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BRIANA: Colorful appliances were a top trend at this year’s Architectural Digest show and the look is really starting to get some traction. GE is even exploring the idea of colorful “skins” for appliances, a concept that would allow consumers to swap colors on their refrigerators and dishwashers, much like you’d swap out your cell phone case. What do you think of colorful appliances? Are they eye-catching expressions of individuality and fun jolts of color? Or are they gaudy and expensive eyesores?

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KAYLA: This might be my favorite DTT yet. I love colorful appliances so much. I don’t want a retro kitchen, but I love retro appliances like this. It’s almost like you either have to have a black refrigerator, a white refrigerator or a stainless steel refrigerator unless you do something built in to the cabinetry (which isn’t my style). A fridge is a necessity and it’s super clunky, so why not turn it into something eye-catching? GE is smart.

I pinned this [pink mini fridge] forever ago and I keep going back to it. So dreamy. It’s a tad small, but so sweet in this space. Also, I love this bright red fridge from my color pitch last year, and this kelly green espresso maker. I could go on…

LIZ: This is one trend that I am 100% behind. I love the whole retro kitchen look, so it’s not surprising that I’ve been lusting after a colorful stove for…basically forever. I would love to find a vintage 1950s stove like this one. Or this one. I also love new-but-retro SMEG appliances that Kayla mentioned, plus the Big Chill Line, which features retro-looking appliances with all the modern features and more space than real-life vintage models. (As seen on HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins).

The GE Artistry Series, though, is definitely much more affordable, and I love the idea that you can go with a plain white modern and switch out the color if you choose.

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GE Artistry Series

MEG ALLAN COLE: I’m INTO it. I’ve coveted the bubble gum pink Smeg fridge for years and would do wrong things for it. I just could not support this more.

KAYLA: Meow.

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White kitchen. Bright, vintage appliance.

TREVOR: KAYLA, you just ruined my day with that yellow oven. It is everything I have ever wanted. I saw this baby blue oven at Williams Sonoma like 5 years ago and have never forgotten about it.

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La Cornue CornuFé Stove

I feel like bright colors look much better on vintage style appliances as opposed to modern/sleek appliances like this. The color looks out of place. But, in line with everyone else, COLORED APPLIANCES ARE A “GO”!

GRANT: I absolutely love the idea of easily-applied “color skins” that allow me to change the look of my appliances at a whim. No one should have to be shackled to a specific color for the next 20+ years!

LIZ: True, Grant. I believe I will always love turquoise, but that’s probably what people who bought avocado-colored appliances thought, too. (For the record, though, I kind of like those, too!)

DAVID HAYNES: Avocado and gold. It’s on its way back! (Followed closely thereafter by mauve and gray.)

MEG ALLAN COLE: The temporary aspect is really an incredible addition. I LOVE the bubble gum pink and mint green options, but what if I move and that no longer works? I could just change it up! Perfection. They are like temporary tattoos for kitchen appliances….SWOON.

KELLEY: La Cornue. YES. In my next life, when I’m a contessa, I’m getting this:

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La Cornue Château 150

Put me on the list for that pink SMEG fridge, too. I’ve wanted it forever. This House Beautiful kitchen is one of my all-time faves.

MEG ALLAN COLE: Let’s also have a moment for that scalloped counter top, shall we?!

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33 Responses

  1. Maggie says:

    Thank you GE for making skins, such a great idea, I love the colors on stoves, such a statement, but difficult to convince clients because if they end of sick of the color, there goes all that money!!

  2. Lori says:

    I wrote to all the major appliance manufacturers about 2 years ago, asking them if they would make appliances in colors again. I want pink, but other colors too. I don't want them to be temporary. I already put a vinyl material from Appliance Art, who makes covers for your dishwasher or refrigerator. It is like Contact paper for appliances. But they have a magnetic cover for my dishwasher. You can choose your own colors or you can go with their already made pictures. I want the refrigerators and dishwashers to be PERMANENT colors, like they had in the '50's-80's. I am sick of black, white or steel being my only choices.

    • Kinetic68 says:

      My friends had great luck with using DuPont Imron auto (as in car) finishes to get just the color they wanted. With a good clear coat they are very durable.

  3. Ashlin M. says:

    I mostly really dislike the colored appliance trend, but the blue industrial ovens aren't bad. I do like the idea of being able to change the color when I choose to.

  4. Kinetic68 says:

    With, perhaps the exception of the royal blue La Cornue Château 150, I see this as one of those trends that will scream "remodeled in the late 2010s". Unless you are using color as part of a retro design, I just don't see it for the long run.

  5. Vicki says:

    In the 60's we had Hotpoint pink Frig and Double Oven! Who knew my mom was ahead of the times!

  6. claireprideaux says:

    Aside from the issues of selling the home and growing tired of a color, I think you'd want to be careful not to have a color that would aggravate a headache. Both the bright, intense pink and yellow would be painful to look at for me. Other than that, I'd have to know I really love a color. I have a life time commitment to sea glass green (mint, jade) and so I know it's not a color I would grow tired of, but other colors come and go.

  7. Karen says:

    I painted my fridge a gorgeous orange. My husband thought I was crazy but as soon as it went back in the kitchen from the painting porch he LOVES it. If we have to replace it, we'll definitely paint our next fridge something bright.

  8. Robyn says:

    No…for those of you old enough, just remember your mom's "avocado"green appliances. ..need I say more?

  9. just cant find it says:

    we are trying to find something other than white black or stainless has anybody ideas of manufacturers that make them in these colors or you can buy them right off the showroom floor. I would appreciate any help

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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