While we admit that microwaves are an essential part of any kitchen, let's be honest: They're not pretty at all. This stately kitchen devotes an entire cabinet to keeping the appliance out of view. Plus, the counter space below it is ideal for prepping your leftovers before heating. See more at Remodelista » - HouseBeautiful.com
Light & Livable: Island Despite its narrow construction, the island packs in plenty of storage options. Deep drawers offer storage space for larger items such as pots and pans, while others provide the perfect spot to stow away hand towels and utensils. An open shelf on one side of the island creates a handy spot to place a microwave
Clean Countertops The homeowners maximize every inch of counter space by putting the microwave in a custom-made cabinet, which is the perfect height for small children, and by stashing cookbooks on the shelf below. Keep clutter to a minimum to make a small kitchen feel open and spacious.