury item, more and more homeowners are selecting this option when building or redoing their kitchen due to the benefits it brings to their space. We know that the kitchen is seen as the heart of the home, the place where we enjoy gathering together as we cook or just graze which makes the design choices important. Paneled appliances add much to the overall look and feel of the kitchen often creating a harmonious look in the home especially when it comes to an open concept layout. Let’s talk about why they may be a great option for your upcoming renovation.
What are paneled appliances?
A paneled appliance is one that has a cabinet panel installed over the appliance which gives the appearance that it is also a cabinet. This option allows it to become part of the cabinet matching the overall cabinet design instead of standing on its own. These cabinet fronts can also be fitted with hardware that matches the other cabinets helping it to further blend into the kitchen. The typical hardware choice is a longer pull that provides a good grip for you and is strong enough to manage the day to day usage that will be required from it. Multiple companies now offer a larger selection of sizes for a specific hardware style which means you will not be too limited in your choices. Since we are a custom cabinetry company this means that even though there are several different appliance models out there, we can create a panel for any of them. We do recommend that you confirm with the manufacturer about the appliances ability to be paneled as some may not be designed for it.
The benefits of paneled appliances
There are several reasons why these custom panels are a great investment for your new kitchen renovation:
Increase in value
Ideal for open floor plans
Paneled appliances create a beautiful aesthetic in the kitchen as they form a unified look throughout the space. While having your appliances seen is not a bad thing, in fact, they can be worked into the design and look great, there is something special about blending them with your cabinetry. Having the appliances hidden within the cabinetry also keeps the area looking clean and seamless. Paneled appliances are a wonderful choice for kitchens in the more luxury homes plus this option also has the ability to increase the value of your kitchen since it is seen as an upgrade when compared to the traditional look of exposed appliances. For those who enjoy a more open floor plan, paneled appliances provide the perfect solution to the design process. Since the kitchen can be seen from multiple areas within an open floor plan, having your appliances covered gives a more cohesive appearance to the entire space instead of having your stainless steel refrigerator gleaming into the living or dining room. Be sure to talk to your designer about opting for paneled appliances in your kitchen renovation.
Are paneled appliances right for you?
Paneled appliances may not be for everyone but if you are looking to add an extra dose of homeiness to your home then these are the clear choice. Instead of the refrigerator and dishwasher making their own design statement they are made to fade into the background as they become a part of the cabinetry. This wonderful option can truly make a big difference in the outcome of your project and is well worth the investment. Because we are a custom company the options are endless from color to door style, it can all be made to your exact specifications. Browsing places like Pinterest and Houzz can give you more insight into what you would like to have so you can share the inspiration with your designer. Be sure to pin and print the photos you love most so you can bring it to your next design meeting.