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How do you choose new appliance colors?

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In choosing an appliance color, it can be about preference, but there are some things to consider before purchasing the appliance. It is important to note whether the color may become dated and if the color blends with other the colors in your kitchen. Colors may also become unavailable in the future. Additionally, some colors have a bit more maintenance than others.

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  1. Determine color durability

    Colored appliances can become dated in a few years; consider the avocado green appliances popular in the 1970s. Stainless steel or black appliances do not appear to age as quickly. Also, if one of a pair of appliances needs to be replaced, consider what you might do if the color is no longer available.

  2. Decide if the color blends with long-term colors in your kitchen

    The countertops, flooring and tile accents constitute long-term colors in your kitchen. Make sure the appliance color blends with long-term items. Neutral colors go with more color choices and appear more ageless. Most people tire of colored appliances more quickly than they do of neutral colors, including black and stainless.

  3. Think about maintenance

    Darker colors show fingerprints and spills more than lighter colors. If you have children or if the appliance receives high traffic, a dark color may not be the answer. Black or stainless appliances show scratches and dents more than other colors. Stainless appliances also require special stainless steel cleaner.

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