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The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:37 pm

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?

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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:04 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:11 pm

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.
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:30 pm

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:33 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:57 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:01 pm

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.
 
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Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:26 pm

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.

 
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:45 pm

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:49 pm

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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Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:55 pm

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:07 pm

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.

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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:16 pm

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).....
 
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:30 pm

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:54 pm

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.
 
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Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:39 pm

Apologies for the double post above. ANd yes to the stainless steel "premium' - strange how it's almost always $200......
 
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:47 pm

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:07 am

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:23 am

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:25 am

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.
 
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:58 am

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.

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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:03 am

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:20 am

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:48 am

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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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:51 pm

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.



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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:04 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
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.

There were also pastel primary colors (pink, turquoise, and yellow) in the 1950s and rust orange and cocoa brown in the 1960s.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
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?

Since the general trend is toward more "natural" materials in the kitchen (wood cabinets, stone countertops, etc), I think appliance manufacturers will follow suit albeit with faux "natural" finishes.

Quoting Starbuk7 (Reply 1):
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.

Just remember that "stainless" does not mean, an in the real world is usually exactly the opposite of, "fingerprint-less".

Quoting travelin man (Reply 14):
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.

That is only because stainless appliances and granite countertops are the current flavors of the month and the people on "Househunters" show a disturbing lack of imagination. Both materials have some very strong practical drawbacks, such as stainless highlighting every single fingerprint and granite highlighting every single water spot.

Quoting IFlyTWA (Reply 21):
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.

Agreed 100%! Easy-care appliance finishes reached their zenith in the early 1980s with the textured almond-colored ones and they've been going in the opposite direction towards ever more high-maintenance finishes since then. I figure some chi-chi trendsetter will suddenly sober up and say "I'm sick of having to polish the fingerprints off every appliance in my house three times a week! I want something that hides fingerprints instead of highlighting them!" and then we''ll see a new and completely different flavor of the month and stainless steel appliances will become as hopelessly dated as their avocado green and harvest gold ancestors are now.
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:13 pm

If I were handling Industrial Design at an appliance manufacturer, I'd start exploring textures rather than just colors. Thus far, there have only ever been two - completely smooth and shiny metal or plastic, and the metal that has a very slight, shallow "spider-web" texture.

I'd start exploring things like very dark stained wood inlays, maybe with some lighter-colored vertical grain visible. The variety in bamboo flooring is staggering, and I'm sure some viable options exist with that material.

I'd even look into materials like rubber. I bet you could come up with a matte black rubberized surface (textured or smooth) that creates a nice look and feel.
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:32 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 26):
I'd start exploring things like very dark stained wood inlays, maybe with some lighter-colored vertical grain visible. The variety in bamboo flooring is staggering, and I'm sure some viable options exist with that material.

With diswashers, fridges and freezers you can already get this when you hide them behind panels.
 
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:36 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 27):
With diswashers, fridges and freezers you can already get this when you hide them behind panels.

Are you talking about hiding the appliance completely behind a door? Because I'm talking about something completely different - the design of the appliance itself.
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Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:53 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 28):
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 27):
With diswashers, fridges and freezers you can already get this when you hide them behind panels.

Are you talking about hiding the appliance completely behind a door? Because I'm talking about something completely different - the design of the appliance itself.

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 could also be replaced with custom-made panels that matched the cabinets. I thought this was a great idea when I first saw it, but I don't know how well it caught on or if it's still the norm.
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:14 am

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 thing with the panels is even if you remodel you kitchen you just change the panels and you are ready to go...

When we build our house 16 years ago all our appliances were withe, the fridge went first and the dishwasher right after, we replaced them with stainless, the dishwasher is stainless inside (tub), the wife just got a new micro for x-mas also in stainless... we just wanted a change after 16 years  and stainless is very neutral regardless what color you kitchen is..

Have no problem with: withe, black or stainless or some of these cool retro appliances...

Agree with the comments on these HGTV shows when they mention "high end" stainless... it is just the cover panel!!!  then they open up the dishwasher and .... it has a plastic tub  but hey is is "high end" like Miele, Bosch....

As for cleaning... we have 3 kids and two dogs... no more cleaning then before  despite being now stainless

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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:43 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 24):
Fisher and Paykel

I wasn't aware F&P made appliances, we use their humidifiers on our ICU ventilators.

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 23):
Hold on to your old ones as long as you can still get parts.

My parents have side by side fridge freezer units made by General Electric that they bought in December 1974 and they are still working, they have never left the kitchen since being installed. And, they are white.
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RE: The Next Color Trend Of Appliances (2010s)?

Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:55 pm

Quoting TSS (Reply 29):
I thought this was a great idea when I first saw it, but I don't know how well it caught on or if it's still the norm.

Probably 50/50 in Europe, the kitchen we are about to install has hidden appliances.

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