Matching Kitchen Appliances to Your Home: Top Tips

The term 'white goods' is still commonly used to refer to major appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers. It's not uncommon for such items to actually be white, but if your tastes run to black, chrome or even candyfloss pink (for fridges at least) you can usually find a design to suit.

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There's more than just colour to consider of course; sizes, shapes and not least, functionality, will all play a part, as you match your kitchen appliances to both your home and your practical requirements.

Fit appliances into your overall design

Our homes provide an ideal canvass on which to express our individual tastes and personalities. A lot of thought and consideration is often spent on living rooms and bedrooms, while kitchens are often seen as purely functional spaces. They do have a function to serve, but there's no reason why a kitchen can't be both practical and stylish at the same time.

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If your home has an overall theme or look, you might want to continue this into your kitchen. This could be a colour scheme that flows from room to room, or it could be a more general style, such as classic or contemporary. Whether you're looking at fridges or electric cookers, you can usually find a model to suit your preferences. If your preferred style verges on classic or vintage, there are plenty out there that match classic styles and designs, whilst still boasting up-to-the-minute features and functionality.

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Your appliances should also blend well with fixtures, such as your kitchen cupboards and counters. Many people like to match up major features with smaller appliances, such as kettles and toasters, or even with the crockery and cutlery they use. Size should also be taken into consideration. A huge free-standing fridge-freezer can dominate even a moderately large kitchen but, depending on your requirements and usage, refrigerator space may be non-negotiable.

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Don't forget practicalities

As well as looking good, your appliances should also match more practical requirements. Especially if you have a large family, the capacity of appliances like fridges and washing machines should be enough to match your needs.

Energy efficiency is also seen as an increasingly important factor by many people these days, whether the motive is environmental or monetary. Energy efficiency ratings and labels can help you compare and contrast different appliances. This allows you to cut down on your overall electricity consumption, but you should also take the time to read owner manuals and learn how to use them properly, too.

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