Colorful Appliances in 2017

Choose Stainless Steel Appliances or GO BOLD

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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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Bertazzoni Appliances at KBIS 2015

Up and Coming Italian Brand Wows at KBIS

New Products, New Features, Bright Colors

After more than a couple decades of attending appliance trade shows, I'm used to yawning my way through exhibits, hoping in vain to see something exciting, noteworthy, and different. However, this year's Design and Construction Week (KBIS/IBS) was a bit different. Several appliance manufacturers are out to make a statement.

Their statement is:

WE'RE SPECIAL! LOOK AT US!!

Bertazzoni was at KBIS 2015 in a big way. Their bold *colors make them hard to miss. The professional range lineup is available in 7 different colors including the Ferrari red below:

Don't want to jump out on a limb with a bold range color? If, like most appliance customers you're wedded to stainless steel, not to worry. The striking colors are options, and Bertazzoni offers a full selection of stainless steel ranges, cooktops, ovens, and more. Here are just a couple of the stand outs from Bertazzoni at KBIS 2015.

Warming drawer

How can a warming drawer be special? How about a warming drawer that closes like other high end kitchen cabinet drawers, with soft touch technology? Bertazzoni has it.

Induction ranges and cooktops

Bertazzoni just announced that they are launching their new induction range and cooktop line in the U.S. market. The selection features a Professional Series 30″ Induction Range (available in stainless steel as well as six colors), a Master Series 30″ Induction Range and two touch control Induction cooktops. Bertazzoni touts this as the largest selection of induction cooking appliances in North America.

Bertazzoni Cooktop

Of course, Bertazzoni showed their full line of cooktops including the award-winning (Best of Show KBIS 2012) segmented gas/griddle/induction cooktop. This innovative 36″ cooktop combines the power of gas heat, with an even-cooking electric griddle, and induction electric smoothtop cooking.

On hand to greet visitors and help answer questions about their products were members of the Bertazzoni family. The Bertazzoni brand is a six generation family-owned enterprise, based in Northern Italy.

To see an engaging musical video about the Bertazzoni brand click on the link below:

Bertazzoni Video

Bertazzoni Video

*Bertazzoni colours are applied in a fully durable, double layer coating on stainless steel using the latest processes developed for the automobile industry. The finish is acid and temperature resistant to give you a long-lasting lustre, and bring a new dimension to the design and style to your kitchen.

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Arizona Wholesale’s Winning Blogs

2013 Blogs In Review

Arizona Wholesale Supply Blogs You Liked.

With over one hundred blogs posted in 2013, the results are in, and these are the ones you liked the most. Far and away the most popular Arizona Wholesale Supply blog by number of visits in 2013 was a blog actually posted in June of 2012 regarding available appliance colors and finishes:

click on link: Today's Appliance Colors and Finishes

refrigerator colors

This blog leads the all time list of Arizona Wholesale Supply blogs by a wide margin. For posts made in 2013, the most visited blog was:

click on link: Oven Heat Issues

Oven Next to Refrigerator

This blog reviews problems that may occur if you locate an oven adjacent to a refrigerator or if you have cabinets with a thermofoil laminate.

The Oven Heat Issues blog was followed in popularity by:

click on link: 4 great choices for built-in coffee makers

Miele Coffee Maker

Miele Coffee Maker

This blog reviews the Miele, Thermador, Jenn-Air, and Brew Express coffee makers.

So, give us your input by replying in the comments section. What blog content would you most like to see from Arizona Wholesale Supply in 2014?

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New Trend in Appliance Colors and Finishes

White appliances positioned to make a comeback

From Whirlpool's White Ice to the Brilliant White Plus of Miele

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Stainless Steel has ruled the roost in appliance finishes for decades. Efforts to dethrone stainless have been left in the dust (Oiled bronze anyone?) Now, however, there's a new competitor – WHITE. Yes, old fashioned white appliances appear to be making a comeback. And two of the appliance brands making the move couldn't be more diverse – Whirlpool and Miele.

Whirlpool is a mass brand, appealing to the great middle market and often a standard for tract home builders. Miele is a luxury German brand for discerning buyers with pricing near the very top of the appliance scale.

Whirlpool Ice Collection

Whirlpool White Ice

Whirlpool White Ice

Whirlpool's shiny new white appliances have stainless knobs and handles and are dubbed White Ice Collection. The Whirlpool brand describes these appliances as “classic colors refined with metallic finishes for a new level of sophistication”. Just in case White Ice does not fit the bill, Whirlpool is also offering a Black Ice Collection.

Whirlpool White Ice Video

 

Miele Brilliant White Plus Appliances

European kitchen design is noted for a minimalist style, with sleek, frameless cabinets, and flush-fitting appliances. Miele has been a leader in building appliances that fit seamlessly into modern European cabinets.

Now Miele's new line of white appliances, named Brilliant White Plus, fit beautifully in shiny white European kitchen cabinets. While the look is minimalist, the appliances are packed with high end features designed to appeal to the most discerning of the luxury appliance segment. Miele says, “Architects and designers have long revered the color white for its ability to harmonize and balance space.”

Will these new finishes make the grade? Will other brands chime in and reinvent white? Is stainless headed for the trash heap? “Ten years from now I think we're going to look back at stainless steel and say 'wow,' that's really a 1990s or 2000s kitchen,” says Greg Harth, a design-build contractor based in Spring House, PA. What's your take on the future of appliance colors and finishes?

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Going Bold with Color

7591100_SSometimes in decorating, as in life, you have to break the rules. Most designers and retailers will tell you to buy your big investment pieces of furniture in neutral colors that will withstand the test of time. Neutrals like white, cream, tans, beiges, greys and browns are the typical colors for sofas, love-seats and chairs. But what if you aren’t a neutral kind of person? What if you don’t always follow the rules?

Going bold with color on your furniture is something that can bring your personality into your home décor.  If you wear a lot of color in your clothes and accessories, living in a home decorated in neutrals just won’t seem like you.  A red sofa might better suit your taste and personality than a neutral grey sofa.

Bold color can be painted on the walls or a single accent wall. Or you can go bold on the floor with patterned area rugs, carpet tiles or paint.  There is no limit to where you can put color. Even color on the ceiling can work. Just like furniture, walls and floors do not have to be neutral.  Accessories like lampshades, pillows, throws and objects are more ways to bring color into the room.

Of course if you do go bold with color, you’ll want to create balance so your space isn’t too overwhelming. White is a great way to balance bold color. And if you get tired of tired of the colorful furniture, you can always cover it with a white slipcover.

The Return of Colorful Appliances

Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 10.33.53 AMSome of you may remember when appliances had names like Harvest Gold and Avocado. The colorful appliances of the mid-century ranged from aqua of the 1950s to the harvest gold of the 1970s.  For many decades appliances often came in white, off-white, and black. Then the stainless steel craze arrived.  Now we’re seeing a return to color on appliances ranging from washers, to stoves, to dryers, and to refrigerators.

Adding a colorful red washer and dryer suite to your laundry room can change the functional room into a stylish space. Coordinating the flooring tile or area rug with the appliance color will create a cohesive design you might find in elsewhere in the house but is unexpected in the laundry room.

Kitchen appliances like mixers and blenders, and even coffee makers have been available in colors for a few years now. A brand of stand mixers is known for their quality and rainbow of colorful hues. Larger appliances are beginning to follow this trend in Europe and now this trend is coming to the States.

A suite of kitchen appliances in bright colors can be intense. A single appliance in a bright shade would be a great accent and conversation starter. A range or wall oven in a bright orange or red would look great in a contemporary kitchen featuring other stainless steel elements and appliances. A deep navy stove in a traditional kitchen would add color but not be too garish.  There are so many colorful options should you choose to be bold with colorful appliances.

Take a look at our refrigerator options here.

Coordinating Colors

Good design has a synergy between colors in the room. The wall, floor, furnishings and accents all work in harmony to create a beautiful color palette for the room. For professional designers and decorators, designing the color palette is a key part in the overall finished room’s successful design.

Learning to coordinate colors between different design elements can help you create a room that has a professional polished look.  Coordinating colors doesn’t mean using the same color on every surface and object. This picture illustrates how you can coordinate colors between two surfaces by using paint chips to find the perfect match.

Picking up a color from one piece and bringing onto another surface can unite the two pieces.  The paint chips pick up a highlight color in the fabrics.  The same process can be used for the flooring and wallpaper in the room.

Using a single jumping off point unifies the overall design in the room.  In this case the upholstery is the starting point. Paint color is next. Once the paint color is chosen the paint chip can be used to select carpeting or an area rug. Upholstery can pick up another color from the wallpaper.

Wallpaper, pillows or other fabrics are great places to begin when coordinating colors for a room. Once you have the main colors coordinated you can introduce contrasting colors that appear on the opposite side of the color wheel from the main colors in the room. Use these in objects and small pops around the room.

Home Decor – White Kitchens

White kitchens look so clean and crisp. In any style white cabinets look fresh in a kitchen. You can pair them with light counter tops for a very airy space or ground them with darker counter tops and floors.  White cabinets can be paired with a number of counter top materials and flooring for innumerable design options in the kitchen. Think of white kitchens as blank pages waiting for your personal touches.

 

The brightness of white cabinets can be balanced with a darker counter top as seen in this transitional kitchen. The darker stone counter tops stand out against the expanse of white cabinetry, drawing the eye to the island.  Stainless steel appliances work with the darker counter tops to ground the predominately white kitchen.

 

The neutral nature of white cabinets mean you can bring in your own personality in accessories, counter stools, and accents. While the cabinets and island in this kitchen lean more toward transitional style, the stools at the island are contemporary. Adding another personal touch is the collection of chickens that perch atop the cabinets.  Both of these personal design features could easily be switched out and the room would feel very different.

 

Adding a few pops of color can also keep a white kitchen from feeling too sterile. In this kitchen, the chickens add color and pattern. A bowl of citrus or fresh flowers in a vase could also be used to bring in color. Even a colorful striped runner between the island and cabinets would add pattern and interest.

Major Appliance Colors Through the Ages

Modern appliance history traces back to the early part of the 19th century. Early washing machines were made of wood, and the early stoves were cast iron. By the time this GE Monitor Top refrigerator became popular, White was the color choice for appliances.

When I was dating the girl who became my wife, her folks lived in a 60’s built John F. Long home in Maryvale that had Pink appliances. At the time the home was built, popular colors were Yellow, Pink, and Turquoise.

In the 70’s colors such as Harvest Gold, Avocado, and Coppertone became popular. They were a 2 tone color with darker shading around the edges. They eventually gave way to the solid colors of Harvest Wheat, Fresh Avocado, and Coffee. Then along came Almond which was a soft beige color that became very popular. It was eventually replaced with a different shade called by the name Bisque or Biscuit.

Sometime in the Bisque era GE and Whirlpool introduced new colors of Sand and Silver. However, each company had slightly different colors so that they didn’t match. Of course, because of the lack of standardization, neither was successful with their new color additions.

People often wonder when Stainless Steel was introduced as an appliance finish. While Stainless Steel started to gain traction in the late 90’s when Pro-Style ranges became de rigueur, Stainless Steel finishes have been around for much longer. See the photo below of the original Jenn-Air downdraft cooktop introduced in the early 60’s.

Jenn-Air also pioneered monochromatic appliances by introducing White-on-White appliances to take the place of appliances with chrome trim. Not so popular was Jenn-Air’s tentative launch in the mid-90’s of a gallery of appliances called Blue Creek that had hues of Red, Gold, Blue, and Green.

 

A future blog will cover some of today’s appliance colors and current trends.

Going Casual: Easy Care Carpets

Choosing a carpet for a casual room means choosing something that is stylish and can stand up to heavy foot traffic. Rooms like family rooms, game rooms, playrooms and finished basements are places to hang out and spend time with friends and family.  You’ll want to find a carpet that looks great but is durable too.

Carpet materials like wool or blends can resist stains and work well in casual rooms. Natural jute or choir rugs add texture while keeping things casual.  A fine textured rug like saxony that shows foot traffic and vacuum marks probably isn’t the best choice for a casual room. Berbers, shags and low pile rugs would be better choices.  Don’t forget the pad when adding carpet to a family room or playroom. If you’ll be playing or sitting on the floor you’ll want the extra cushion from a quality, thick pad.

Floor tiles are a popular option as they can be combined to create custom color palettes and patterns.  A nice feature is if one gets a stain, you can simply remove it and replace it without having to replace the entire carpet.

Colorful and patterned area rugs and carpets are great choices for bringing interest to a casual room.  Add a complementary color from the wall or furniture colors for a strong contrast; pick a similar shade to wall color for a more unified look. Think about patterns, swirls, geometric and stripes, whether in texture or colors to add another design element to the room.

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