Posts Tagged ‘colored appliances’

The laundry pair that’s got your back…literally

October 17, 2013

It’s the reason I was set up with my now-fiance: height. He’s tall, I was told. But I digress…

I’m not the only one who thinks height matters. GE just got taller.

GE’s newest laundry innovation acknowledges that only 60% of consumers buy the washer dryer pedestals recommended to front-load laundry owners to prevent uncomfortable bending and hunching when loading and unloading.

white laundry pedestal

The RightHeight washer and dryer’s built-in risers raise the machines 7 inches off the ground, making it just under 4 feet tall. A traditional laundry pedestal will raise the top of the machine to about 4-½ feet tall, which GE argues limits the function of the top of the machine to storage space instead of a folding surface, as illustrated below:

laundry-pedestal

*Disclaimer* Laundry-doing man & well-behaved child sold separately.

There are a lot of other features that are worth considering, but my favorite is single-item wash, promoted like this:

“Ditch the environmental guilt with this uniquely designed cycle that offers great wash performance for single items.”

In my house it’d be more like:

“Stop feeling like a failure for never getting around to the laundry and just wash outfits on demand!”

Perhaps most importantly, the RightHeight washer and dryer come in fun colors that either match a beautiful, trendy laundry room or grant respite from a hideous basement dungeon area like mine. Introduce some tall and handsome to your dark laundry room ;)

Viking Range 86es colored appliances Pumpkin, adds Wasabi

February 14, 2012

Increasing my skepticism toward Pantone’s choice of orangish hue Tangerine Tango for color of the year is Viking’s choice to replace Pumpkin and other less-popular choices for  colored appliances with finishes that sound like they were plucked straight from the pantry.

Viking nearly doubled its colored appliance choices in 2008 to 24, including Metallic Silver, Oyster Gray and Golden Mist. But Dijon, Wasabi, Cinnamon and Kettle Black — as called by Viking, not the pot (couldn’t resist) — will overtake those four come March.

Coincidentally, I featured Pumpkin and Golden Mist in a previous roundup of kitchen appliance colors because I thought them so…distinctive. (Turns out I wasn’t alone.)

If you’ve always dreamed of a Cinnamon kitchen, Viking appliances such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators and ranges can be paneled in the colored finishes.

Kitchen appliance colors 2010

November 5, 2010

You won’t see color appliances outside white and black in many kitchens, but gee, isn’t it fun to look at pictures to get kitchen color ideas?

I’d pledge my firstborn Le Creuset to someone who could actually produce a photo with this combination of kitchen appliance colors, but for some Friday fun, I assembled a roundup of fall-inspired colored appliances.

Viking Colored Microwave

This little (Viking Pumpkin Colored Microwave) guy’s so festive, I’d like to carve him up and put it on my doorstep.

No, you can’t panel a microwave — and yes, lots of people ask — but Viking Appliances does let you choose among a bunch of colors:

Viking appliance colors

Red Wine never looked so good. (Actually, red wine looks good to me on a regular basis, but it’s still a very attractive range.)

Viking iconic pro-style ranges aren’t the only choice for cooking in colors.

Bertazzoni, an Italian cooking appliance-maker, uses the same paint as car-maker Ferrari to paint its appliances.

(What is it with appliances mixing with automotive design?).

In fact, one of its ranges is even called Ferrari Red.

This Bertazzoni colored range in Wine just seems so cold-weather inspired.

>> See other Bertazzoni range colors

Perhaps Plum is more of a winter color…but I couldn’t resist including a big purple refrigerator.

Back to Viking: Doesn’t your dream kitchen include a built-in colored refrigerator…in plum?

Those not in the high-end appliance market shouldn’t feel left out.

There’s always seasonal dishwasher magnets.

Would you paint your appliances?

October 5, 2009

Anyone who follows Warners’ Stellian on Twitter knows that I have a slight obsession with DIY projects. So many of our customers are in the middle of their own DIY remodels and as a hopefully soon-to-be homeowner, I plan to pump a lot of sweat equity into my investment too — especially the kitchen.

While I consider myself open-minded — and certainly cheap enough — but perhaps not adventurous enough to try an idea from “This Old House”: Update an old fridge with a faux stainless steel finish.

I downloaded some before and after shots from the company that makes the paint, Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel:

rangeb4 rangeafter

The idea is innovative, and some people seem to really dig the idea, but all I can think of good intentions gone wrong.

Sure, $56 a can is palatable for most anyone, but the paint seems better suited for smaller projects. A white, black or bisque fridge generally carries a textured finish, which will never match the look of a contemporary stainless steel refrigerator. (Don’t know what I mean? Watch them paint a textured fridge in the promotional video.)

I’d love to see pictures if anyone has painted or knows someone who has painted appliances — with or without success.

Appliances in living color

October 2, 2009

For years now, appliances have been forced into hiding. Shoved under paneling, disguised as cabinets (see below) — some kitchen designs successfully manage to deny the existence of most appliances.

Appliances in this Victorian-inspired kitchen go incognito. - kitcheni.com

Appliances in this Victorian-inspired kitchen go incognito. - kitcheni.com

And those who do allow their appliances exposure, generally do so through the sterility of stainless steel.

But what about people who want appliances liberated from the everyday wood or stainless appearance, like our Twitter follower @MikePreble? Mike says bold colors such as blue and red are just more “him” — and we totally appreciate that. Bright colors on the walls can make a kitchen sizzle. Bright colors on your appliances, though, are totally unexpected.

Color options abound in the kitchen — and now laundry room — and the palette will only expand from here. Some options might seem completely impractical, but isn’t that the point sometimes?

Viking Range offers appliances in 24 different finishes, including Cobalt Blue.

Viking Range offers appliances in 24 different finishes, including Cobalt Blue. You could get a blue fridge, range, range top, vent hood, oven, microwave, dishwasher, warming drawer...

You've always imagined your kitchen in pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But you could.

You've always imagined your kitchen in pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But you could.

Good luck getting a microwave paneled. It's impossible. Nuking your leftovers in a Golden Mist, however, is not.

Good luck getting a microwave paneled. It's impossible. Nuking your leftovers in Golden Mist, however, is not.

Dacor Preference's floating glass panels come colors such as in Blue Water (pictured) and Slate Green.

Dacor Preference's floating glass paneled-appliances come colors such as in Blue Water (pictured) and Slate Green.

Bertazzoni triple coats its appliances in the same paint car-maker Ferrari uses.

Do you have a Ferrari in your kitchen? Bertazzoni does. It triple coats ranges in the same paint car-maker Ferrari uses.

The The Italian range company has eight finishes, including a very lemon yellow.

The Italian range company has seven other finishes, including a very lemon yellow.

Laundry pairs come in more colors than your clothes these days. This Maytag Performance Series laundry pair comes in Evergreen. Below: Frigidaire Affinity in blue, GE in silver-metallic, GE high-efficiency top-loader in champagne and Electrolux in teal.

Washers and dryers come in more colors than your clothes these days. This Maytag Performance Series laundry pair comes in Evergreen. Below: Frigidaire Affinity front-load washer in blue, GE high-efficiency top-load washer in champagne, Electrolux washer in teal and LG washer in red.

frigaffinitybluegechampagne electroluxteallgred

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of Sub-Zero's carbon stainless steel finish! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it compromise.

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of their Sub-Zero carbon stainless steel fridge! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it a compromise, I guess.


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