3 Rules for Adding a Colorful Appliance
We asked Dave Burcher, a kitchen designer in New York City, to weigh in
A zingy workhorse like the retro-style fridge shown above can be the centerpiece of a new or existing kitchen. Here, Burcher suggests strategies for knitting it together with the rest of the room.
New York City kitchen designer, David Burcher
- KEEP THE WHOLE PALETTE IN MIND “Let’s say your heart’s set on a range in cobalt blue or Ferrari red. Take a look at furnishings or fabrics to find colors that would look good with it—these things can provide a context for your accent color. An Oriental carpet might suggest pairing a blue fridge with reddish-brown cabinets; gray walls and cabinets would complement a red range.”
- CONSIDER WHITE AS A BACKDROP “It’s an easy solution, and of course white cabinets and walls would allow the appliance to really stand out.”
- ANOTHER OPTION: BLEND IT IN “If you are incorporating an appliance in a soft color, like sage green, consider painting the walls and cabinets to match. It’s especially worth thinking about if the kitchen is open and you want to highlight a color without the space seeming busy.”
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