1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6646 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7246 times:
Back in the 1970s, the appliance colors of choice were Avocado Green and Harvest Gold. Then in the 1980s, Almond became popular. In the 1990s, Black appliances were the trend. Finally, in the 2000s, the trend became Stainless Steel.
So, for the 2010s, do you think there will be a new trend of color? Pink? Cobalt Blue? Fiery Red? Or will Stainless Steel continue to dominate?
Does anyone have their own opinion?
[Edited 2011-01-12 10:01:25]
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DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20339 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7202 times:
I've noticed that for home electronics (receivers, recording devices, etc.) the originals back in the '80's were stainless. Then they turned black in the '90's. At the beginning of the 2000's we saw some white. And now metallic is all the rage again.
"There is nothing new under the sun."
Honestly, I think that White, Black, and Brushed Metal (stainless/Al/etc.) will be the three big schemes for the long-term because they are neutral and can compliment any decor.
PacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7165 times:
I remember back in the 1970s when stereos, televisions, and other electronics had faux wood exteriors (before silver took over in the 1980s followed by black in the 1990s and into the 2000s). Quite frankly, a wood grain surface would look pretty cool on refrigerators, dishwashers, and other kitchen appliances if one were going for a kind of ski lodge or mountain cabin feel. There probably is a very limited market for that kind of thing, however.
hka098 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7160 times:
Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 5): I remember back in the 1970s when stereos, televisions, and other electronics had faux wood exteriors (before silver took over in the 1980s followed by black in the 1990s and into the 2000s). Quite frankly, a wood grain surface would look pretty cool on refrigerators, dishwashers, and other kitchen appliances if one were going for a kind of ski lodge or mountain cabin feel. There probably is a very limited market for that kind of thing, however.
What is really neat are the fridges, who's front matches the cabinet facing for the kitchen.
KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7832 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7147 times:
Must be different in the US as over here most kitchens try to hide away the appliances, especially the diswashers, fridges, freezers....My wife and I are redesigning our kitchen now, we are almost finished, the only thing missing is twin dishdrawers, I just can't get them in Norway, IMO they are the best non commercial dishwashers you can get.
The upside with Stainless is that it is generally non magnetic and the present gf could not stack 150 magnetic things on the front of the refrigerator trying to rearrange the molecular structure of the food inside to make it non fattening.
travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6968 times:
If the "home decor" shows on HGTV are anything to go by, Stainless is and will be the "premium" color. Everyone on "Househunters" drools over Stainless steel and granite countertops.
We are looking for a refrigerator right now, and stainless is $200 more than the same model in white or black. I happen to think Stainless Steel looks really good, but it's also a bi!tch to keep clean of fingerprints. I don't picture red, blue, etc. becoming popular, since those colors would imply a very specific color in the kitchen. Stainless steel goes with everything.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6931 times:
Quoting travelin man (Reply 15): If the "home decor" shows on HGTV are anything to go by, Stainless is and will be the "premium" color. Everyone on "Househunters" drools over Stainless steel and granite countertops.
Sad/funny thing about that you could have granite counter tops and stainless appliances... but the cabinetry could be the cheapest POS stuff in the world and the appliances themselves could be the cheapest (apart from the stainless upcharge) things available and ppl would still go crazy about it.
That is why I am glad there are shows like "Holmes on Homes" on HGTV as well... to help reinforce that quality and craftsmanship matter.... not just fancy looking materials.
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I work in the injection molding industry. Over time, technology in plastics has updated and allowed for more options as far as colour and effects. Colours that tended to hide defects from the molding process are greys and beiges(think about your old commodore or first 14" CRT monitor---beige and grey). Over time, moldmaking technology advanced and allowed for new options as far as molding the parts expanding the colour options without compormising the look. As the industry advances, things like molded in metalic colours become more and more available as the companies that research and develop the metallic technology advance their products(there are still limitations on this as for as molded in metallics--painting is still a quite expensive option). There are also new technologies in molding that have been driven entirely by the explosion of LCD/Plasma/LED tv's that allow manufacturers to make the products relatively defect free--something that never used to be available.
In short, there are lots of technologies that have been developed and the manufacturers have just kept up with what was new. Part of it is marketing for sure, but the technology has to be there to start with. Some of the trends are driven by advances in plastics/molding and in others what consumers want actually help establish new technologies.
flyerboy1990 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6848 times:
I like stainless steel, with black coming in at second choice for a less expensive kitchen remodel. I think that as more people trend toward modern (European), we will see more colors like red, blue, dark green, etc. I typically don't care for the modern look because I love the craftsmanship of wood.
*Side Note: I would find it very irritating to have the small appliances that are found everywhere else in the world.
ImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6779 times:
Quoting flyerboy1990 (Reply 22): I would find it very irritating to have the small appliances that are found everywhere else in the world
Yes, most of us here in the U.S. are spoiled with our full-size appliances.
The larger issue for us here in the U.S. is the influx of cheap quality in our appliances. The vast majority of the large appliances sold in the U.S. today will NEVER last as long as the ones they replace.
I am astounded at how many people put a perfectly good dishwasher or washer out on the curb just because they want a "new look" or something. What they will get for that "new look" is a plastic piece of trash. Price doesn't determine quality level either. There are some pretty crappy washers out there for $1500.00 and up.
The old Speed Queen company is the ONLY manufacturer of washing machines left in the U.S. that still uses mostly steel internal parts, has the best warranty in the business, and still manufactures the products in the U.S.
EVERYBODY else is cranking out junk.
The refrigerators are really crap.
So never mind what color the appliances are. Hold on to your old ones as long as you can still get parts. Take some Clorox Clean-Up to them and clean them good, then apply a coat or two of (automotive) Meguire's Cleaner-Wax inside and out----even the control consoles. You can make the old ones look like new. More importantly you will have a much better quality (and better performing) machine than you can buy new nowadays.
Oh, and never mind what Clark Howard says. He is paid to give advice he doesn't have to follow. He won't be there to bail you out when your expensive new appliance craps-out on you after the first year (the day after the lousy one-year warranty is over----of course) so buy those extended warranties or you will be S*%t out of luck when the thing dies on you all of a sudden!
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