Colour brings a room together. It unites and impresses, and the kitchen is no different. From the wall colour to the floor, cupboards and benchtops, everything has an impact. Even the colour and style of a kitchen appliance will influence the overall vibe and aesthetic.
Appliances have a dual purpose of functionality and appeal. A fridge should not only keep everything cool, but it has to look good amongst its surroundings.
When it comes to selecting the right pieces for a kitchen, the options are not always so clear. There’s a lot to consider. And if you find yourself in that boat, deciding between stainless steel black, white or a bright colour, you know exactly how tough it is. Thankfully the Jim’s Plumbing team has collated the key advantages and disadvantages of various kitchen appliances for your consideration.
White Appliances Are Not Bland
There are those who believe white appliances are a safe choice. They might even go as far as to say white is standard, basic or bland. But that’s far from the truth!
Yes, some white appliances do reflect the low budget associated. However, modern white appliances also showcase premium class and can bring shine and glamour to any kitchen.
Brands like Westinghouse, Miele, Smeg and LG have an assortment of attractive, sleek white fridges. Forget the yellow tinges and plastic look!
Meanwhile, ovens are another realm where white is classy. Falcon, Belling and Fisher & Paykel offer class and grace. Their ovens and stovetops are just like what you would find in a high-end chef’s kitchen.
The Pros and Cons: White Appliances
Keen to keep things simple and classic? Here’s what you need to consider for white kitchen appliances.
- Fingerprints and marks don’t show easily.
- Low maintenance: cleaning is quick and simple.
- A wide range of models for all budgets.
- White never goes out of fashion.
- Some styles can look old and outdated.
- Cheaper models can give off a plastic feel.
- Poor quality white may yellow or fade.
- Big spills are more obvious if they’re not cleaned up.
Be Bold with Black Finishes
Whether you’re looking at a dark-toned kitchen or contrasting black and white, you can always find the right appliance in black. Toasters and kettles are more obvious choices, with ovens and fridges a trendy statement piece. Just think of how good it would look against the backdrop of a white/lighter splashback or benchtop.
Your boldness can know no bounds, either. Matte black, black steel and even black stainless steel are all quality modern options. You don’t just have to look for gothic chic.
The Pros and Cons: Black Appliances
Darker kitchen appliances will present some slightly different advantages and disadvantages to traditional white.
- A sleek look in many kitchens.
- Fingerprints and marks are well hidden.
- Contrasts in white and black kitchens/light and dark.
- Low maintenance.
- More costly on average.
- Too much black can make a room feel smaller.
- Scratches and damage are more noticeable.
Stainless Steel, the Versatile Choice
It’s easy to plead the case for stainless steel as the most popular kitchen appliance finish in most homes. It has always presented a sleek, futuristic image that suits just about anything.
Stainless steel is also great for mixing and matching. A Samsung stainless steel fridge can easily be paired with a Fisher & Paykel oven and no one would notice… until they look closely. Still, the crisp finishes blend perfectly for a modern, sophisticated look in every kitchen.
Dark stainless steel appliances are also an option for anyone after something slightly more unique.
The Pros and Cons: Stainless Steel Appliances
There’s a reason why stainless steel kitchen appliances are so popular!
- Versatile, modern and reliable.
- Fashionable and trendy.
- Complements metal fixtures and wood statement pieces.
- Affordable at both ends of the budget.
- Larger models can be expensive.
- Fingerprints and marks are more obvious.
- Scratches are noticeable.
- Easy to damage and dent.
Say Yes to Colourful Kitchen Appliances
Who says you should be restricted to black, white or stainless steel? There’s a rainbow of colours to choose from! Explore brands like Smeg, Belling and Falcon who have well and truly made a statement with their options. Choose from shades such as floral burst, peach blush, day’s break or rolling countryside.
If you can’t quite picture it, think anything from yellow, red and green to cherry, cranberry or blue. The possibilities for your kitchen style are honestly endless. And if you want a feature piece, a colourful oven could certainly be a perfect choice. It can even match the toaster and kettle for added vibrancy!
Bright colours also work well with black cabinets, or as a juxtaposition to white. The key is to not go overboard but maintain a balance.
The Pros and Cons: Colourful Appliances
Bright statement pieces can often be an eye-catching delight, or perhaps one step too far as an appliance trend.
- A statement piece and conversation starter.
- Adds warmth to any kitchen.
- Hides fingerprints well.
- Great for mixing and matching.
- Bright colours can become dated more quickly.
- Limited availability could impact future repairs/replacement.
- Higher purchase costs than black or white.
The Final Word on Kitchen Appliance Trends
In reality, there’s no clear winner when it comes to the best kitchen appliance for you. The choice must rest on your personal likes and dislikes. Be sure to shop around and inspect any bold choices in person, just so you can truly see the full potential of a bright red fridge or a black oven for organising any appliance installation.