When Opposites Attract: The Complete How-to Guide for Mixing and Matching Appliances

Matching sets are a massive buzzword for many consumers. From underwear to bedroom furniture to clothing to appliances, matching sets are here to stay.

The kitchen is an excellent example of this match-making trend. Homeowners often love seeing all of their kitchen appliances perfectly paired, whether they’ve chosen the classic stainless steel look or decided to opt for an all-black, sleek appearance.

But the best design rules are made to be broken: your appliances don’t have to match. Whether it be brands, styles, or colors, you can get creative with your kitchen combinations.

To mix and match appliances is not only fun and refreshing, but it can help you save a dime by diversifying your selection. When you’re not tied at the hip to a matching set, you’ll be surprised by the deals you can find.

If you’re new to the mix-and-match philosophy, fear not. Here’s the complete how-to guide for mixing and matching appliances.

Mixing brands

There’s a lot to be said about brand loyalty. Companies invest millions every year in creating those die-hard fans. When it comes to kitchen appliances, many consumers spring for the brand their parents had.

That said, there’s always room for trying new things.

As much as many homeowners love to stick to one brand, spreading your options can be a boon in your kitchen planning.

Far from being a design faux pas, mixing brands opens your world up to different styles, colors, prices, and features that you were missing before.

Never mix more than two metals

Some folks don’t like to mix metals, and that’s okay. But if you are planning on mixing metals, choose no more than two different finishes.

For example, a brass faucet makes for an excellent stand-out piece when the rest of your appliances are stainless steel. If you prefer metals closer in appearance, a stainless steel dishwasher from Goedeker’s could pair nicely with a slate-finish fridge.

Whatever your finish preferences, visit a trusted home appliance retailer for a snag-free shopping experience.

Highlight one appliance

One common, full-proof way to mix your appliances is to choose one large device to highlight. If you love to cook, that appliance might be your stove. But you can also choose to show off your stainless steel dishwasher or refrigerator.

You can highlight one large appliance by picking one in a fancy color or a unique style. For instance, you might decide to choose a retro refrigerator in pale blue. This statement piece will give the rest of the kitchen something to revolve around.

Your other appliances don’t have to match it, but you can add touches of that same blue throughout your kitchen via utensils, towels, and decor.

Focus on smaller appliances

Large statement appliances can be costly, so a bright pink stove or fridge isn’t in the cards for everyone.

If an eye-catching appliance is out of your budget, highlight your smaller appliances instead. Choose a main color and find a coffee maker, toaster, and blender in that hue.

Spread these appliances out around your kitchen for fun pops of color that keep the space feeling fresh and new.

Balance bold colors with neutrals

two types of appliance colors

There’s nothing wrong with adding color to your kitchen, but it will look best when you balance bright colors with neutrals.

A loud pink refrigerator draws the eye, but not when everything else in the room is also bright pink. Maintain balance by pairing the pink appliance with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

One more hint: open shelving works great for displaying dishes and accessories in your choice of color to accent your appliances.

Wrap up

Whether you’re a die-hard brand fan looking to branch out or a homeowner looking for that extra something in your kitchen, mixing and matching appliances can be a match made in heaven for your home.

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