The wood paneled refrigerator matches the cabinetry, blending beautifully into the natural look of this Craftsman kitchen. Glass cabinet doors show off organized glassware and dishes. Beautiful dark stone countertops add movement and color to the room, while light stone floors serve as a neutral foundation.
The refrigerator is disguised to look like additional cabinet space in this traditional kitchen. Black paneling separates the fridge from the medium woodgrain cabinets and complements the coffered ceiling.
This is a modern take on a farmhouse kitchen with all white floor to ceiling cabinets and walls, panel refrigerator, vent hood, and work island with midcentury modern stools and black pendant lighting.
To maintain the smooth, clean look of the kitchen, designers added wood panels in front of the refrigerator to conceal it while keeping it easily accessible. Its new position keeps it at arms length to the kitchen and the living room.
When considering where to splurge and where to budget, Minneapolis homeowner Patti Wagner says the key is to make a list and update it during the remodeling process so you don't get carried away and splurge on everything. Her paneled refrigerator was a Craigslist steal, and the microwave was a floor model with a steep discount. A friend who was remodeling and needed different-sized kitchen appliances sold them the stove, hood range and oven. “At the end, no one can tell which items were purchased at a budget,” she says. “Also, be patient and don't be afraid to consider second-hand items.”