Merry and bright! Why white appliances are back in style

White fridges, stoves, microwaves, and dishwashers were staples in the ‘80s and into the ‘90s. When technology-driven stainless steel emerged as the new style in the early 2000’s, white became outdated.

But white appliances have evolved toward cooler undertones, and are now more popular than ever. Here are five reasons why:

  1. Affordability. They generally cost less than stainless steel and last just as long. Poking around the internet, I saw the cheapest white dishwashers cost $250 and stainless steel ones were around $400. 
  2. Fits in with various design styles. If you want to remodel your kitchen, you won’t have to worry about replacing white. For example, in a country kitchen remodel, a stainless steel appliance would look like an unwelcome robot. 
  3. Incorporates color. White provides a nice contrast to painted cabinets, such as dark blue or mint green. (Lilac Dust Design is almost finished with this very type of kitchen remodel project– watch for new Gallery photos soon!)
  4. Clean look. White doesn’t show fingerprints, an extra plus if there are small children running around. There are “smudge proof” versions of stainless steel appliances, but they can cost more. 
  5. Makes a small kitchen look bigger. White appliances reflect natural light, bringing an expanded, airy look to a small space. 

Pro tip: If you’re shopping the holiday sales, be sure to go for white with cool undertones. Avoid dingy warm undertones for a stylish, crisp look. 

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