Choosing appliances for an open-concept kitchen can be tricky because they are seen from the rest of your home! Get tips for choosing the best open concept kitchen appliances as seen in this beautiful rustic modern kitchen.
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For years, we’ve been dreaming of a little house out here in the Texas hill country – a place for our extended family to gather. About a year ago, we found the perfect little ranch house on six acres. And one looooooooong renovation later, we’re finally about ready to put this home and its open concept kitchen to good use.
Excuse me while I laugh/cry/happy dance…
Choosing Kitchen Appliances for an Open Concept Kitchen
I shared a few months ago which appliances we chose for the space and our process of doing so (feel free to check out the full post here for practical tips on choosing appliances!). We found the selection and online shopping experience at The Home Depot to be amazing: plenty of choices, but also plenty of filters to help us narrow down the options and find the perfect appliances for our space. But for today, I’d like to focus on the aesthetics of it all. In short, I think it can be boiled down to two major factors:
- Consider sight lines.
- Prioritize clear counter space.
White Kitchen Appliances
Since the full kitchen is not only visible from the main living and dining space in this house but is practically the central focal point, I wanted appliances that blended in and kept open sight lines as much as possible.
Dramatic, stainless appliances can be beautiful in some settings, but as the gathering point in this little ranch house, this kitchen seemed to need something more understated. Instead of stainless, I went for this white KitchenAid fridge.
The white refrigerator panels blend into our white cabinets beautifully, while the substantial stainless handles still lend a subtle touch of gourmet, industrial feeling.
Panel Front Dishwasher
This panel front dishwasher was perfect, as well, allowing that appliance simply to blend in with the rest of the cabinetry.
A pretty dishwasher helps makes washing dishes *almost* fun. 😉
Island Range Hood
Even the range hood – though bold in black – was chosen over stainless for its classic appeal.
And to be honest, I struggled with that decision a lot… The placement of the range in the island was key to our open concept design because we had to remove two of the original kitchen walls. And given the open design, a high-powered vent hood was important to avoiding cooking odors throughout the home. I originally thought I wanted a white hood to blend with the cabinetry, but when I saw this beautiful black one, I decided to give it a try. And it turned out so. much. better. than I had even imagined.
I love how it draws attention to the black windows (which are original to the space).
Microwave Drawer and Island Range
The stainless appliances I reserved for the more hidden side of the island.
Although open to the other spaces and thus feeling rather large, the functional space of the kitchen is really just the galley shape on the one side of the island. All three parts of the “kitchen triangle” are there: the fridge, the sink, and the range (see more about different kitchen layouts and designs here). And though there is obviously lots of countertop thanks to the large bar at the island, the working counter space is rather limited – just a few feet on either side of the range and sink. So this microwave drawer was the perfect option to preserve counter space and sight lines in this open-design kitchen.
But the 30″ commercial style range is truly the piece de resistance.
It not only has incredible commercial-grade, dual fuel power, but it marries the microwave drawer (which only comes in stainless) with the white refrigerator. And since they are both KitchenAid, the fridge and range handles match beautifully.
I’ve always preferred gas cooktops (but it wasn’t in option in our other kitchen), so I’m going to thoroughly enjoy putting this one to good use.
Rustic Modern Ranch Kitchen
And that’s it! By prioritizing non-stainless appliances that would blend into the cabinets and/or hide under the countertops, we’ve created a modern, functional kitchen with an old-world appeal. A rustic modern space perfect for our little ranch house… and we couldn’t be more excited.
What’s your favorite part? I’d love to know. You can read more about our cabinet choice and design here, and I promise sources for the rest of the space soon!
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