How to Match Cabinets and Appliances in Your Kitchen

How to Match Cabinets and Appliances in Your Kitchen

The time has come to upgrade your kitchen, and you just bought beautiful new kitchen cabinets to anchor the facelift. Now you must select the kitchen appliances that best complement your new cabinets. But what colors match best with each style of refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and range? If you are installing dark cabinets, should you select white appliances? What if your cabinets are white? If you have your eye on stainless steel appliances, or slate, what color of cabinets do they blend with the best? To help finalize your kitchen project, we answered those questions and more to get your home looking better than ever.


When Should You Buy White Appliances?

White appliances only combine with one style of cabinets. If you are interested in buying a white refrigerator, range, dishwasher, and microwave, that will only work if you have white cabinets in your kitchen. Now, white cabinets could also pair with stainless steel or black appliances, for example, but white appliances should only combine white cabinets. The look of your kitchen may seem outdated if you tried to match white appliances with cabinet colors that are anything other than white. But if you do decide to go with the white on white design, the net result will be a clean looking kitchen your family and friends are sure to enjoy.



Does Every Color Cabinet Go with Stainless Steel?

If you’re wondering if your new RTA kitchen cabinets would blend well with stainless steel appliances, the answer is yes. Stainless steel appliances present a great look with almost any color of cabinets. While white appliances can only combine with white cabinets, white cabinets can still blend with stainless steel. This rule also holds true for medium and dark colors as well. Charleston Cherry, Charleston Toffee, and White Shaker Elite kitchen cabinets are all examples of Lily Ann Cabinets that run the spectrum of colors and still match well with stainless steel cabinets. No matter which color you choose, you can’t go wrong when combining those colors with a stainless steel refrigerator, range, microwave, and dishwasher.


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But What About Black Appliances?

Black appliances blend well with darker finishes of cabinets. Driftwood Grey, Bristol Chocolate, and York Chocolate kitchen cabinets would all be great examples of colors and stains that combine well with black appliances. There are also other options for black appliances as well because of the color’s versatility. If you’re aspiring for a black and white kitchen, that option is available with white cabinets and black appliances. Just make sure that all four of your kitchen appliances are black and don’t try to mix and match your refrigerator and other appliances.



One of our favorite cabinet-appliance combinations is black stainless steel with white cabinets. It creates a unique contrast that makes the white cabinets pop. To create this look, try pairing black stainless steel appliances with our popular White Shaker Elite cabinet line.

Also Read: How To Match Cabinet Hardware with Kitchen Decor

What Color Cabinets Do Slate Appliances Match Best With?

Slate appliances, or grey, create another versatile option when it comes to matching kitchen cabinet colors. Refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, and microwaves in slate are a compelling look for both modern and rustic kitchen designs. Like stainless steel, these colors also match a wide variety of cabinet colors. However, slate does have its limitations. Unlike stainless steel, grey does not work with all colors. It’s excellent for grey based cabinets like Grey Shaker Elite Cabinets or York Driftwood Grey Cabinets. Slate appliances, however, do not work well with non-neutral tones. It’s an especially compelling option when you’re looking to darken the tone of your kitchen from what white or stainless steel would allow, but you’re not going as dark as black.


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Let Lily Ann Cabinets Help You Finish Your Kitchen

Let Lily Ann Cabinets help you design your next kitchen project. Our free kitchen design tool will help you layout your kitchen cabinets and appliances. From there, our expert staff is available to assist with any questions on the ready to assemble cabinets that are best for you. We can review color combinations for your cabinets and appliances, and all other questions you have to get your kitchen cabinet install off to a great start.


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What color cabinets look best with stainless steel appliances?

Stainless steel appliances are a great option because they match everything. Grey cabinets, white, blue, green, black, red, and every other color of the rainbow will look great alongside stainless steel appliances.

What color cabinets look best with black appliances?

For kitchens with black appliances, the best color of cabinets that you can incorporate alongside them are white, grey, green, blue, and red cabinets.

How to modernize old white kitchen appliances?

If you have had white appliances since the late 90s or early 2000's, no need to toss them out! Modernizing old white kitchen appliances will just take a bit of cleaning and freshening them up, then from there all you need to do is update the surrounding parts of the kitchen such as the cabinets, backsplash, and countertops. Just by simply painting the cabinets a fresh new color and adding new hardware will modernize the appliances.



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