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?