Previously we discussed about how to choose the right oven. Kitchen appliances are a long-term investment – you need to think carefully before you buy. It used to be a choice between white, black and metallic, but now kitchen appliances come in a myriad of colours. What colour scheme is best for your kitchen? Here’s a few pointers if you’re trying to decide…
Stainless steel is practical, functional and looks good. It’s had a resurgence over the past few years with the industrial look being on-trend. It’s pretty neutral; it goes with everything and doesn’t date. Metal brings a sleek and modern look to surroundings, but it can add texture, too. You can choose between super-bright stainless steel, brushed steel and galvanised metal. Stainless steel appliances tend to be more expensive and the price is influenced by quality. It requires quite a bit of maintenance – small dents and scratches are more noticeable with a stainless finish.
With stainless steel being the thing to aspire to over the past few years, white has taken a bit of a back-seat. Those with white appliances may ask themselves if they need to ‘upgrade’ or wait until white makes a comeback. Well, now it has and the big name manufacturers are rolling out white appliances, with the white of today being glossy and sleek. White is ‘clean’ and always looks good, especially if teamed with white cabinets. It’s easy to keep clean and maintain, too.
Black makes a statement; it adds drama and a touch of designer style. Mix it with white, and you’ve got the ever-trending monochrome look. Black has a lot going for it. It will not date, always looks good and it goes well with anything. However, black is harder to keep clean than white and requires a little more maintenance. It will show scratches more easily than lighter coloured appliances do.
A Case For Colour
If you’re a trend-follower and can afford to replace your appliances often or if you simply love colours and don’t care about being trendy, then coloured appliances might be for you. If you’re not sure about making a commitment to colour, you can always opt for stainless steel, black or white and add ‘pops’ of bright colour with small appliances – that way you can always be totally up-to-date.
- Make a decision on the style you want to project: modern or natural, charming or efficient.
- If space is limited, choose white. It gives a ‘clean’ look and better flow. Larger kitchens can accommodate black, stainless steel or coloured appliances.
- Co-ordinate appliances with the colour of the kitchen cabinets. Dark wood works well with stainless steel and light coloured cabinets work well with white or lighter coloured appliances.
- Think about ‘room flow’ and how the colours in your kitchen feature with the rest of the décor in the house.
- If you’re not sure, play safe and stick with classic black, white or stainless steel.
See before you buy
At Fowles, we hold a Home Renovator Auction every Wednesday at 10:00 am, and you can view the kitchen appliances and other items before you bid, anytime Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. The kitchen appliances we offer on auction are an excellent value. If you don’t want to fit the kitchen yourself, we can give you contact details for a good installer for your new kitchen, too.