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January 2017

Nothing Gray Here: Making Bold Decisions for Your Dream Kitchen

If you are building a dream kitchen in your new home or remodeling your existing space, it can be an overwhelming process! How do you even begin to determine the layout, the finishes, appliance placement and ensure it all comes together in the end?

No matter how hands on you will be in the process – from flipping through countless inspiration boards to sawdust covered clothing – we’ve compiled a few questions for you to think about to ensure you arrive with the kitchen of your dreams. With a plan in place you certainly won’t get caught in that gray area of indecision!

How important is counter space?

Counter space is arguably the most prime real estate in your home so it’s essential to have the desired amount of workspace in your dream kitchen. If your kitchen feels crowded, you may want to consider a design that provides plenty of room to comfortably prepare that large meal!

We absolutely LOVE this kitchen from Erin Sander Design because the under the counter microwave drawer in the island provides a wealth of counter space!

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Credit: Houzz, Erin Sander Design

Do you want mixed finishes or consistency?

When deciding on color palettes for your kitchen, it’s important to think about the overall design of your home and the vibe you’re trying to achieve. Ask yourself how you want your kitchen to feel. There are many different pieces of your kitchen that need to coordinate, including your cabinets, countertops, backsplash, wall color and even appliances.

We love how William Quarles mixed dark gray and white cabinets, wood flooring, white sink and stainless steel appliances! Just think how stunning this kitchen would look with our new 24″ Black Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer (SMD2470AH)!

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Credit: Houzz, William Quarles Photography

Who is doing most of the cooking?

Are you a sometimes cook, mostly Seamless Savant? Are you master of the meals or do you have tiny helpers running around? If you want to make your dream kitchen work for the kids too, you might consider placement of appliances like a microwave drawer at a level they can reach.

Design Savvy has an inspiring kitchen that caught our eye! Offering various placement options throughout the kitchen, the Microwave Drawer can be positioned at an accessible height below an island, peninsula, standard cabinetry, or installed adjacent to your wall oven. It’s easy for kids to microwave their own popcorn!

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Credit: Houzz, Design Savvy

Check out more kitchen designs on of Sharp’s Simply Better Living blog for our favorite built-in microwave looks on Houzz!