First lets start with color. Color can be an important decision to make when choosing appliances.
In some cases White appliances will still fit the look of the kitchen but most often white is not used in today's new kitchens and kitchen remodels. Trends keep moving so maybe someday White will be used again as an "in" color.
Stainless Steel is more of a trendy color these days but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Magnets do not stick to certian kinds of stainless steel appliances and fingerprints/smudges seem to occur on a regular basis.
Adding Black to Stainless Steel can be a neat contrasting look as you can see to the oven and microwave to the left! This is a great combo to add contrast to your kitchen and still keep it trendy!
Black appliances are a neat, classy, trendy approach to a kitchen design. It will mostlikely not distract from the beauty of your wood or paint colors. You do have to be careful of smudging however like the stainless steel but not too much of a bother.
Neon Colored or "Vintage" colores are beginning to come back in style. Like the baby eggshell blues and greens. You might want to explore some of these colors if you are a color lover! This will be a FUN design but less of a traditional design.
Some standard sizes for appliances are:
Refrigerator- 36" Wide
Microwave Hood- 30" Wide by approx. 17" High
Dishwasher- 24" Wide
Cooktop- approx. 30" wide
Double Ovens- 30"Wide each
Kitchen Double Sink- 33"wide
Style and Features
There are many different styles of appliances to choose from. A great new inventive idea is to choose an oven like the one to our left. This Range (Stove) has a smaller oven ontop of a larger oven. To save energy and also time when you just want something smaller to be heated up. The smaller section will be faster when heating up and you can still get a LOT of food in the smaller section. "2 Standard cookie-sheets fit nicely" The owner of this Range said. "I use it all the time, it is so nice!"
Another great feature in today's appliances are the new Microwave Hoods (see left). These are handy when you have a smaller kitchen and no room for the microwave to sit on the counter. This microwave vents your range and also is a microwave. You can also get these microwave hoods so they do not have to be vented outside, they have filters in them instead.
Dishwashers are changing also! Today there are different styles avaiable like 1/2 dishwashers. These are little dishwashers that open like a drawer and are 1/2 the height of a normal dishwasher. Some people just need one, others install one on each side of the sink like the picture to your left shows. These are great for Apartments, Breakrooms, and homes!
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