Every once and awhile, I see something on Pinterest that completely takes me by surprise, and that’s exactly what happened last week when I stumbled upon this picture:
Do you have any guesses as to what it was that caught my eye?
Nope, it wasn’t that stunning island with vintage brass pulls, nor was it the marble countertops. It wasn’t even the gorgeous wood floors set on the diagonal, a detail I would normally be drooling over. It was something far more ordinary than any of those things.
It was, in fact, the refrigerator.
Yep, you read that right. That refrigerator basically stopped me dead in my internet-browsing-mouse-clicking tracks. I don’t know what dumbfounded me more: the fact that I was actually gawking at a refrigerator, or that I was gawking at a refrigerator that was white (because let’s be real, it isn’t 1993). Regardless, I sat there in awe, drooling over that pretty white fridge whose sleek lines with a slight vintage flair tied perfectly in to the white cabinets surrounding.
Once I snapped back to reality, I hurried over to Google as fast as my fingers could type, in an attempt to find out all I could about this whole white fridge situation. And what I discovered was shocking. Throughout many articles, forums, and blogs, there was a lot of chatter saying stainless steel appliances may very well be on their way out.
When I first read that, I was baffled. I loooooove the industrial look of stainless steel, so I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea. That was until I stumbled upon another article. This article in particular talked about how the color trends in appliances generally change each decade, which if you think about it, has been pretty true.
The 1960’s were home to the oh-so-lovely brown appliances, followed by everyone’s favorite avocado green in the 1970’s.
The 1980’s brought us black appliances (apparently they had to tone down the color somewhere), and the 90’s followed with white.
Stainless steel appliances finally started to gain momentum in the early 2000’s, and they’ve called our kitchens home ever since.
Now we’re nearly halfway through 2010’s, and although stainless steel is still wildly popular, Viking, Whirlpool, and GE have been introducing white appliances back into the mix through their higher end lines. The white has been gaining momentum in the design community over the past year, but it’s quite different from the white we saw in the 90’s. Instead of that funny bumpy texture, the whites today feature smooth surfaces with an almost glossy texture. Quite striking if you ask me.
If you’re interested in these white appliances, below are my top 5 picks (with a surprising one from Ikea sneaking in there).
After all of this is said and done, if you ask me, I think we may see a rise in white appliances, but I also think stainless steel is here to stay for a while longer. It’s a neutral color that coordinates so well with the chrome and brushed nickel fixtures we so commonly use in our kitchens. Plus, it pops against white cabinets, and helps reflect light in kitchens featuring darker cabinets. It’s versatile and classic, and there still is a great demand for it.
So what do you think? Do you think white will take the place of stainless steel? Which would you prefer in your own kitchen?