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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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20 Responses

  1. Miki Babbitt says:

    I hope everyone jumps on the color "skins" bandwagon! Major appliances should last many years, but I know I like to shake up the colors I live in fairly often. Changing the exterior color to match my latest craving would be so much more satisfying than having to always work around the same old, same old.

  2. Pjh says:

    Color is truly individualistic. Not if
    selling is within the lifetime of the appliance, unless you take it with you.

  3. Becky says:

    I personally prefer black, not white or stainless. However, I might could go color if there's a way to remove it when I've grown sick of it.

  4. Cherry says:

    Anything is better than the stainless steel look, I mean good grief have you looked in appliance stores the last couple years. Blah I the stainless (unless it was for my garage).

  5. B Green says:

    People who love this new color trend must have never been transferred or built houses for a living. People who had the gold, green and bronze colored appliances in the 60's are still wondering what the heck they were thinking. It's a trend that looks good for a few minutes… but try to sell it to the next buyer or even plan your next party around an orange refrigerator…OMG. If it is a skin that could be changed that is a different story, but — there you go with another cost. I prefer decorating with color elsewhere.

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