Color schemes are important in most homes where homeowners choose color motifs and schemes for every room. Until now, the kitchen has been the plainest room with limited choices available for appliance color but that has changed and color has colorized the kitchen.
Forget drab white, basic black, or even the new, once trendy stainless steel. Kitchen appliances both large and small are now available in an absolute rainbow of colors. The new colors are vivid and bright, not the avocado green and harvest gold that were once popular in the 1970’s. Those colors have been long retired to make way for colors that range from a bright fire engine red to cotton candy pink, turquoise, hunter green, navy blue, and more.
Color offers a trendy, professional look that some homeowners crave but like anything of value, color enthusiasts will pay extra for increased color options. A full set of color kitchen appliances from the Viking company – which would include stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and range hood – runs about $10,000.
Washer and dryer pairs in colors that include cherry red and sapphire blue from LG Electronics are available in most areas in stores such as The Home Depot and Best Buy but like the other major appliances, the cost is higher due to the color. A matching washer and dryer in a trendy color can start around $3,000. A visit can be made at different online shopping sites for the purchase of the kitchen appliances. The preparation of the walls and theme should be there to match with the specifications. The spending of the amount should be from the budget prepared to get it under the funds available.
Before choosing a bright, new color for major appliances, appliance manufacturers suggest that consumers consider the choice and the long range implications. The average time replacement time on major appliances can be up to twenty years so ponder whether or not two decades of a turquoise stove and matching fridge have enough appeal.
Another factor to consider is the style of the home. Older homes and traditional kitchens may be more suited to more traditional colors than bright, flashy tones. Since most major appliances are included in the sale of a home, keep in mind that a bright fire engine red stove that may appeal to one homeowner might be considered too much by another.
Since color can be viewed in many different ways (beauty IS in the eye of the beholder) it’s important to consider what side effects color might have. Red may be bold and beautiful but if it represents contention to some, all red appliances could result in more arguments in the kitchen area. Basic white might seem humdrum to some but others might actually like the traditional security or the illusion of cleanliness that white provides.
Make sure that both spouses or partners agree on a drastic color change for the appliances and that everyone in the family is happy before committing thousands of dollars toward a new appliance package.
Cautious buyers who would rather try out a color before laying out thousands of bucks on color coded appliances may want to try before they buy with a panel kit. Panel kits are available in most home supply stores and retail at around $70. This allows consumers to change out panels on many appliances and test drive a color before they commit to a new set of appliances that can’t be changed.
Another option is found with “U Design Kits” that allow consumers to base color schemes on team colors, a scrap of favorite wall color and can be readily found at several online locations. Just type “U Design Kits” into a favorite search engine to look for the best deals on these kits.
Or, start small. Most major retailers are offering a line of small appliances in an incredible choice of color. Pick up the current JC Penney catalog or visit the website to browse small appliances available in a sunny bright yellow, pastel pink, bright red, black, or a deep blue. At jcp.com, type in “Colorful Kitchen” in the search window to view even more color options. Some of the small appliances available in the new colors include microwave, crock pot, toaster oven, 2 or 4 slice toasters, convection ovens, and coffee makers.
Kitchen Aid now offers their state-of-the-art stand mixers in twenty different colors. Choose from surf green, tangerine, grape, mango almond cream, apple green, cayenne, bronze pearl, majestic yellow, reef blue and many more. Kitchen Aid is also offering gadget sets (with utensils, measuring spoons and more) and 20 piece knife block sets in red, blue, or black while Cooks offers yellow, pink, red, and green sets.
Hamilton Beach now offers two slice toasters in pineapple, intrigue blue, sugar, licorice, apple green and Moroccan red and stand mixers in the same shades.
Color coordinating could include dishes, cook ware, and even cutlery.
With the new trend toward brighter color choices in the kitchen, it is possible to create almost any color scheme or any shade of the rainbow into the kitchen. Choose the color or colors and get started…..from top to bottom, small to large appliances and more. Only the sky is the limit and if you’re lucky you can get sky blue!