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How to Choose the Colour of your Kitchen Appliances

By 08/04/2011January 16th, 202016 Comments
I get this question a lot along with “Should they all Match?”.  There are many ways to do it but only a few that look good.  There’s white, black, stainless and of course the high end look of paneled appliances.  I’m not even going to mention actual colour options (like bronze) because I think they will date as fast as the avocado green ones did from the 70’s.


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  • pve design says:

    I will have all stainless in my new kitchen. I wanted a colored stove but chickened out….for fear of the "dating myself" end result in a few years. What a pretty kitchen. You always have the best images.


    I have stainless in our apartment . . . but my personal favorite is still white.

    Now I need to go read my newsletter to see if you will still be my friend, if I chose white. 🙂


    • JoAnne says:

      I still like white, too! Went through various colors and loved each while I had it. Now I ‘m back to white! Stainless sometimes seems too dark to me. Very useful and hygienic for sinks, though!

  • Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) says:

    I just realized that I never receive your newsletter, although I registered for it ages ago!

  • Luciane at says:

    I love stainless, but I hated to clean it! But I discovered a very easy and cheap way now! You just need to put 2 little drops of BABY OIL ( I know!!!!) on a cloth and clean it. It lasts longer and helps to not leave marks.

    Easy, cheap & fast. Pretty good huh?

    Have a great day, sweetie.


    Luciane at

    PS: If you have a minute, please drop by to enter my new GIVEAWAY that starts today.

  • Kellie Collis says:

    I love stainless since it is so much neutral you can change the colors of your kitchen cabinets without worrying if the colors would match. It looks modern too! Have a fabulous weekend, Kellie xx

  • Anonymous says:

    Am I the only person who is sick of stainless steel kitchen appliances?

    I guess it's better than avocado green, but I wonder what the next "trend" will be since stainless has been around for so long.

    • Jennifer says:

      Slate is coming out this year by GE…I love it! It’s the next big thing for 2013

    • JoAnne says:

      I agree! It’s now the end of 2018 and my realtor still suggested I switch a white appliance to stainless if I replace it. I guess people are so behind that they don’t know it’s been around for like 20 years now! Although black is being shown again – but I wouldn’t go back there!

  • Ahuva says:

    Hi Maria,

    I read your blog every day, and love it. I find it really eye-opening.
    But I don't like your newletter. I find the articles you write there quite trivial.
    I usually see the twitter and your blog link about the new newsletter a day or two before I receive the newsletter in my mail box, and I look forward to the newletter, only to be let down time and time again. I don't see the point in the newletter, when your regular blog entries are so much better.

  • Maria Killam says:

    HI Ahuva,
    Thanks for your comment. Yes my newsletter is far from being an on-line magazine and honestly it's hard for me to come up with an article 'so special' that everyone wants to read it and sometimes I fail.

    And I have 4 times as many newsletter subscribers than blog subscribers so people that don't read my blog as well love it because they get the 5-6 additional articles they would not otherwise see.

    When I have help (because right now it's just me) then it'll be more exciting.

  • Ellen says:

    I always ask clients if they wish a light neutral (white), medium neutral (stainless) or dark neutral (black). Sometimes a kitchen full of low contrast materials needs the drama of a black appliance to give it some umph! If they like fresh, airy, light colours with a spring like feel, then they might prefer white appliances. If its a busy space, a tone that blends rather than contrasts can be more soothing. I feel it always depends on what will best compliment the surrounding elements to give the best finished look. Most of all I am not an appliance “snob”. If a client has a working set of products, I try to work with the choice. That way, they can extend their budget further for other items. We always do a little research on other models, so when the have to upgrade in future, there are some spaces that will fit a variety of models.

  • Kathy says:

    I don’t understand how to follow your website. For instance, you have a title “How to Choose the Colour of your Kitchen appliances.” When I click on this all I get is a short paragraph and everyone’s comments. Where is the article? Thank you!

    • Maria Killam says:

      Kathy, if you google that headline with ‘maria killam’ it should come up as a PDF to read. I don’t have a monthly newsletter anymore but when I did that article was in the archives, if you can’t find it, send my office an email and ask for them. [email protected]

  • Cheryl B. Van Esch says:

    There is nothing in this article??

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