Appliances like your stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and toaster are as much a part of the decor in your kitchen as your counters, cabinets and floor tiles. Some people inherit their major kitchen appliances when they move into their apartments or houses, and others have been collecting their appliances for years. If you're in the position to redecorate your entire kitchen with new appliances, give strong consideration to the colour you choose, so you may coordinate with your new kitchen. If possible, choose appliances that are all one coordinating colour.
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White appliances will blend with bright kitchens that have been decorated with light pastel colours like soft yellow, mint green or shell pink. White appliances will also work well with colour combinations that mix bright bold colours (like royal blue, deep purple or mango orange) with white. White appliances will match with cabinets that are also white or of a natural wood.
Black appliances have a sleek and modern appearance that fit well in kitchens that have already been decorated with dark or medium-dark colours. Avoid buying black appliances for a pastel-coloured kitchen because black will dominate any soft or pastel colours you decorate with. Black appliances will work best with neutral-coloured cabinets like grey or cabinets that are painted with a cool colour like blue.
Chrome and stainless steel appliances tend to give a kitchen a "professional" appearance, reminiscent of kitchens in restaurants and catering services. Chrome fits best with medium-dark colours and neutral colour schemes that involve greys, whites, blacks and an accent colour. For a kitchen with chrome appliances, adopt a no-nonsense decorating scheme with counters made from a stone or stone lookalike material and wooden cabinets.
Although common at one time, most large kitchen appliances don't come in colours anymore. Some smaller appliances--like microwaves, coffeemakers and toaster ovens--come in bright colours, perfect for accenting a colour choice you've already made in your kitchen. For example, if your kitchen is already decorated in a red, white and black theme, a bright red toaster will make a cute accent for your kitchen. Avoid colour on larger appliances like your refrigerator. A refrigerator can last a long time -- longer than the colour of your kitchen. If you choose to remodel, you'll be chained to the colour of your fridge.
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