Colorful Appliances in 2017

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Choose Stainless Steel Appliances or GO BOLD

Red Bertazzoni

We've been following and reporting on appliance colors for years. Here's one from 2015:

Appliance Colors Over a Lifetime

And now here's an update for 2017:

Modern major appliances trace back to the Post WWII era. In the 50's nearly all major appliances were white. Later pink and turquoise began to make their mark, and were popular throughout the 60s. In the 70's Harvest Gold, Avocado, and Coppertone were popular. They eventually morphed into Harvest Wheat, Fresh Avocado, and Coffee. Almond was added and became very popular through the 80's though appliance manufacturers tried to mix things up with 2 new colors that failed miserably – Silver and Sand.

Harvest-Gold

Harvest Gold Drop-In Range

Now, we're in the middle of a resurgence of color choices in appliances. BlueStar, a specialty cooking products manufacturer offers over 250 colors and finishes. Italian appliance manufacturer, Bertazzoni, also has a wide selection of appliance colors. Meanwhile, Viking Range Co. offers a smaller, manageable selection of colors.

To keep things in perspective, here are the results from a 2016 survey by Houzz:

“A whopping 75 percent of those surveyed were going with stainless for the new appliances in their updated kitchens. (White came in at 10 percent and black at 8 percent.)”

Most new appliance sales come from either new home sales or one off replacement sales. Buyers purchasing from production home builders are offered a very limited selection of popular colors. For individual appliance replacement sales, buyers will try to match the appliance color with their existing kitchen appliances.

We might be able to go with White, Black, or the popular Stainless Steel, including some smudge proof Stainless Steel options. GE offers a very interesting and competitively priced appliance finish, Slate. KitchenAid and now some other brands are offering a new appliance finish/color Black Stainless Steel. Mostly black in color, but with the grain and hue of stainless steel Black Stainless Steel is gaining steam. Samsung's Black Stainless Steel is somewhat shiney gray/black and others are more black with the stainless finish visible through the black..

The Big Three appliance manufacturers: Whirlpool, GE, and Frigidaire/Electrolux don't build appliances in Ferrari Red, or Pantone's color of the year for 2017 Greenery. But, if we only looked at the top 5-10% of appliance sales we'd likely find luxury brands that offer more variety in color selections.

BlueStar Range

BlueStar Range

Here are some colorful finshes on Houzz:

Colorful Finishes

Check out all the latest colors and finishes in person by making an appointment with one of the appliance consultants at Arizona Wholesale.


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Smart Appliances for 2017

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Have internet appliances finally arrived?

Smart Refrigerator from Samsung

In 2000 at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LG Electronics introduced the first internet-enabled refrigerator. The refrigerator had a color TV screen on the outside along with many hi-tech features, and a price tag around $20K. About the same time Electrolux launched the ScreenFridge. In 2006, Electrolux tried again with a more deluxe version, and in 2007 Whirlpool showed a new CentralPark Connection, a data hub and entertainment center that plugs into the refrigeration. While none of these were successful, appliance manufacturers have not given up, and the new improved versions show a lot of promise, and a much lower price. Here's one model from Samsung that appears to be gaining steam.

Samsung Refrigerator

Samsung Family Hub
RF28K9580SR/AA
28 cu. ft. 4-Door Flex™ Refrigerator with Family Hub™

1. Built-in cameras for food management, calendars, notes and photo sharing

2. Food Management
Wherever you are, see what’s in your Family Hub™ thanks to three built-in cameras accessible from your mobile device. Or stay home, find new recipes and shop online using your Family Hub's™ 21.5″ touchscreen.

Internet Enabled

3. Entertainment
Don’t miss a beat – stream music to the Family Hub’s™ built-in speakers or mirror your smart TV* on the stunning, 21.5″ touchscreen. And with apps like Pandora and Tune-in Radio, your kitchen truly becomes your command center.

4. Family Connection
Share your family’s calendars, photos and notes from your mobile device or directly on the Family Hub.

Learn more about this high-tech wonder, make an appointment with your designer or builder to visit one of our showrooms for a personal demonstration. The future is here today at Arizona Wholesale.

*Visit the Arizona Wholesale Houzz page and view our Project Section with a Samsung Kitchen.


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Arizona Wholesale Award

SAHBA 2016 Trade Partner of the Year

We're pleased to announce that Arizona Wholesale has been awarded 2016 Trade Partner of the Year by the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. It's a coveted honor and Arizona Wholesale commends Larry Gibbons the manager and leader of the Arizona Wholesale team in Tucson, as well as our other valued associates in Tucson.

We value our HBA memberships in Tucson (SAHBA) and Phoenix (HBACA). Clearly, the resources and time that Larry and the Tucson team have expended in support of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association have not gone unnoticed. Great job, Team!

Arizona Wholesale has over 70 years serving the home building industry throughout the state. We're proud of our heritage, and proud that we're a family-owned local business. Larry himself is a proud member of the founding family.

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Ideas for Common Household Items

Household items like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, coconut oil, baking soda and castor oil have a plethora of handy uses that you probably didn’t know. These tips and tricks will come in handy for anyone who runs a home.

Apple cider vinegar can be used to soothe a sun burn. It also repels flies and can be used in fly traps to capture fruit flies. Pour a capful into the washer and run the machine with laundry detergent. This will clean the unit as well as rid any unwanted smells from the machine.

Lemon juice will help you whiten whites when added to the laundry. It will also leave a fresh smell. It will also help clean windows and other glass within a home. A few drops in some hot tea will help soothe a sore throat, as well as provide a vitamin C boost, needed to fight off colds.

Coconut oil can be used to sauté food. It can be used as a greasing agent, the same way WD-40 can be used. Apply this item to squeaky hinges and bike chains. Use this product to polish wood furniture naturally. Coconut oil is an awesome skin moisturizer, especially in extreme cases of sun burn, wind burn and severe dry skin. It is even safe to use on sensitive skin.

Baking soda can be used for many things. It is an excellent cleaning agent. Use it to scrub away soap scum from tubs, showers and can even be used to clean toilets. This inexpensive item can be used to put out fires as well as neutralize odors. Keep an open box near trash and in the refrigerator.

Castor oil can be used to heal severely cracked heels. It also softens cuticles so they are easier to remove during a self-given manicure. Use this product to lubricate gardening sheers and kitchen scissors.
There are many more uses to each product in this read. Research each item individually online for more helpful uses for these products. Chances are they are already in your pantry!

Kitchen Trends for 2017

There are some major changes coming to kitchen design. These changes are new and refreshing. Likely they will remain longer than a simple trend. Find out what is new in kitchen design and how to implement them into your kitchen!

Horizontal wood grain is huge for cabinetry. This technique is revitalizing traditional wood cabinetry. Most commonly the cabinet faces are flat panels. There is no recessing or molding details on this style of cabinet. Turning the wood grain on the horizontal actually makes the kitchen seem wider. Hardware does not need to be ornate or fancy. The most popular style of hardware is simple metal, horizontal pulls. One of the best features of installing this kind of cabinetry is that it can be paired with other types of wood. For instance if the cabinet grain is very prominent, pair a wood flooring that has a smaller visible grain. Also run the other kind of wood grain in a different direction, preferably vertical. This will create interest with a clean look!

Mixing in two kinds of cabinets is a wonderful way to add dimension and interest. In the photo you will notice the horizontal wood grain cabinets are paired with clean white cabinets, and some of them have frosted glass insert. In this case, three different materials were mixed to create an interesting cabinet design. The key to pulling this off is to keep the cabinet design simple. Again there is no raised panels or ornate moldings on the cabinet doors. Each different cabinet material is in the same flat panel design.
2017 is all about contrast. Contrast is the key to keeping a design looking fresh and interesting.

Monochromatic schemes can be great if done perfectly; which is very hard to pull off. Details get lost in a monochromatic setting and everything just sort of blends together. Creating contrast is one of the best ways to add interest and dimension. Details are noticed and appreciated when contrast comes into play!

If you are making some changes to your kitchen this year, consider the above read. These are not simply trends but good design ideas that will remain!

Kitchen Backsplashes

When you enter into any well-designed kitchen you’re most likely drawn to the beautiful hardwood cabinetry. Or perhaps it’s the gleaming stainless-steel appliances and the countertops. The backsplash area often goes unnoticed. Yes, the backsplash area is the tiled or wall of silver that runs above the countertop and stove area.

A backsplash is a great way to quickly add style and personality to your kitchen. However, most homeowners who install a backsplash stick to the same monochrome material. Selecting the right type of backsplash can liven up your kitchen design.

Why Install A Backsplash

Installing a backsplash behind your countertop, stove and sink can serve as a protection. Between cooking and washing dishes your walls can easily become damaged from food, debris and water. A backsplash will prevent your walls from being damaged by these materials. In addition, they are easy to clean which saves you time.

Backsplash Designs

Kitchen backsplashes are available in an array of styles and designs. You can opt for a traditional or a modern design. Tile backsplashes come in a variety of colors and can be arranged by a professional designer to create a unique look. If you’re interested in creating a piece of artwork that will instantly attract your guests you can implement accent tiles or dark wood in your design scheme.

Help! I Spilled a Bottle of Olive Oil on My Granite Counter!

A lot of people mistakenly believe that because they are made of stone and are being used in the kitchen, that granite counters are impervious to most stains and spills. Unfortunately, many of the granites on the market are extremely porous and can absorb liquids right into them if they are allowed to sit on the stone long enough. If this occurs with water, it will eventually evaporate, leaving only a temporary darkening of the stone. If, however, oil was absorbed by the stone, the darkened area won’t lighten up again on its own. To remove the stain, you need to create a poultice to get it back out.

What Is a Poultice?

A poultice is any kind of substance that can absorb or remove a stain from inside the stone. You can purchase poultices from many stone fabricators or sellers, or you can make your own. Spread on top of the oil stain, a poultice will pull the oil from within the stone up to the surface, where it can be wiped away.
The key is to ensure that you use the type of poultice for the type of stain you have, and that you only use materials on your stone that won’t harm or etch the surface.

Homemade Oil Poultice

Try this quick and dirty homemade poultice for oil stains on your granite counter to help pull the oil out.

• 1 cup unbleached flour
• Dawn dishwashing liquid that does not contain any lemon

Slowly mix the dishwashing liquid into the flour until you get a paste the consistency of peanut butter. Spread the poultice over the oil stain and stretch a piece of plastic wrap over it. The Dawn will help cut and eliminate the oil while the flour helps to pull it up and out of the stone. Let it sit for one hour, then wash the area with a PH neutral stone cleanser.

Once you’ve removed the stain, seal your counter with an impregnating, silicone based sealer to help prevent new stains from forming.

What’s the Process of Getting a Granite Counter?

Granite countertops remain one of the more popular choices for kitchen counters, especially with the latest trends moving toward natural materials and colors in the kitchen. Regardless of what type of stone you end up choosing, or where you get it from, the process of choosing, templating, and installing the counter remains about the same.

Stone Selection

Your first stop in the granite countertop process is at the stone yard where you’ll view the actual slabs. Because granite is a natural stone, each slab will be slightly different in color and pattern, so you can choose the exact piece you want for your kitchen. The slab you choose will be tagged and set aside for you once your template is complete.

Templating

The templating portion of the process determines the final cost of your counter, and helps the fabricators make it to order. Thin strips of wood are laid along the edges or outline of your current counter or cabinets. The wood is glued together until it resembles the size and shape of your counter. The templater will also mark on the wood where the sink will be installed and any other particulars.

At this time, you should have the sink and faucet on hand so that the templates that come with these can be handed to the fabricator at the same time. Any special edging or treatment of the stone will be discussed now as well.

Fabrication

Once the template is made, fabrication can begin. This involves taking the slab you selected and cutting and polishing it to fit the shape of the wooden template that was made at your home. Your sink and faucet templates will also be used to cut the holes into the counter for these to be installed.

Installation

Your old counter will be removed and the new counter brought in. It will be attached to your cabinets with adhesives, and if the counter you’ve chosen is weak or thin, a plywood support may be installed beneath it.

At this time, your plumber will install your sink to the counter, clamping it in place for about 24 hours until the pipes and faucet can be hooked up. Your fabricator may also seal your counter for you, as well as fill any seams with a color matched epoxy to finish the job.

What’s the Latest Trend in Kitchen Appliance Style?

New trends in kitchen style are exploding just now with hot new natural looks and finishes showing up everywhere. Kitchen appliances are far from lagging behind in this department, and have a number of trends coming forward of their own. Among these is a shift in style from the ubiquitous stainless steel that has dominated the market for the last several years.

New Metal Finish

Metal finishes across the board in the kitchen are moving away from the cool touch of steel. Finishes are becoming warmer with bronze and copper making a significant comeback. Kitchen appliances are not immune to this trend, and copper appliances are becoming extremely popular. Keep in mind, however, that the biggest movement isn’t being seen among the manufacturers; it’s the bespoke pieces instead. Homeowners are having copper range hoods and appliance doors being made specifically for their kitchens, which are leading the way in this trend.

Bold New Colors

For those that can’t afford a custom copper dishwasher, the other big trend in style is a shift toward bold new colors. Manufacturers across the board are coming out with stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators in colors like turquoise, red, and navy blue. Unlike the Harvest Gold of the 70’s, however, these colors are timeless, and are made to blend in with some of the other kitchen color trends to create a statement in the space.

Invisible Appliances

Appliance panels are not new, but they’ve never been this popular before. While modern and transitional kitchens are using copper and bold colors in their appliances, formal and traditional kitchens are taking a different route. They’re using appliance panels to conceal and hide their appliances from sight.
Appliance panels are extensions of the cabinet doors you use in the rest of your kitchen. They fit over the appliance front, concealing it. So instead of a dishwasher, you simply see a larger cabinet door. Look for more cabinet makers to offer these panels, as well as for appliance manufacturers to offer models that can use the panels easily without blocking things like ice makers in the door.