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How to Incorporate Colorful Appliances into Your Kitchen Remodel

Using color on appliances is nothing new to kitchen design. In fact, the house I grew up in had harvest gold appliances, green trellis wallpaper and orange and brown carpeting thrown in there for effect as well. Sorry Mom, I’m sure it was all the rage back in the day!

Vintage Pink Kitchen

This was nothing new of course, since in the 1950’s colorful kitchens were all the rage! I guess there must have been a little dry spell of neutrals in there as well but clearly that period was not nearly as exciting since I can’t seem to find anything as enticing as these visual testimonials. Side note, if I had to prepare dinner every night in a pencil skirt, I would definitely not be in a good mood.

So skip to the 1980’s and 1990’s where it was honey oak, followed by cherry, with black and white appliances, followed by white, white and lots of white usually seen with stainless appliances. White cabinetry and stainless appliances are still going strong, but now some of us are getting a little bored, so the return of color in kitchens is starting to appear as is some vintage flavor.

Drew Barrymore Kitchen

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Here we have Drew Barrymore’s very colorful kitchen with a dreamy creamy yellow vintage refrigerator. Her eclectic space combines modern touches, color and some vintage flavor. She seems like a lot of fun, so I’m not surprised her kitchen is fun too!

The eclectic use of vintage and colorful appliances is a very sophisticated way to use them. It feels like things were layered over time but in a really thoughtful way. Of course, that’s not how it actually happened but that’s the feel.


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Here’s a similar eclectic space with color, vintage and modern.


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This orange fridge would be perfect for you pool house kitchen!


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I love the vibe of this space as well.  A vintage cottage that still feels fresh for today.

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Or, if you don’t want to commit to whole themed kitchen, you could always throw a spare vintage fridge into your living space, like this. Why not?

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Umm, how fun is this space?! Who does this belong to? Is it a she shed for a really fun lady I’d like to have as my friend or maybe some very lucky little girls use this for fabulous tea parties. Anyway, it is fun!

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For a more sophisticated approach, I love the look of these beautiful vintage style LaCanche ranges. This beautiful space is white on white on white, but the layers of texture and gold metal and wood accents definitely put it into the “not boring” category.


Here’s a before of a project we just completed. Yep, white cabinets and stainless appliances. The layout was a bit of a challenge as it was two back to back condominium units that were joined together, creating a very narrow space and some space planning challenges.

Designed by: The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn   Photo Credit: LOMA Studios

Here’s the end result. We were definitely going for a vintage feel here with the custom hex floor and the wood butcherblock tops.

Designed by: The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn   Photo Credit: LOMA Studios

Our client has an amazing collection of antique decorative items, so all the cabinets are glass to showcase them. We considered green, yellow and pink appliances and in the end, she decided to “go for it” with the pink, and I think it makes such a fun statement, don’t you?

Designed by: The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn   Photo Credit: LOMA Studios

If you are looking to do something a little different to stand out in a sea of white and stainless steel, choosing colorful or vintage appliances is a sure way to do it!