How to Coordinate White Appliances with Cabinets and Countertops
Undoubtedly, stainless steel is the most popular finish for kitchen appliances with black coming in 2nd place and white, well, white squeaks in right before almond and avocado – YES I SAID IT, I DID!
And while white might not be the top contender in the appliance world, personally, I like white appliances and the low contrast, fresh appeal they offer to kitchens. However the problem is that white appliances can be more challenging to decorate with as the options are limited with regard to finding the ideal cabinet and countertop colours.
So, what do you do when you have white appliances and want something beyond ordinary? You read about these great ideas (I am a bossy lil’ ginger you know…)
Now first off let me start by saying that it was DAMN hard to find good photos of kitchens with white appliances (as there are a lot of ugly ones and only a few good ones). And while I don’t want to sway you entirely away from white appliances as they can look fantastic, if you are looking to purchase new appliances you will find it ‘easier’ to decorate with stainless steel, will have better resale value (generally speaking) and will have more flexibility in the longterm.
On the otherhand if you have white appliances and simply want to ROCK them, then this article is for you!
- To make white appliances look like ‘part of the plan’ – rather than something that you can’t afford to replace right now and therefor must live with which then forces you to drink bottle upon bottle of wine – oh wait, maybe that’s just me and do I really need an excuse?
- To make white appliances NOT the feature of the space – one way or another, we want the focus on your beautiful cabinets, countertop, backsplash or paint colour.
Option 1 White Cabinets with White Appliances
A white-on-white palette is low contrast which means that your appliances will blend in, rather than stick out. And while a white-on-white palette is easy on the eyes, it can also look stark and unfriendly, so you’ll want to keep these tips in mind…
Tip #1 Select Dark Countertops
Your countertops will help to ground the space and give your eyes something firm to land on. It will also break up the monotony of the whites and give them something to contrast with. If you have a lot of black on your appliances (which a lot of the older styles do) the black countertops will help to tie these details in so that they aren’t as overwhelming.
This kitchen actually makes me COVET white appliances. I love the drama of the countertop with the simplicity of the white-on-white palette.
Tip #2 Select Dark or Striking Hardware / Lighting
If you are hell-bent on white-on-white-on-white…on white, then you might want to consider hardware with a darker finish. While this will ‘pop’ as it is high contrast, it will add a level of interest that will be much needed!
Via Hooked on Houses
The darker hardware (you could also do a chunky nickel or chrome) adds some visual weight to the space. The wood floors, stainless farmhouse style sink and slightly darker grout also add some drama to the space without breaking up the white-on-white experience.
Tip #3 Bring in the Visual Drama Llama
White cabinets, white appliances and white countertops can be pretty boring if you don’t add some visual firepower. The striking, full height backsplash is the captivating feature in this kitchen and you hardly even NOTICE the white appliances!
Option 2 Light Coloured Painted Cabinets with White Appliances
The hardest part of decorating is the deciding – especially when you have 1000’s of choices! The best way to select what works for you is to decide which ‘look’ you like the best – high contrast or low contrast – this will at least help you narrow down the range you want to be in.
For those who don’t like ‘uber white’ cabinets, light coloured cabinets are a great choice as they are fresh and bright without being too white. While nothing beats white cabinets and appliances with regard to low contrast, by choosing a paint colour that is in a lighter range you will create a low-contrast palette which will allow your appliances to blend in, rather than stand out.
Tip #1 Keep it Simple
By painting your cabinets a colour other than white, you are already adding to the equation. You might want to keep things simple and straightforward when it comes to your countertop and backsplash with the hopes of simplifying things.
These cabinets are on the border of light/medium tones, but the overall look is bright and fresh thanks to the light toned countertop and backsplash.
If these homeowners had done a busy backsplash, the kitchen would have felt overwhelming and busy. By choosing a simple, blended look from countertop to backsplash they created a palette that is interesting, but still easy on the eyes (the red blender is also awesome!)
Tip #2 Add Some Interest
A white on off-white palette can be pretty humdrum without the right details. What is the Focal Point of your kitchen? What is the thing that draws people in?
Why does this work so well? The warm wood floors and the graphic valance save the day in this lovely lil’ kitchen as without these features, the kitchen would feel like a bowl of vanilla ice cream – melted, vanilla ice cream.
Tip #3 Don’t Forget the Accents!
A kitchen is just ‘product’ without a little bit of interest. With the creative use of artwork, pottery and everyday dishware, you can tie your white appliances into the scheme without even trying!
It’s not just the white countertops and warm wood flooring that makes these white appliances blend seamlessly, it’s also the well placed white accent pieces that pull the whole look together.
A Little Deeper Perhaps? (that’s what she said…)
If you want a paint colour that has a bit more oomph to it then check out these lil’ tidbits…
Tip #1 Incorporate Another White
If you want to paint your cabinets a paint colour that is beyond ‘light and bright’ you’ll need to incorporate a good consistent white somewhere else in your scheme (countertops/backsplash) so that your appliances have something visual to connect to. If your appliances are the only white things in the room they will stick out like a sore thumb.
The darker your cabinet colour is the more authentic your ‘other white’ needs to be. Lighter cabinet colours can accommodate cream/light gray/oatmeal tones with regard to countertop/backsplash (as shown in an above photo) while still tying in the white appliances while darker tones really need an authentic white to pull those appliances into the overall scheme.
The white toned countertop and white grout help these appliances feel more at home even with dark painted cabinets – it feels very balanced and looks striking!
Tip #2 Find the Balance
If you like the idea of darker cabinets, be sure to incorporate a healthy balance of light, medium and dark tones so that your kitchen isn’t heavily weighted one way or another.
The Light: Appliances and backsplash
The Medium: Flooring and cabinets
The Dark: Countertops and even the chalkboard detail helps!
Food for Thought (without even opening the fridge)
If you have a lot of white and white or cool toned painted cabinets in your kitchen, you might want to consider some warm tones and textures in the room to balance things out.
Here’s 2 ways to do this…
#1 Wood flooring
Via Cote de Texas
I love these painted gray cabinets, white appliances and uber white countertops. The overall look is fresh and clean and the wood floors add a much needed warmth to balance out those cooler tones.
#2 Butcher Block Countertops
Ooo, I love me some butcher block countertops – especially on an island!
A coloured island can also add some interest to a kitchen that is feeling overwhelmingly white and I LOVE the butcher block top on this one to add some warmth and texture!
There’s the good, there’s the bad…and then there’s the Ugly
(and yes, it does get a capital letter it’s SO ugly)
While the fun accents certainly help, this washy palette is anything but inspiring (or maybe I’m just a cow…)
With nothing else to tie the white appliances in, they stick out like a sore thumb and distract from what is otherwise a lovely space!
This doesn’t even make sense to me, my brain can’t comprehend it.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this read! Good luck and Happy Decorating!
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