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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Is White the New Black or is Stainless Still the Bomb?

I watched an episode of Sarah 101 last night where she renovated a small, urban kitchen.  She wandered the kitchen aisles at Ikea looking for cabinets and ended up with the predictable shaker style cabinetry.  What I wasn't expecting was WHITE appliances.  They were sleeker looking than the dated white appliances of the past but they were white.

Is the beloved stainless steel that has reigned supreme for the last decade (two decades?) being threatened by a new player in the appliance department?





MAKING WHITE WORK

1.  The "new" white appliances seems to be sleek and high gloss.  I'm not sure you are going to be able to troll Craigslist for bargains and get the same look.  Then again, maybe you could.

2.  White cabinets are the key to success in these images.  I could imagine them working well with painted cabinets as well.  Stay away from wood because this might give a dated "I-desperately-need-a-reno" look.

3.  There's a definite flow to the kitchen with white cabinets and appliances.  There's no choppy breaks where the stainless appliance would normally belong.  If you're renovating a small kitchen this could be a winning combo.

4.  If you're really wanting your backsplash or counter to be the star of the show this looks works.  Again, nothing else interrupts the flow.

5.  Unlike stainless, white appliances will come with slightly different "white" finishes depending on the manufacturer.  Make sure if you're planning on buying from more than one manufacturer that you've done a side-by-side comparison.  What looks like white in the showroom might read off-white in your kitchen.

So what do you think of white appliances?  On board or happy to stick with your stainless?

20 comments:

  1. I have to say I do enjoy the white appliances - very slick!

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  2. I DO like the continuity AND easier to keep smudge free!

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  3. The new sleek versions of white appliances are lovely. Since I have a kitchen full of 2 yr old stainless appliances I hope the stainless look won't be totally dated soon :( And I sure do wish we could get Sarah on TV here in the states cause she currently isn't on our cable lineup ... we get those shows a year to two after they're produced, so maybe the stainless trend will keep on a bit longer here!

    Robin @ happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm just in the final stages of installing a white kitchen. We went with white fridge and dishwasher (high gloss white to match the high gloss white cabinet doors). And with a stainless steel stove + hood. Both the fridge and dishwasher blend into the cabinets and feel integrated (which I love). The stove has black glass top which flows with the black granite counter. The stainless steel hood is a nice accent.

    I think the most important thing is to make sure the space flows well. I'm very happy we didn't go with a stainless fridge and dishwasher. But I am equally happy with our stainless stove and hood. Because this combination works really well in our space.

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  5. when the cabinets are white, i prefer white- i just think it keeps the look cleaner, more open, and flows better!

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  6. Since I love white kitchens, I'm completely on board with the new white appliances. The new white appliances do have stainless steel handles instead of the old plastic style, which is a nice accent.
    Have a great day, Carol!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  7. I sure hope not! We are replacing our (outdated) white appliances with stainless steel! :) But I do like the look of the new white appliances.

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  8. God, I hope so! I know I'm in the minority, but I've just never really liked the look of the stainless appliances. Especially with white cupboards... Sarah's kitchen looked fab, like eveything she does!

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  9. So funny, my husband and I were just having this conversation last night! He is basically over stainless- which was a shock to me because he used to be such a fan. He is a realtor and says almost every house he sees is stainless/granite- another "over it"- and so much of the stainless made today is crap. It dents easily and the fingerprint factor drives him crazy.
    I really do like the white on white look and just painted amy cabinets white, but I am stuck with my stainless fridge and dishwasher for a while since they are still relatively new.

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  10. I LOVE white!! I've never really been a fan of the stainless! It'll be interesting to see if it actually makes a "comeback" or not - either way, I will only be buying white. :-)

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  11. I want these appliances!!! I cannot STAND our stainless stuff that came with the house. It never, ever looks clean, and it drives me crazy. I showed Rick these pictures last night and told him that's what I want when we finally get to redo our kitchen. I have often wondered what the big deal is with stainless--sure it looks nice from far away, but up close...ew. Thanks for these inspiring pics!

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  12. I'm still a stainless girl even though I love white. I'm not a big fan of what Sarah's doing lately..... That particular
    Kitchen ended up pretty cute though.

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  13. I'm starting to move away from liking stainless...I really like the more integrated look than the chopiness you talked about with stainless. And I have to say I really liked the look of that viking fridge! (but then again, it's viking. :)) It's funny that you posted this because just yesterday I started seeing pics of the kitchen of the year and they had a white fridge too...maybe stainless IS on its way out. I think I'd be ok with that!

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  14. Both are great looking! I agree though, there's definitely room for this design look to go awry! I am happy with my stainless, but am open to affordable high gloss white in the future!

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  15. Great topic!!!! I love white and think it works everywhere - AND with kids. We have white kitchen countertops (caesarstone) and white cabinetry, slightly grooved, can't remember what the material is. And loads of white lucite and plastic chairs. The only white I would not do is anything with white paint and white cloth as one chips and the other stains.

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  16. I've always liked white appliances, but I must say I love my stainless steel. Sarah did a great job in that kitchen--lovely.

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  17. I'm totally on board with white appliances vs stainless. I could also be persuaded to get an oven range in a fun unexpected color like bright yellow or navy when it is time for us to remodel.

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  18. I almost went with sleek white appliances when we were designing our kitchen... and still love them. I agree about NOT pairing them with wood! I decided it might be a bit too much white in an all white kitchen. I think it really works when you can introduce colour in other ways though.

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  19. I've always loved our stainless and nothing beats a smokin stainless range. But white appliances do look great with white cabinetry when you want a more seamless look and don't want to do the built-in hidden appliance thing. Love the white Viking fridge :)

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  20. Your kitchen is absolutely adorable! It is so cheerful and inviting, the kind of place you want to drop in and sit, chat, and drink coffee. I love it!

    PCRichards

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