There are a variety of advantages to using overlay panels in the design world today. And, in fact, an often overlooked feature of our undercounter units is that they are available with a wood overlay panel or as panel-ready units. While we currently offer 72 unique color combinations to choose from through our Build Your True program of custom finishes and hardware options, this is one feature where the benefits are not frequently extolled.

Not only do panel-ready refrigerators facilitate the installation of a cabinet panel that matches the rest of your kitchen, but it showcases our commitment to providing the utmost in flexibility. Designing a historic home where the aesthetic leans more to an English farmhouse kitchen? No problem. Cover it in a gorgeous hand-painted wood panel with complementing hardware. In some cases, taking this route can also increase resale value. Who doesn’t love custom cabinetry in a luxury showcase kitchen?

At the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, held in Las Vegas this year, we placed an emphasis on demonstrating the virtues of our panel-ready units. We worked with John Michael Kitchens to have him create the panels we designed for some of our undercounter units. We even had one of our displays—which included a Clear Ice Machine, Undercounter Drawers, and a Beverage Center—matched to the new hue we introduced at the tradeshow, Bluestone. On a second display setting, we had our undercounter units outfitted in panels of mixed metals to match the adjacent storage drawers. Regardless of one’s preference, the response was great. There are few things we like more than having options when it comes to design—and this is one great advantage to working with True.