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The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?  
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6531 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 7012 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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User currently offlineStarbuk7 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 599 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6973 times:

When I eventually get the money together to remodel my kitchen I am still going to go with Stainless no matter what the new trend might happen to be.

I think the stainless goes with almost any color scheme that you paint on the walls and make your cabinets out of.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19687 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6968 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.


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
And now metallic is all the rage again.

Well, DirecTV has gone back to black for their latest recievers and DVRs, including the HD models.



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User currently offlinembmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6951 times:

White. But it won't be an enamel white. It will be like many of the pearlescent like the bright whites and off whites you see on high end cars.

User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6931 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.

User currently offlinehka098 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6926 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.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7361 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6913 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.



User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6896 times:

White, black and stainless steel seem like they'll be around for a long time. They complement most decors and are easy to clean.

Quoting mbmbos (Reply 4):
White. But it won't be an enamel white. It will be like many of the pearlescent like the bright whites and off whites you see on high end cars.

A pearlescent white would be cool, especially with natural stone or glass/recycled glass tiles/counters.



What I am waiting for is a translucent refrigerator. That way I don't have to waste money to open the door to see what I have to eat.



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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6888 times:

Must be an American thing... every dish washer, fridge, washing machine I ever owned (or that my parents had) was white, between the 1970s and now, on three continents.


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User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6882 times:
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Silver look or even mirror finish (on fridges) is available here but the majority has been forever and still is white.


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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3036 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6865 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 8):
What I am waiting for is a translucent refrigerator. That way I don't have to waste money to open the door to see what I have to eat.


That would scare most visitors at Okie's house, I generally get some pretty good science projects going on in there.

Quoting Starbuk7 (Reply 1):
I am still going to go with Stainless


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.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 8):
A pearlescent white would be cool


That sounds good.

Okie


User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 6770 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 7):
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.

You're jsut saying that from a base nationalistic perspective, being a Kiwi design!   Joking - they're a great design, and we've had them in both our old and new houses!

In stainless steel, of course (well, Irridium currently).....


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6292 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 6754 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Avocado Green and Harvest Gold.

I had almost been able to forget those.

Quoting mbmbos (Reply 4):
It will be like many of the pearlescen

That is a nice color, for a car but I think Stainless is pretty much here to stay for kitchens.



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User currently onlinetravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3503 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6734 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.


User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

Apologies for the double post above. ANd yes to the stainless steel "premium' - strange how it's almost always $200......

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6697 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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User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26484 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6664 times:

Quoting hka098 (Reply 6):

What is really neat are the fridges, who's front matches the cabinet facing for the kitchen.

Those seemed more common like 5-6 years ago.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 7):
dishdrawers

Love those things.



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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6648 times:
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The 1950's appliances could be found in pastels such as Turquoise, Sunny Yellow, soft Green, and Pink. There were even dark Charcoals.

Some of the koolist 1970's colors were a tan Doeskin color and a medium Blue.

I would like to see some of the pastels return and I think we will see that. Actually, someday soon it will be commonplace to select all kinds of colors.

IMO Stainless-Steel has all the warmth of the Medical Examiners Office AND just like Black, it shows every fingerprint, water spots, etc. No thank you!



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User currently offlinescrubbsywg From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6646 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
And now metallic is all the rage again.

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.


User currently onlinetravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3503 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 6626 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 19):
IMO Stainless-Steel has all the warmth of the Medical Examiners Office AND just like Black, it shows every fingerprint, water spots, etc. No thank you!

True, but stainless also represents what you want in a kitchen -- Cleanliness. Plus it goes with any color you'd want to paint the walls, backsplash, etc.

A very big advantage.


User currently offlineIFlyTWA From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 6624 times:

Hopefully the stainless steel look is dropped soon. I am not a fan of the fingerprints and the industrial look. A selection of various colors would be nice to see in the future.


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User currently offlineflyerboy1990 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 6614 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.



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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6545 times:
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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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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7361 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6523 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
Love those things.

I think the developers Fisher and Paykel are doing rather well with them, I've found Westinghouse branded dishdrawers in Norway which I will order.

If you want coloured appliances SMEG has got em.



Rather retro trendy, very expensive and a bit of a kitchen focal point. I must admit I prefer a fridge you can't see.


25 TSS : There were also pastel primary colors (pink, turquoise, and yellow) in the 1950s and rust orange and cocoa brown in the 1960s. Since the general tren
26 2H4 : If I were handling Industrial Design at an appliance manufacturer, I'd start exploring textures rather than just colors. Thus far, there have only eve
27 KiwiRob : With diswashers, fridges and freezers you can already get this when you hide them behind panels.
28 2H4 : Are you talking about hiding the appliance completely behind a door? Because I'm talking about something completely different - the design of the app
29 TSS : Some of the high-end appliances came with detachable/reversible front panels that were usually stainless on one side and black on the other which cou
30 Post contains images swissy : since I can remember our fridges were white, back in the CH, have seen were they used panels so they would match the rest of the cabinets, the nice th
31 andz : I wasn't aware F&P made appliances, we use their humidifiers on our ICU ventilators. My parents have side by side fridge freezer units made by Ge
32 KiwiRob : Probably 50/50 in Europe, the kitchen we are about to install has hidden appliances.
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