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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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38 Responses

  1. Rosewood11 says:

    I don't mind colored appliances. They were all the rage before. My Mom had an aqua oven/built-in range, and my Grandma's was pale pink. However, the room in the slide show carves whole new facets an the word STFUGLY!!! That hideous yellow wall would send me screaming in terror every time I saw it, and the hot pink refrigerator against it makes me nauseated. That was put together by a professional!?! I'm in the wrong business, people.

  2. katie says:

    I hate stainless steel. It is hard to keep clean and if I had known that I would have gotten black or white.

  3. Linda says:

    strong color in kitchen or anywhere should be used in less expensive items than on high cost, long lasting items!

  4. Carol says:

    I purchased the GE artistry Cupcake Blue refrigerator direct from GE about a year ago when they were promoting it, I LOVE it… I want the stove and other pieces they haven't done any other appliances but the frig so far. I'd take the whole line as I'm sure others would, just don't see it marketed. I think they are missing a new growing market. Don't worry about Mom's old avocado nothing like that here. I hate stainless, and want color…. Wish GE would get the idea moving… I see a new market here…

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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