White appliances are back in style! Here’s how to choose white appliances, mix with stainless steel, and why white appliances are better than stainless steel.
Are white appliances coming back in style? I say YES!!
I’ve never quite understood why people on house-hunting shows go through a house, talk about how much they like it, then get to the kitchen, pause and say, “oh no, it doesn’t have stainless steel appliances.” I want to jump through the screen, shake them, and say, “YOU CAN ADD THEM!”
I know, I know, not everyone shares my affinity for DIY-ing all the things. Luckily for homes everywhere, however, white appliances are back in a big way and I LOVE it!
Want proof? I’ve got it!
Ideas and Trends For Your White Kitchen
There are so many reasons for you to love white appliances.
To me, stainless steel has not only always seemed a bit cold and commercial, but also ridiculously hard to clean.
White appliances don’t get fingerprints. They just wipe down! On top of all that, they are bright and crisp and clean looking.
I found some of my favorite photos of dreamy rooms with white appliances. Browse the following ideas and pick out your favorites!
White Cabinets with White Appliances
White cabinets with white appliances are the ultimate combo for a clean, seamless look. If you search for “all white kitchens” you’ll find a ton of stylish, modern spaces that are totally white but not at all boring.
In fact, this is a wonderful way to make your small kitchen look bigger. The light literally bounces around the entire room.
To sum it up: If you love the look of white cabinetry (obviously I’m a fan!) white appliances blend right in.
In the photo above, you can see how the wood counter tops stand out vividly against the white stove and white cabinets. I love how the floor even has white tiles too.
White cabinets with white appliances can also fit in totally well with a rustic set up like the one below.
White Appliances with Colorful Cabinets
White appliances are not just for all-white kitchens. If you are a fan of bold colored cabinets, these will work for you. They provide some nice contrast and a bit of calm background for your kitchen cabinets to be the star.
Just take a look at the examples below.
Navy Blue Cabinets and White Appliances
When you pair white counter tops with white appliances and navy blue cabinets, you have a breathtaking contrast that is a show-stopper!
Mint Cabinets and White Appliances
If you don’t really like the stark contrast of navy and white, you can go a little more subdued with mint and white. In the example below, you can see how it’s so fresh and light!
When I was involved in our kitchen makeover, I considered purchasing some. They fit our style and our color scheme and I liked how easy it is to them clean.
Of course, you have to take everyone’s personal opinions and styles in, but these looks are a classic that is getting a lot of attention these days!
Frequently Asked Questions About White Appliances
If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen or looking at a new house, here are answers to some of the most popular questions about this trend that is coming back.
What Are White Appliances?
This is the name for any major appliance that’s white. This includes:
- Washer and dryers
There are several variants of white, with the most popular modern version being a bright white with cool undertones rather than the warm-toned whites of decades past.
Are White Appliances Cheaper Than Stainless Steel?
Sometimes, they are cheaper, and sometimes they aren’t. It depends on the manufacturer and what features you are purchasing.
Modern white appliances have all the bells and whistles that their steel counterparts hold and cost exactly the same. If you are looking for a more affordable version, you can often find refrigerators that come in white that are cheaper than stainless steel, but they are extremely basic.
The most expensive appliance finish is black stainless steel, which is a dark gray steel that is fingerprint-resistant.
What Is White Ice?
White ice appliances are a popular new finish for those who want a classic look with a modern feel. White ice is glossy, bright, and smooth, for easy cleaning. The handles are stainless steel, making them the perfect combo of classic and trendy.
Think of it as stainless steel but brighter and lighter without any smudges.
Comparisons Between Stainless Steel and White Appliances
If you are trying to choose a finish for your refrigerator and dishwasher, there are several pros and cons you should consider. Here’s a list of pros and cons for each:
White appliances PRO:
- Provides a classic, neutral look
- Easy to wipe down quickly
- Works in an all-white kitchen
- Can be cheaper
White appliances CONS:
- Can appear dated if not done correctly
- Can be harder to find
- Will show stains and smudges easier
- Can be difficult to find a counter-depth version
Stainless steel PROS:
- More popular
- Works better for resale purposes
- Easier to find deals on if looking at clearance models, etc
Stainless steel CONS:
- Difficult to clean
- Does not always work in a more rustic home
- Appears cold and at times overly modern
- Trend may taper off
Mixing white and stainless steel appliances
If you already have some stainless steel ones but want a change, or if you have white appliances and want to figure out how to deal with them while you wait to upgrade your kitchen to stainless steel, here are a few suggestions.
First of all, don’t feel like you need to buy them all at once if you don’t have the budget. Contrary to what you may believe, most people will not notice if all your brands are matching in your kitchen, so you can take your time to replace each as needed.
However, if you have the budget to replace all at once, you may be able to score a discount if you purchase around the major sales for appliances like labor day, 4th of July and Black Friday.
This is one way you can mix things up – if you have colorless cabinets, try a white fridge with stainless ones.
This image is from Houzz.
In the meantime, try to work with what you can. It’s cheaper to change out the faucet or kitchen pulls to the color you want than it is to purchase all new appliances.
Remember, at the end of the day, it’s your kitchen and you decide what you love! 🙂
What do you guys think? Are you team white appliances or are you team stainless steel? Let me know in the comments!
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