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.
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:
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 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?