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Mixing stainless steel and black/white appliances. Yes or Not?

Lyns06
9 years ago

Hey guys!

I'm in the process of planning my new kitchen. I'm going to have white cabinets along the wall and a stained island.

I already have a stainless steel french door ref. and am needing to purchase a stove/oven, dishwasher and microwave. I'm trying to keep my appliances on a budget and would love to get matching stainless, but I just wonder if I could save a little $$ by going with black or white for the remaining appliances. Would this look weird?

BTW, the dishwasher will be in the stained island and the stove/oven and microwave will be along the wall--where the refrigerator will also be.

Thanks!

Comments (31)

  • weissman
    9 years ago

    Black appliances can look good with stainless but white generally wouldn't.

  • Lyns06
    Original Author
    9 years ago

    I wondered.. but I thought maybe with the white cabinets it wouldn't look so bad?? I typically like the look of black with stainless more so myself.. My current oven has stainless and black and looks great with all of my other stainless appliances. Too bad I couldn't just take them all with me!!

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    I currently have a mix of white with stainless steel - also for budget reasons. My white fridge is almost new and I will have to live with it. It looks better than I expected; however the fridge is not on the same wall as the other appliances.

  • clarygrace
    9 years ago

    Not a fan of white appliances, unless it is done by design and with the right cabinetry.
    I would stick with stainless steel. Perhaps you can panel the dishwasher to match the cabinetry of the island.

  • wildchild
    9 years ago

    White (and other colors) with stainless have been around longer than all stainless.

    I have white appliances by choice. My DCS range is white,with it's cooktop area stainless. The range hood is white with a stainless liner. I have a stainless microwave because it didn't come in white. I plan to use the same one over a wall oven should I put one in.

    Kitchens today all look alike to me these days with all the stainless and granite. It's similar to how some people can nix and match pieces to furnish a living room in what they like and their own style and others who buy a a matching set t right off the showroom floor.

    I think in the next few years we are going to see a trend back to using a wider variety of materials to add interest.

    Stainless is just metal.Overhyped in my opinion as a machinst's wife. LOL Pretty much goes with everything.
    People were jewelry with clothing. They don't go around wearing chain mail out of the same metals just so they match.

  • gr8daygw
    9 years ago

    My refrigerator is stainless and the rest are black. What I found is that SS is in stock and black was considered a special order, hard to believe! That's how I ended up with a SS fridge and other appliances black. Shows the popularity of SS these days. You may find that there isn't a lot of difference in the price since they are stocking the stainless now and not selling as much of black and white. I would stick with black. You will see black and stainless mixed together on an appliance which helps to blend them but I have only seen white/stainless on the same appliance once on a special order stove. Good luck!

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    My new appliances are ss. My black dw works fine, so there was no need to replace it. I never think twice about it.

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    Many stainless appliances have some black such as the black window glass on our microwave and oven doors and control panels, black grates on a stainless rangetop or cooktop. And many black appliances have some stainless such as handles or trim strips. So black and stainless appliances blend pretty well.

  • shelayne
    9 years ago

    We have a mix of stainless and white. It looks fine. I didn't want a stainless fridge, so we have a white french door with the smooth finish. I have a stainless wall oven, warming drawer, hood, and microwave. I have a white cooktop with charcoal-colored grates. My DW is paneled.

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  • Circus Peanut
    9 years ago

    From my experience with a stainless dishwasher, this was the hardest appliance of all to keep looking presentable in stainless -- the steam condensed down it in beads when it was opened and created long stained streaks that were virtually impossible to remove. If you have the budget to panel anything, I'd warmly recommend paneling the dishwasher to match the cabinetry.

    Other than that, I think many different color/surface combinations can be pleasing to the eye. When you get that far, post pictures and folks here can give you their opinions.

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    Maybe the pix at the link will help:

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  • Lyns06
    Original Author
    9 years ago

    Thanks, everyone, for the feedback! It's nice to hear such a variety of styles and preferences.

    I'm certainly not opposed to doing some mixing, but since I'm already planning on mixing white painted cabinetry and stained, I'm thinking that if I kept some continuity with the appliances it might keep the look tidy. I'm thinking about S.S. and black, most likely.

    Thanks a lot!

  • mdispensa
    9 years ago

    I'm in the same boat. In order to match off white built in cabinets on the other side of the kitchen we're going with "marshmallow cream" starmark cabinets, which is actually very close to my painted off white color. I have natural cherry floors and am putting in a dark cherry island that is topped with a very bold granite called Black Miranace. I'm debating the color of the appliances and I really don't like black. The current DW is white and looks OK with the white cabinets. I think I'll go stainless for the stove and MW but am thinking of going white for the DW and fridge.

  • Bunny
    9 years ago

    Pre-reno I had all white appliances with oak cabinets. Now I have white cabinets. Appliance replacement will take place over time, starting with a SS fridge and hood next week. MW is stainless (thanks, Costco!). I suddenly like the look of my humble white Kenmore stove. I also love my white Kenmore DW because of its incredible interior space. Maybe that's why it's so loud, no sound insulation. I really don't care, except it has a very white plasticky look. I have a small kitchen so I don't like masses of vertical black. Otherwise, I think get what you like and mix away.

  • MattDJ
    7 years ago

    If you like spending a lot of time wiping down your appliances then I would suggest stainless steel. White shows age and yellows over time. Black is great because it doesn't show age or staining. Black appliances are also very easy to clean and don't show scratches from prolonged use. Additionally, matching your cabinets with your appliances is never advised because you never know when you're going to want to change the color of your cabinets. Black and stainless go well together but I would suggest keeping the stainless to fridges and microwaves because the only parts you touch daily on those are the handles. Hope this helps.

  • rj4christ
    5 years ago
    last modified: 5 years ago

    I have white cabinets with black knobs. I just purchased black handles for my white refrigerator because my microwave & dishwasher are black. What do you think about the choice of black handles on a white refrigerator. By the way the refrigerator is only 2 years old so I don't want to replace it with black.The refrigerator has french doors & a pullout drawer (freezer) below.

  • sjhockeyfan325
    5 years ago

    I wouldn't personally like it, but if you do, my opinion doesn't matter. Can you try it, and if you don't like it put the original back?

  • rj4christ
    5 years ago

    Yes, I will keep the white handles in the event I don't care for the black. I love the black handles on our cabinets so I think it will work for me. Thanks for your input.

  • shelayne
    5 years ago

    We just had to replace our white french door fridge because it died (Six flippin' years. Grrrrr). Though I was really tempted with the beautiful shiny SS, I chose another white french door fridge, where the salesman sweetened the deal by letting me get stainless handles for no extra charge. I very briefly thought of black because I have black hardware on my white cabinets, but thought it would look too jarring in my space. I am very happy with how it looks, as it ties together with the SS we do have. I would love to see how the black looks. Please post pictures! We love pictures! :)

  • Nonna Hall
    5 years ago

    My white range hood doesn't much completely with my "coconut" white cabinets. Should I exchange it for SS? The rest of appliances are SS - I wanted the top cabinets+range hood in white.

  • azdesertrose17
    3 years ago

    We just bought a house, and I have all black appliances, yes the black refrigerator is a special order and takes longer to get and is more money. I think the stainless will look good in the smaller galley kitchen. If not, we will have to take our chances. Hopefully I made a good choice.

  • peaser
    3 years ago

    I have a small galley-type kitchen...The house is old...I replaced with white kitchenaid dishwasher yrs ago and a white maytag with black top stove. Our frig is old and so this was the next appliance to replace. It was white also. However, I hated this big white side-by-side Sears Frig. I didn't want to buy stainless steel...thought it would stick out like a big bullet in my galley kitchen. Didn't want white either...too blah and hard to clean. So, I bought a pretty black stainless steel (sorta muted black on front) Whirlpool french door-type frig...I LOVE IT..it's the kind that doesn't show fingerprints...So, now....I wonder what color to paint my old oak cabinets with this old, but nice beigy, salmon color corian countertop...Anybody want to take a stab at this???? I can't replace the white other appliances...they are too new...but the black top stove does look nice with the frig...the dishwasher is across the aisle from them in white...


  • Helen
    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    I know it’s not the question but the price difference for stainless is pretty minimal now for the same appliance.

    Once you compare apples to apples, I didn’t notice a huge upcharge.

    I am mixing black with stainless since the wall oven is essentially black with stainless trim and the induction cooktop is black.

  • teamjustice
    3 years ago

    With a white kitchen I would mix white appliances with stainless. Very clean and elegant.

  • peaser
    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    My kitchen has oak cabinets, red , sorta barn red color walls...no backsplash. Corian beige counter ,,,..I paid under 1500 for a pretty french door whirlpool black finger smudgeproof matte colored refrigerator...I love it.! So, guess one day...I'll get rid of the white dishwasher (3 yrs old) and nice Maytag blacktop electric stovetop with white bottom (3 yrs old) one day..but not now... :-(

  • jhmarie
    3 years ago

    Peaser - if you post some pictures of your kitchen in a new post with your question you will get more help then using this older post:)

  • geneva martin
    2 years ago

    would a black refrigerator and white cook stove look okay together

  • geneva martin
    2 years ago

    I'm wanting to ideas and mixing white and black together appliances

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