Colorful kitchen appliances, Do’s & Don’ts

I love a splash of color in any room, including the kitchen. Since I’m a fan of neutral basics in the kitchen (cabinets, counter tops, back splash and flooring), a pop of color is often needed.

Colorful appliances can be appealing because they are so eye catching. Smaller, counter top appliances done in bright colors can be a great way to add color to a neutral kitchen. Larger items such as your refrigerator, store or dishwasher can be a bit riskier when it comes to bold colors.

Here are a few basic do’s and don’ts for adding colorful appliances to your kitchen.

{Bluestar Range with pink knobs, a smart way to add color with appliances.}

{Bluestar Range with pink knobs, a smart way to add color with appliances.}

Do:

*Stick to ONE color. Most colorful appliances are bold, so less is more. Find your favorite and stick to that (you can use shades of that color in other ways throughout the room).

*Start small. Consider how much you LOVE a color before you purchase a major appliance (like a refrigerator) in a bold hue. If you are unsure, a blender may be a better place to begin.

{Kenmore blender/food processor in red.}

{Kenmore blender/food processor in red.}

*Spread the color. Tie in your ONE color to other items throughout your kitchen. If you have an orange stand mixer be sure to include a splash of orange in your towels, window treatments, art or serving bowls. Spreading the color around will make it feel more at home.

{KitchenAid Artisan Series stand mixer in tangerine, a trendy color in 2012.}

{KitchenAid Artisan Series stand mixer in tangerine, a trendy color in 2012.}

*Color = color. Make sure all of your colors are the same. If you have a green mixer, toaster and blender, purchase them from the same manufacturer to assure they are the same green.

*Use accents. If you want a splash of color without the tidal wave, use appliances with accents of color, like the range shown above or the toaster with colored stripes.

{Kalorik yellow toaster, a small pop of color.}

{Kalorik yellow toaster, a small pop of color.}

Don’t:

*Buy a colored appliance JUST because it’s a popular color.

{RCA microwave in blue. Great for a college dorm room.}

{RCA microwave in blue. Great for a college dorm room.}

*Forget to consider the colors in the rooms surrounding your kitchen, especially if the kitchen is open to other spaces. Let the palettes from the other rooms influence your appliance color selection.

{1950s style fridge in lime green.}

{1950s style fridge in lime green.}

*Use colored major appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher) if you are planning on selling your house in the next few years.

Another color you might consider for your appliances is bronze. Similar to the stainless finish (that has been all the rage for the past 15 years), this neutral metal finish blends well with all kitchen cabinets and counter tops. It’s warm and inviting and will make your kitchen stand out and stand the test of time.

{Oiled bronze hood and double wall oven by Jenn Air, a fresh approach to appliance color.}

{Oiled bronze hood and double wall oven by Jenn Air, a fresh approach to appliance color.}

{Oiled bronze appliances by Jenn Air. They work so well with the cream cabinets.}

{Oiled bronze appliances by Jenn Air. They work so well with the cream cabinets.}

Do you have any colored appliances in your kitchen? If so, what colors and what appliances? Please share below.

Happy decorating!

April Pardoe