Published at Sunday, April 15th 2018, 08:03:20 AM. Kitchen Appliances. By Renata Vecoli.
It‵s okay to splurge on a luxury item or two in the kitchen. "People want toys in their kitchens—appliances that they may not necessarily need but would like to have," explains Nikki Trivisonno, a certified designer with Cleveland-based Somrak Kitchens.
There are, however, some appliances that make the countertop cut: namely, the coffee maker. Find common ground by establishing a coffee station on your kitchen counter. Enhance it with streamlined accessories, like a floating shelf below the cabinetry to stack coffee cups and a tray filled with spoons and sweeteners. For these appliances that we can't live without being in plain sight, make sure that they mimic the design style of your space. If you have a modern aesthetic, then look for appliances with sleek, shiny finishes to complement a contemporary decor. Vintage-style preferences are best matched with nostalgic appliances such as a standout Smeg refrigerator.
Another option for making more room in your small kitchen is to downsize your appliances — literally. European appliances are typically much smaller than American models, although they work just as well. Gourmets may cringe initially, but an under-counter refrigerator drawer is a space-saving alternative to the upright behemoths we're most familiar with. A refrigerator/freezer combo drawer installed within the kitchen cabinetry is a smart design solution and ideal for cramped galley-style layouts.
To update your appliances using paint, make sure they`re unplugged and pulled away from the wall. Make sure to clean the appliance beforehand to remove any grime or other residue. If you skip this step, the paint will not adhere to the item. Remove or cover all the hardware and handles from your appliances. Try to paint your appliances outside if possible. If you don`t have any outdoor space, make sure to cover all the other items in your kitchen and open some windows for ventilation.