White, Black & Paneled…the Alternatives to Stainless Appliances

Posted by Ben Thompson on 05.24.17

Stainless appliances have been THE popular choice for kitchen appliances for more than a decade. We love them for their sleek look and versatility to work in any type of design aesthetic from traditional to modern. But if you are thinking about renovating your kitchen and you want to go with something different, there are options that are just as good looking as stainless. In this blog we are going to talk about when using white, black or paneled front appliances are good alternatives.

White appliances

We aren’t talking about the basic, boring old white refrigerator. Manufacturers have designed some beautiful modern appliances that are available in glossy or matte white finishes.

If you have one of the following, you may want to consider white appliances:

  • Pale toned cabinets such as green or gray.
  • Wood ceiling or beams to lift the eye.
  • Few or no windows in the kitchen.
  • An all white kitchen to create a completely seamless look.
  • Light colored countertops.

Black appliances

Black appliances work well in a kitchen design when you want to create some drama or contrast.

If you have one of the following, you may want to consider black appliances:

  • White cabinets with black appliances will offer high contrast and this classic combination will stand the test of time. This combination is tricky in smaller kitchens, as they look best when there is space between the appliances.
  • Dark cabinets for a modern seamless look.
  • Gray cabinets and dark countertops.

Paneled appliances

A paneled appliance will have a custom door that matches your cabinetry, which will in essence hide them. Many homeowners choose to panel their refrigerator since it is the largest item in the kitchen and they don’t want to make it a focal point.

If you have one of the following, you may want to consider paneled appliances:

  • A small kitchen or kitchenette. They will allow the space to appear larger.
  • When you want to stay with an all-wood palette.
  • When you have other high contrast items in your kitchen, paneled appliances will allow you to keep the focus elsewhere.


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