Choosing Kitchen Appliances Before Design

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Think about your dream kitchen. Can you picture your favorite cabinet style and finish? The countertop material and color? How about your family’s must-have appliances?

If you’re like most people, you probably know whether you want stainless steel, black, or white appliances, but you may not have considered what features your appliances will need to have in order to best fit your lifestyle.

Often, homeowners start the remodel process without first giving thought to the tools they’ll need for cooking and entertaining in their new space. Even though our experienced designers can offer some advice on buying appliances based on your cooking habits and design goals, appliances shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s best to have an idea of what appliances you’ll need even before you visit one of our five North Carolina showrooms and start designing your dream kitchen.

Size and Dimensions

If you’re not changing your kitchen’s layout, the space available to you will dictate which appliance models you can choose from since their dimensions will have to fall within a predetermined range. When designing from scratch, you have the freedom to select your appliances before you begin planning your kitchen layout. With product specifications on hand, your Marsh Kitchen & Bath designer can create a kitchen plan that seamlessly integrates every one of your essential kitchen tools.

Once you and your Marsh Kitchen & Bath designer begin the remodel process, it will be important that you know what specific appliances you’ll be adding to your new space. Imagine falling in love with a kitchen design and then realizing the fridge you ordered won’t fit. That’s the issue many homeowners face when they don’t start appliance shopping until after they’ve already approved a kitchen design. If the appliance in question can’t be returned, it may mean altering the design or creating a new one from scratch, adding more time to the remodel process.

Since kitchens are designed around appliances, appliance research is essential to the design process whether you’re using the existing footprint or starting from scratch. An experienced kitchen designer is a great resource to consult with as you work through the process of laying out your space.

Consider Your Lifestyle

While shopping for appliances, be sure to consider your family’s lifestyle. Do you cook every day? Is there an avid baker in the house? How often do you entertain?

All of these questions will help you determine which appliance models are a priority and which ones are wish list items. If you plan on entertaining guests often, you might decide a warming drawer or steam oven is important to keep food warm as your guests arrive at different times. If you have a large family and cook regularly, accommodating an oversized fridge might be the highest priority for your remodel. On the other hand, if you’re a small family of two and seldom cook, you might consider freeing up cabinet space by downsizing from a standard 24-inch dishwasher to a compact model.

Energy Star Appliances

Marsh Kitchen & Bath strongly recommends looking for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR products are certified to increase energy efficiency. Not only do these products minimize their impact on the environment, but they also help consumers save money on their energy bills. Since the ENERGY STAR program began, Americans have collectively saved an estimated $430 billion on energy bills.

Finishes and Styles

Finally, the fun part! After researching and comparing models, you finally get to choose what styles and finishes you want for your kitchen. Keep in mind that trends are ever-changing, so even though Millennial Pink is one of 2017’s must-have colors, that might not be the case next year. Some of the classics—like stainless steel, black, and white finishes—have been trending the past few years and show no signs of slowing down. Though these are safe bets, your kitchen should be a reflection of your personality—if you know you won’t get tired of bold colors at the turn of the season, then maybe Millennial Pink or Greenery aren’t such bad choices for your appliances. Whether you choose to go bold or play it safe, be sure to choose appliances that will work hard for you and your family and that are a style you’ll love for years after settling into your dream kitchen.

If selecting appliances becomes overwhelming, give us a call at one of our five North Carolina locations or contact us online. Our designers will be happy to offer expert advice or refer you to one of the local appliance vendors we partner with. Be sure to also check out our inspiration gallery for ideas!