Are you ready for paneled appliances?

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Are you ready for paneled appliances?

When the remodel project started we decided to put in a front or panel-ready dishwasher and refrigerator.  Panels are designed to hold a cabinet front.  “Overlay” or panel-ready describes an appliance that’s had a cabinet panel installed over the appliance to match the rest of your kitchen design.  Adding panels helps to streamline the look of your kitchen and also gives the space a homey feel.  In our case, the panels created symmetry on either side of the farmhouse sink.

Some appliance manufacturers offer panel options so make sure to ask when you’re shopping.  After doing a little research we ended up purchasing a Bosh dishwasher. When you shop, look for a dishwasher with a well-designed interior with flexible space that allows you to adjust the racks for items such as wine glasses or platters.  The oil rubbed bronze pull on the door doubles as a towel bar and matches the other hardware in our kitchen.

Our refrigerator is a Thermador and it’s perfect.  I’d always wanted french doors and I enjoy having the freezer below. The interior is shallow so your food items don’t get lost in the back as often.

This style of refrigerator/freezer has been around for years and has become increasingly popular over the past decade.  With the freezer on the bottom, the partition separating the two compartments is smaller than a side by side so large items (pizza for example) are easier to store. Also because cold air naturally sinks, having the freezer on the bottom will help save energy.  The only disadvantage is that there is no eye level freezer storage so it might be more difficult to access.

Here are a couple more examples of paneled appliances.



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