Which color appliance should I get? What color is the most classic? I get this question all time--or some form of it. People are re-doing their kitchen and are putting a lot of money into new appliances and (understandably) want to make sure they're making the right choice for this big investment. The thing with the color of anything is that, while yes, there are "classic" colors, you always have to consider if it coordinates with what is currently in the space. So today we're breaking down appliance colors and discussing when it's best to use which color. So hopefully this will help answer the all-too-common appliance question the way it's supposed to be answered.
Stainless Steel is usually a top choice. People like that it's a little more modern and expensive-looking but dislike the unconventionality of it. Fingerprints show easily and it requires lots of cleaning. The nice thing about stainless is that it's a different color than what most cabinets are. It's not white or (any version of) brown like most kitchens so it can quickly add a different layer to the kitchen. Since most sink faucets are stainless and there are tons of options of kitchen hardware in silver, using a stainless finish on your appliances can easily tie the rest of the metal in the room together. Stainless is also a very "transitional" look. So when people ask me, what will last? Stainless is about as good an answer as any. Right now it works well because it can go with more styles than any other color so it will probably last the longest, but to say it will be in-style forever is impossible. So, most importantly. consider the kitchen it's going into. If it blends well with the other finishes, it will most likely work well with the space.
The second most popular appliance color is white. In terms of "classic colors", this color will always be the most classic. However, the white metal look isn't necessarily as popular anymore. Instead of feeling clean and simple like designers view the color white, a white appliance just seems ordinary and lack-luster. It's common. White appliances can still be a good choice in certain situations, though. White appliances can keep the seamless look going in a kitchen with white counters. Instead of breaking up the space, it keeps the flow going. They can also work well in kitchens with low, dark ceilings. Mostly for the visual purpose of opening up the space with light. Finally, if you have a more muted tone on your cabinets, the white appliance can be a way to lighten and brighten as well. So while white is common and ordinary, it's not obsolete!
The last appliance color to discuss is black. Black is one of those appliance colors that rides the rollercoaster of popularity. It used to be big and then completely died out with the growing popularity of minimalism and the all-white kitchen. However, they're coming back. Black appliances are practical because they hide all sorts of dirt. But they're a big impact piece so they can't just be thrown into any kitchen for the sake of practicality. The best kitchens for black appliances are kitchens where there are other pops of charcoal or black. A kitchen with white cabinets can handle black appliances if the countertops are black (or appear dark). They can also blend better with darker wood tones in some kitchen. Even if the cabinets aren't black, a black appliance flows better with a dark java cabinet than a white or stainless appliance would. Black appliance definitely make a statement rather than blending in so be sure you're ready for the major contrast before you go this route.