If you live long enough, you can easily see that trends come and go away just to come back after some time. The same is with kitchen design trends. Can you remember all those green and golden kitchen appliances that were so popular in the seventies?
Their popularity faded in the next decade to make room for minimalistic white and elegant black designs. And in the nineties, the stainless steel took over and rocked every kitchen out there. At the beginning of the new century, it was still widely popular and no one could have thought that it will actually let any other trends take over. Well, that is, up until now when more and more designers embrace color in the kitchen appliances and you can see a significant shift towards using pastels as well as vivid shades. Plus if you’re more into muted down colors, you can still find choices that revolve around white, black or even stainless steel.
Letting in some color into your kitchen space is the best way to embrace modern trends and bring some joy into your everyday life! Read on to find out everything you need to know before you go for it!
So over stainless
Why do we see this shift in kitchen appliances trends? Maybe it’s because stainless steel is pretty difficult to deal with as it usually shows every smudge and even the tiniest fingerprints which can get quite irritating. Plus with the technology dominating our everyday lives we want to limit its visibility – we know we need it anyways, we’re just no longer in such a hype of accentuating it as one or two decades before. Color brings a warm touch and makes the kitchen seem more welcoming and that’s the look more and more people are after and less of us choose the cool elegance that is connected wit stainless steel appliances.
Things to consider
Yes, incorporating color into your kitchen is by all means a cool and chic solution, but it has some downsides that you wouldn’t have to deal with if you just opted for a traditional stainless steel appliances. For example, if you invest in a set of same-coloured appliances, it may be really tough after some years to replace any of them in case you need to do so. The reason? Manufacturers give in to trends and even if using color in the kitchen will still be a major trend a decade from now, your manufacturer probably will no longer offer that fridge of yours in this beautiful minty shade. Know what I’m talking about? Yup, things can get tricky this way, but I don’t think that you should just give up. After all, you can pick another shade to compliment the rest of the appliances and no-one will be any the wiser. Plus given the color ranges sometimes you may be limited to picking your appliances just within one manufacturer’s offer. That can pose some difficulties if you are very specific about the tech specs and functionalities that you expect to have. And last but not least, stainless steel goes with virtually any style and color of the kitchen cabinets. The same can’t be said about kitchen appliances in other colors. But is it really such a bad thing? I don’t think so since you have plenty of colors to choose from so you can rest assured that you will find plenty of different kitchen appliances that will fit into your dream kitchen perfectly!
Pick them all at once
If you’re lucky to start designing your kitchen from scratch, be sure that you pick all of the appliances at once. It’s easy to focus only on the biggest ones – the dishwasher, the fridge and the cooker and forget that you’ll also need an electric kettle and other smaller appliances. If you think about your vision now and take care of those details matching each other, you’ll be much more successful in creating a dream kitchen than if you didn’t look at it as a whole. There are plenty of options on the market so you don’t have to be afraid that you will fail to compose a stunning set of matching kitchen appliances – both the large and the smaller ones!
Embrace the metallics
Do you want the energetic vibe that comes with the use of vivid colors but you miss the discrete shine of stainless steel? Try colored metallics like this cooker here features! With this classic cottage look kitchen, it really makes a great and unexpected statement piece. It adds some modern vibe to it and makes space feel a tad eclectic. Notice the pots and pans in bright rose gold shade which is the “it” color this season both in fashion and in interior design. It looks luxurious, classy and feminine and brings a sumptuous feel to any space. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other metallic colors as there are plenty of them on the market to suit your taste!
Make just one statement piece
Who says that you have to go all over with the use of color in kitchen appliances? You can invest in just one statement piece, for example, a fridge and leave the rest of the old appliances as they were. There’s nothing wrong about using some stainless steel appliances alongside with ones in vivid colors. Stainless steel goes well with everything and it’s a perfect solution when you need to buy just one new thing and don’t feel like spending your money on a whole new set of new kitchen appliances. Here the bright orange Big Chill Retro Fridge brings an energetic vibe to space and matches the orange backsplash which contrasts against the white, minimalistic cabinets. Notice how all of the kitchen appliances in here are in different colors, yet they work together perfectly – the white sink melts into the cabinets, stainless steel cooker goes perfectly with the countertops and the bright orange splashes of color make this otherwise austere decor bold and interesting.
The same goes for the cooker which also makes a perfect choice for a colorful statement piece in the kitchen. The range is one of the most important things that you can find in the kitchen, so it’s only natural to accentuate it with color. Even better if you combine it with a matching range hood – it will make an eye-catching focal point. In the kitchen below you can see how, just by using a few colors, you can create a truly impressive space. Bright cobalt of the range and the range hood contrasts with the white cabinets and the backsplash is in willow-green which matches both of the colors just right. Keeping the rest of the space minimalistic and investing only in a few colored pieces is a surefire way for a bold and chic look.
Mix & match
Who says that you should limit yourself to just a few colors? Well, you’ll think me, just a few lines above, but don’t get me wrong – if you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, don’t be afraid to use many different colors. Just take a look at this kitchen and how these different hues work perfectly with each other. Ditching stainless steel doesn’t mean that color is reserved only for your kitchen appliances!
Repeat the color on the walls
Another fun way to create a unique kitchen interior with using colorful kitchen appliances is to repeat the color on the walls. With this solution, you should keep the cabinets rather simple to avoid a color overload. For example, you can get inspired in this kitchen and go after white cabinets with some fresh and bright color like this shade of blue to make the interior look modern and trendy.
Embrace the retro
Colorful kitchen appliances often come in designs that bring you back to past decades, especially the sixties. Manufacturers like Aga, Viking, Big Chill and much more offer you unique appliances that fit not only kitchens inspired by past designs, but also the modern ones. Given so many choices in the cabinets and accessories you can make your kitchen look like the one that Betty Draper from Mad Men used to cook in!
If you are afraid of color that bored with stainless steel, you may want to think about opting for white or black kitchen appliances. They feature a simple yet chic look and match plenty of decor styles. Plus, matching black with white is always a good idea, so you can create a perfect, minimalistic kitchen or just go the other way and use black and white as the canvas for splashes of other colors.
Another way to be original but keep things elegant is to incorporate slate-colored kitchen appliances. Slate is a hue which is quite different from stainless steel – it’s warmer, less glossy, metallic shade of gray that you can find in General Electric’s products. What’s more, it doesn’t show smudges and fingerprints so it’s very easy to clean. And it’s getting more and more popular since GE is constantly widening their product range.
Switch it up
If you want to give your kitchen a fresh and colorful look but don’t have a big budget, consider switching the knobs in your existing kitchen appliances. Choose some bright color and repeat it with matching accessories or even small kitchen appliances like an electric kettle or a toaster. There are plenty of brands out there such as Russel Hobbs which offer cheap and chic colorful kitchen appliances!
Custom match the colors of your kitchen appliances
Some manufacturers even offer you full-color customization meaning you can order kitchen appliances that will look exactly just like that unique color of your cabinets! It’s a fun option, but obviously, it costs more.
What the future holds…
GE is a brand which seeks innovation and currently they’re working on colorful covers for kitchen appliances that you will be able to switch just as easily as the one on your smartphone! This will give you endless customization options and you won’t be bound by your color choice for years like it is now.
How about your experiences? Are you faithful to the stainless steel or already rocking the colorful look? Which colors are your favorites? Any brands that I didn’t mention that offer cool colorful kitchen appliances? Feel free to share your thoughts!