How Do Appliances Affect Kitchen Design?


The kitchen is the heartbeat of the home.

It’s a natural gathering place to talk to Mom about your day, to do homework, to snack and play with pets, and of course, to entertain family and friends. Most families spend more time in the kitchen than any other room of the home.

Because a well-designed home supports the lifestyle of the family, appliance selection is key. We work very closely with homeowners to identify their priorities--and of course to make a seamless, beautiful design.

So what are the priorities for home kitchen appliances? Convenience, health, extending fresh food life, entertaining and performance are all priorities for our clients. Learn how we manage their home kitchen goals below!

Best Kitchen Appliances for the Home Chef


This homeowner loves to cook. Her last kitchen remodel was from the early 1990s and her appliances were starting to go. She wanted a lighter, updated look, with appliances that worked for her. She was already a fan of Thermador and selected a Thermador cooktop range that perfectly complements the fresh, clean aesthetic of her kitchen. She selected the 48” professional series cooktop with a steam and convection combination oven. The convection oven is full-size and the cooktop includes a warming drawer for dishes or already-prepared food.


Since this homeowner preferred a lighter, cleaner look, Thermador appliances complement her style and provide high-end features.

The cooktop complements her under-counter wine fridge, conveniently placed at head level, opposite the main SubZero brand fridge. With ample space for any wine-lover or entertainer’s collection, this appliance allows for customizable display options and separate temperature control options. Are you a pinot noir lover whose husband has a penchant for white wines? The wine fridge comes with three separate temperature controls, ensuring you always serve your wines at the perfect temperature.

The three drawers under the refrigerator can be used as fridges or freezers to suit any entertaining needs from keeping ice cream bowls cold to storing extra ice.

The see-through glass door on the fridge was a bonus for this homeowner. When she is busy cooking this door allows her to keep track of recipe ingredients and pre-made dishes.


Finishings, handiwork, and unique features are important interior design details that add depth and character to any room of the home. Sticking with her clean, detailed aesthetic, this homeowner selected fine, detailed Pennville cabinetry and decided to add a custom china hutch with lighting. The hutch features light, two-toned paint, which works nicely with the rest of the kitchen. If we hadn’t told you, you might have missed that design element!

Topping off the look are silver cremone door bolts on the china cabinet doors.

A Butler’s Pantry with Unique Customization

A butler’s pantry is a must-have for any serious entertainer. Staying organized and keeping messes at bay while preparing meals for family and friends is much easier with a butler’s pantry.

Typically, this area serves as the “buffer zone” between the kitchen and dining room. It can be used as a storage area, serving space and even a wet bar.


What makes a butler’s pantry highly useful and entertaining-friendly? Appliances of course!

In this butler’s pantry is a beverage fridge carefully concealed with wood paneling. Not only is this appliance functional and useful, and it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the cabinetry space in this area. The glass-front upper cabinets display the homeowner’s beautiful stemware and fit right in with this home’s overall design.


Here’s another example of a butler’s pantry done right in a new home build. This family chose two appliances that are completely hidden by their custom cabinetry. Underneath the pantry area, is a beverage fridge and a dishwasher. Since the household has children in ages ranging from elementary school to high school, big family entertaining events are important to them. This butler’s pantry helps minimize the kitchen spillover and keep chaotic but fun family functions organized.

As you can see when comparing to the kitchen below, this butler’s pantry matches the style of this home’s kitchen and doesn’t disrupt the design flow. It was designed to complement the dining room because it was built into an alcove off of the dining area. But, it does have its own personality. This butler’s pantry darker look and unique chandelier help it double as a wet bar.


This same family opted for a large Wolf range, a panelled SubZero fridge, and a kitchen island that seats 5!

The island is the perfect place to do homework, chat with Mom and Dad or grab a snack before rushing off to soccer practice. The kitchen island features the same countertops as the butler’s pantry but the remaining countertops are dark, providing a nice contrast and helping the design flow.

Again, they opted for appliances covered by cabinetry, making their kitchen appear larger and providing a significant pop of color contrast with the hardwood floors.


This family also opted to panel their trashcan and dishwasher (next to the sink) to keep the same built-in look throughout the kitchen.

How to Look for Appliances That Work with Your Home’s Interior Design

What makes the appliances work for homes in this blog are that they were selected for the homeowner’s lifestyle, not the other way around. When we work with our clients, we ask them about their lifestyles, what type of entertaining they like to do (formal/informal, indoors/outdoors), how many children they have, and even about pets!

When considering how you use and experience your kitchen, you may want to ask yourself the same questions and consider what your priorities are. If you entertain outside a lot, outdoor grills and fridges are likely going to be helpful.

If you entertain frequently and have elderly guests who prefer to be indoors, a hard-working fridge with extra panel-covered fridges and freezer drawers may be best for you.

Because we design with both lifestyle and aesthetic in mind, we’re able to create dream kitchens for our clients. Starting a design project with both of these priorities in mind allows us to create kitchens with appliances that work for the family AND for the fabulous look, all homeowners want.

Interested in working with us for your upcoming remodel or new home build? Contact us here to get started!

Catherine Davin