Colorful Appliances in 2017

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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Design Tips – What Went Wrong

Here is a room with plenty of potential. There is a unique adobe style corner fireplace. As well as a pretty good size room with plenty of natural light. Architectural details are present with the double window and French doors. Given all of the positive attributes this room has going for it, the space appears tight and crowded. Read on to find out what went wrong here.

In this particular room the dining table is too large for the space. A 48 inch round dining table would seat the same amount of people and take up less space. A round table would also create a better traffic flow.

The China cabinet to the left of the fireplace should be centered on that wall. The baskets could still be on the floor, but on both sides of the cabinet. This would look like that piece was built for that spot. This solution would provide balance to this wall, which undoubtedly stands out as it is now.

Everything in this room is rectangular in shape. From the sofa, to the dining table, to the area rug and china cabinet. Even the architectural elements like the windows, doors and fireplace are all rectangular. Adding new windows with an arched transom would add some diversity here. The room would feel balanced and more complete if there were some circles or round edges sprinkled throughout. Adding an oval shaped coffee table would also break up the monotony of so many right angels in this room.

The overstuffed sofa is too large for the space. Since this room has dual purposes, designated for living and dining; a low profile or smaller scale sofa would be more fitting here.

The corner in the back of the room looks like an afterthought. This area could have to a little desk where you could store things and place a computer. As it is right now it simply looks like clutter.

The pendant light is more for an entryway. Instead it looks like there should be a dining table under the light. Changing this particular fixture out for a recessed fixture would help this area receive light at night; without having the fixture being noticeable.

Decorating with Warm Colors

Reds, yellows, oranges as well as various combinations of these colors are considered “warm” colors. Yes, the stronger a color is, its intensity increases creating a warming effect. Such a group of colors can influence a range of emotions such as feelings of happiness and excitement. How can you incorporate warm colors into your decorating scheme?

Warm colors can work well together because they are located near each other on the color wheel. When such colors are added to the decor of a room it adds spice or personality to otherwise bland space. Using a warm color in combination with a neutral color can create a balance within a room. While warm colors are stimulating, such colors should be used sparingly. You don’t have to implement such colors in every room in the house. Instead, you can opt to use a warm color as a accent against a neutral colored wall. Using warm color as a accessories can add spice to any room without going overboard with the color scheme.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using warm colors is that it can make a room appear cozier as the color advances. When using such colors, it can make a space more intimate and warmer. Colors such as red and orange can make a space appear smaller and more inviting. Warm colors are great for rooms that are sparsely furnished because it can make the room feel intimate even though it’s lacking.

Warm colors can be energizing therefore you should avoid using a bold warm color as a dominant color in specific rooms. In areas where you desire to avoid stimulation such as in the bedroom and dining area; you should opt not to use warm colors as an accent.

Are you ready to begin adding some warm hues to your home? Start by adding the warmth sparingly so you can determine what works for your home’s decor and what doesn’t. If you decide to use red tones offset, it with a black accent. Tan and off white make great accent colors for orange hues. When decorating with warm colors remember that less is more.

Making the Most out of Your Island

We all know that kitchen islands make a kitchen look complete, add more countertop space and are essentially needed in a big kitchen. However we can make our kitchen island more efficient and really make it work for you. All that’s required is a little extra planning in the design process.

In this photo the, island is the home for the cooktop as well as added storage for dishware. The storage is actually built into the unit to provide safe shelving for dishware. The look that is created from essentially having cut outs, is a pleasing architectural effect. The island has the appearance of a cantilevered structure and depth is added when the dishes are placed in the actual island. This is done by creating positive and negative space. The positive space is the white island itself. Negative space is the cut out shelves within the island.

Having a cooktop, sink or combination of both in the kitchen island frees up vast amounts of countertop space. Free space in other areas of the kitchen can be used for more prep space, organizing groceries or even placing food out as a serving station. Sure this requires a little extra work from an electrician or plumber but it is well worth it. It makes it easier to use your kitchen by being able to go back and forth, from your island and the rest of your kitchen equipment. It makes it easy to work when you have added countertop space to work on.

We mentioned earlier that an island is needed in a large kitchen. This is because large kitchens have a lot of open floor space. An island breaks this vast space up and makes it more useable. Also small kitchens can benefit from having an island. This is especially true if the sink or range is placed in the island.

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Tips for Selecting Appliances

Appliance Help for New Homebuyers

Arizona Wholesale Supply is Arizona's Leading Builder Distributor

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New homebuyers have to make a lot of choices when selecting all the finishes, and products that go into their dream home. Fortunately, production home builders preselect options and upgrades that are suitable for their homes. Even so, making appliance selections can be very challenging. Here are a few tips in choosing appliances:

  1. Narrow the field. If your builder has a list of models and packages that are available to you, part of your work is already done. Don't waste time looking at brands or models that aren't available for the home you are purchasing. Even If you are building a custom home, there will still be some constraints based on the size of your kitchen, location of gas, water, and electric lines, etc.

  2. Budget and plan accordingly. If it's been a number of years since you purchased major appliances, get prepared for some sticker shock. Today's appliances will save money on energy usage, and still are a very good buy when factoring inflation over the years. However, when you want a built-in refrigerator, combo ovens, and other premium appliances such as wine storage units, built-in warming drawers, steam ovens and coffee makers, you're going well into 5 figures ($XX,XXX.XX).

  3. Consider brands. At Arizona Wholesale Supply, we carry the popular priced major production brands GE, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire (Electrolux). We also are your supplier for upscale brands, such as GE Profile, Electrolux, KitchenAid, and Bosch, as well as a host of luxury brands such as Jenn-Air, Monogram, Viking, SubZero-Wolf, Thermador, Miele and many more. Most production home builders offer selections from only a single brand or two, and even semi-custom builders usually stick with a few preferred brands. For that matter, new home buyers tend to pick most or all their appliances from a single brand that they prefer. It not only narrows choices to products that the buyer is going to be comfortable with, appliance brands tend to have matching handles, knobs, etc.

  4. Work with a professional. Arizona Wholesale Supply consultants have many years experience with home builders, designers, and new home buyers. If your builder or design professional is one of the many that we supply, you can make an appointment at one of our locations to select your appliances.

Arizona Wholesale Supply is a family owned company, based right here in Arizona, and we've been at this for over 70 years.


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New Appliances from Jenn-Air

New Jenn-Air Induction Downdraft Cooktop

New Jenn-Air Cooktop Coming to Arizona Wholesale Supply

The industry's first downdraft induction cooktop will be shipping from Jenn-Air later this year. Equipped with powerful induction elements, and the legendary Jenn-Air center downdraft system, this innovative cooktop builds on Jenn-Air's cooking legacy.

A pioneer in induction cooking, Jenn-Air, had an induction cartridge for its modular downdraft cooktop back in the '80's, and later a hybrid four element glass cooktop with two induction elements and two radiant elements.

Jenn-Air's all new 36″ downdraft induction cooktop offers all the benefits of twenty-first century induction technology combined with the advantages of proximity downdraft ventilation. It's literally two appliances in one.

Jenn-Air-Cooktop

With no overhead vent hood, sight lines are open, smoke and odors are captured at the source, and island installation is straightfoward. For those, who don't have the option of venting an island cooktop through the floor, Jenn-Air offers a duct-free kit as an option. Duct-free downdraft can be a real life saver and open up more possibilities for kitchen design.

Jenn-Air's new induction downdraft cooktop has a powerful center vent rated at 350 CFM, perfect for a vent system that captures smoke and odor at the source before it escapes into the room.

The flexible induction cooking areas on each side are controlled by an electronic touchpad, and have built-in sensors that detect pans and will not operate absent a correctly sized pan. The cooktop can accommodate up to six pans as well as oblong pans, griddles, or Dutch ovens. When selected, a Performance Boost setting will provide a brief (up to 10 minutes) boost of power higher than the maximum setting.

For more information on this Jenn-Air cooktop or other appliances contact your designer or builder, and make an appointment with one of the consultants at Arizona Wholesale Supply today.


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Introducing Monogram Appliances

New Monogram Appliances on Display

Monogram Shown at Arizona Wholesale Supply, Scottsdale

Monogram-at-AWS

Key Arizona builders attended a private showing of Monogram Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply in the Scottsdale Design Center on Thursday evening, April 21st. One of the highlights was the Monogram Professional Range. GE Southwest Region Manager, Rick Bonnie was on hand to answer questions as well as GE District Manager, Yolanda Sutton.

Of course, some delicious hors d'ouvres were prepared to go with the liquid refreshments. THANKS, Monogram. Here are just a few of the superior features on the Monogram Professional Range.

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Monogram® 48″ All Gas Professional Range with 6 Burners and Griddle (Natural Gas)

Sealed, dual-flame stacked burners
Deliver a full spectrum of heat settings, from an ultra-low 140° F simmer to an intense 18,000 BTU

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Monogram professional dual-burner bake system
Combines reverse-air convection technology with an infrared broil and gas burner to provide superb baking results, with fast preheating

Reversible burner grates
Flat on one side and uniquely contoured on the other to accommodate round-bottom woks

Reversible-Grates

Heavy-duty oven racks
Glide smoothly in and out on stainless steel ball bearings for easy access, and are designed to remain in the oven during the self-clean cycle.

To find out more about Monogram at Arizona Wholesale Supply call your builder sales rep at one of the below branches in the Tucson or Phoenix area.


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How Long do Appliances Last?

When Should I Replace My Appliances?

It's complicated

Many years ago, I used to carry around a chart from AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) which itemized the expected life spans of various appliances: washing machines 15 years, ranges 20 years, etc. I've long ago disposed of this, but I did find this current version. Here is a look at today's appliance lifespans from Consumer Reports:

Dishwasher – 9 years
Dryer (electric and gas) – 13 years
Microwave oven – 9 years
Range electric – 13 years
Range gas – 15 years
Refrigerator – 13 years
Washing machine – 10 years

We all know that the life expectancy of appliances is not what it used to be, but let's not confuse quality with durability. Today's washing machines use less detergent, energy and water than their predecessors. They are more gentle on clothes, and get them cleaner than ever before, but have a life expectancy of only 10 years, compared to 15 years or longer from grandma's Maytag.

Today, manufacturers seem to be on a never ending quest to reduce costs, and as consumers we shop until we drop to get save every hard earned dollar we can on appliances. Moreover, we don't seem to care if our kids inherit the family refrigerator, and we are quick to get rid of a broken appliance to avoid paying a stiff repair bill.

I recently read that in upscale neighborhoods it is not uncommon for kitchens to be remodeled about every 10 years, and that includes new appliances. So, even though appliances don't last as long as they used to, we tend not to even keep them for as long as they last.

The truth is that we don't expect our appliances to last as long as they used to…but we do expect that they have the latest features and look great in our house. I once asked a customer if she had a brand preference for her new washer. She replied that it didn't make a difference as long as the washer was red.

So, don't feel guilty about replacing your 15 year old agitator style topload washing machine with a shiny new front loader. The old machine is at the end of it's life, and the new one could actually pay for itself in energy savings….plus, it's red!

To get more information on appliances, floor coverings, and more be sure to consult your design professional or builder, and make an appointment with the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Commercial Appliances in Your Home

Purchasing Restaurant or Commercial Appliances for Home Use

Appliances for Restaurants and Institution vs Residential Appliances

Some years ago, I was handling appliance sales to a large homebuilder who was building a big (16 home) model home complex for a huge planned community. They wanted one home to contain a kitchen complete with authentic commercial appliances. They'd done some research and had some brand choices such as a Traulsen commercial refrigerator and a Vulcan restaurant range. These brands are indeed products you might find in restaurants, and large institutions, but they are not built for a home kitchen.

I pushed back, but they insisted so I connected with a restaurant supply company, got the literature, specs, pricing, and then met with the homebuilder. When I presented the refrigerator, I asked if they wanted the compressor located inside or outside the house. I explained that the refrigerator manufacturer offered an external compressor and condenser package to reduce the noise and heat from the refrigerator.

Traulsen-Refrigerator

I informed them that they would need to run a larger than standard gas line to the home for the commercial range, that they'd need to provide some extra insulation in the wall behind, and pointed out that the 34″ deep range would stick out considerably into the kitchen from their 24″ deep cabinets. The parts only warranty that came with these products might not even apply since these appliances were not built for residential use. Needless to say, their plan for “true” commercial appliances was scuttled.

Vulcan Range

The end of the story is that today at Arizona Wholesale Supply you can choose from a variety of residential appliances with commercial or restaurant features, that will fit in your kitchen, come with complete warranties, and will satisfy all your needs for high performance and durability. Some of these brands such as Wolf, Viking, and BlueStar to name a few have authentic commercial heritages.

For help in your remodeling or new build project, work with your designer or builder, and make an appointment with the specialists at Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best advice and selections of appliances and more to outfit your home.


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Lighting Questions Answered

It can be hard to determine how high you should hang a lighting fixture. It can be tricky trying to determining what size fixture is needed for a space. Find out answers to commonly asked lighting questions.

Hanging a pendant light over the dining room table should have somewhere between 27 and 32 inches between the surface of the table in the bottom of the light. Allow at least 12 inches of clearance around the diameter of a hanging fixture over a dining table. This allows for headroom and minimizes the risk from someone bumping their head on the light as they get up from their seat. These rules are the same and should apply for lighting over kitchen islands as well.

A fixture hanging in the middle of the room should generally be 7 feet from the floor. The same rule can apply for lighting in the bedroom, however consider having headroom between the bottom of the light, positioned over a bed.  If you are kneeling on the bed, there should be at least 48 inches of space between your head and the bottom of the light fixture.

Fixtures in the bathroom are generally ceiling mount. Wall sconces are commonly found hanging on bathroom walls. Make sure the sconces are at least 5 feet from the floor. Wall sconces shouldn’t stick out far on the wall in any location subject to traffic. If the sconces are installed on the wall and the vanity is in front, then the amount a sconce sticks out from the wall is not that important. If the sconce is hung on the wall, where people walk by, it should not protrude out more than 6 inches.

Chandeliers in the foyer should hang at least 80 to 84 inches from the floor. If there is a window in that space, center the chandelier with it; but make sure there is plenty of headroom.

Remember that these are not rules set in stone but they do make a great starting point.  Make sure to experiment and find out what works best for you and your home.