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Reader request - white kitchen appliances

Reader request time. This one comes from Kelly: "I'm looking for inspiring kitchens that feature white appliances. We moved into a home in the suburbs of Chicago and stove in the house was a brand new white stove. When we replaced the refrigerator and dishwasher we also chose the more-economical-than-stainless white. Most inspirational kitchens feature stainless appliances but I would love to see what you come up with. I've only seen three good examples: One featuring the new Martha Stewart cabinets at Home Depot (the "Ox Hill" image in the gallery)...and this image from Canadian House & Home...and this image with white appliances and black cabinets." I was excited to find images of white appliances for Kelly because when I had started thinking about how I wanted to renovate my kitchen, I kept coming back to the idea of white cabinets, countertop and appliances and adding colour simply through a backsplash or accessories. I admit I was nervous at the thought of buying all white appliances because stainless is SO prominant these days. Anyway, here are many examples of kitchens with white appliances (including some all-white-kitchen ones) that hopefully will help Kelly figure out what to do.

Domino LoftLife Magazine
Martha Stewart Apartment Therapy
Domino Jeff Andrews
design*sponge Cottage Living
Décormag AT Casa
Apartment Therapy Eric Roth
Canadian House & Home Kitka
Canadian House & Home Studio BFG

Scott Sanders
Jacqueline Glass
Allt i Hemmet
Apartment Therapy
The Selby
The Selby

Reader Comments (18)

I love this post! Of course stainless has its place, but especially in an all-white kitchen, white appliances are the perfect choice when you want your appliances to blend in. The cost helps too--I'd rather get the most quality appliance I can afford than be on trend.

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVal

I think the Martha Stewart photo is great...i love the idea of painting the floor to bring some great color into the room!

And I am loving the Scott Sanders and the Alvhem photos as well, both are wonderful examples of decorating a kitchen with white appliances!

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I like this post, too, as I feel kind of like I copped out a bit on designy-ness when I chose white appliances. I considered the choice long and hard and decided on white instead of stainless steel or black because I was afraid with my two greyhounds, I'd have highly visible doggie nose smudges all over like the back windows of my station wagon with the stainless or black!

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

as an owner of a white kitchen (not my choice), I will say that they are beautiful BUT they are a PAIN to keep clean. After having one, I would never choose one. Every single little thing shows.

But they are beautiful. If that is what your heart desires, just make sure you keep some Softscrub with bleach for wine stains, etc. I find a paste of it left on overnight does the trick. Good luck!

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

I love our all-white appliances. I feel they are timeless & so kid-friendly!

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMilk and Honey Home

I love the Jeff Andrews one! Thank you so much for this post. I live in a townhouse and my kitchen is in the middle--no windows means no light, and white appliances help enormously. Also, the constant smudges on stainless would drive me mad.

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranother Kim

Thanks so much! I have the same issue, all white appliances that I inherited with the house, and they are in good condition. Plus...While I love the look of stainless, I don't love the fingerprints. Plus, my kitchen is small with little to no natural light, and I need it to be as light and bright and reflecitve as possible to keep from feeling like a cave. Thanks again for such a timely post.

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBev65

Some of the new higher-end white appliances are soooo slick looking, and put stainless to shame. Love this post! Let's bring white back!

Wow, I can't help but wonder why so many kitchens nowadays have stainless appliances? I love white stoves/sinks/fridges! And cabinetry! I also love non-renovated gutted kitchens which have character and are well made by once upon a time carpenters! I have an all-white kitchen which has been upgraded (only stove/fridge) for decades wouldn't trade it for anything - well maybe a smeg fridge? In perhaps cream? Perhaps even a white Viking stove? I like stainless just know it's not for me. And it's also not for every kitchen. My favorite photos are from "Domino." Never quite understood the flat screen t.v. above the stove though? Another fav two are Cottage Living and Canadian House and Home. I also like Martha Stewart.

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

The best white appliances I've ever since are those by Gorenje Simplicity series... Affordable and reeeely looking awesome both on pics and live... and what's morem important are easy to maintain...

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLukeSF

I have stainless steel appliances and would much prefer white or black ones...the stainless is hard to keep clean, shows every fingerprint and scratch, etc.
Awful too if you have a sixteen year old who loves to cook but hates to clean up...Embrace those white cabinets!

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita

I always think that looking back, we'll see stainless steel and granite and think, "That is so 2007!" That being said, I have white appliances of varying ages and manufacturers and they all look good together. Fresh and light and happy.
And it seems the manufacturers are doing a better job with white. White fridges used to have that weird texture on them.

30 Sep 2010 | Unregistered Commentermusebootsi

The Alvhem kitchen is yummy, I love that green splash back.

1 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlea

While stainless steel is still a popular option there is a huge trend to appliances that have the same face/finish as the cabinets - Love this! Combined with more art work in the kitchen, it just really makes for an inviting and fresh kitchen look.

White appliances + natural wood cabinetry + concrete counters with multi-color glass aggregate = pure perfection.

1 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commentervali.

Thanks so much for the post--such great inspiration!!

1 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I found it a little disappointing that SO many of the ones you show feature all-white cabinetry. That seems pretty predictable and obvious.

I wish you could show more examples of white appliances with colors of cabinets. Maybe they just don't exist? Or maybe you don't like how they look?

I liked the Canadian House and Home one w/ the yellow cabinets and the white countertop/appliances.
And the Jacqueline Glass one.

When I redid my kitchen, I chose dark-brown wood cabinets and a white counter. So many people insisted I should use stainless, but I just don't like it. And I loved the contrast between the dark wood and the clear, bright, calm white. It felt fresh.

So I decided that the appliances were an extension of the counter, and boldly chose white. I haven't regretted it. I think the white makes the dark brown really pop, and the white feels welcoming somehow.

1 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTalley Sue

Explain again why we install grey, smudgey monstrosities that throw off all our decorating schemes? Mind my words, someday we'll look back on the days of stainless steel, and cringe as if it was macrame and giant platters of unwashed vegetables.

2 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

Talley Sue, after going through my stash of photos, and my twin sister's stash (which totaled THOUSANDS of photos), the ones I featured in this post were the only I could find that clearly included white appliances. It just so happens that many were in white kitchens.

2 Oct 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

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