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White Ice, Harvest Gold, and Magic 8-Balls

magic eight ballAccording to a recent blog article by Deirdre Sullivan at House Logic, ‘white ice’ has replaced ‘stainless’ as the new coveted finish for kitchen appliances. I’m partial to white, especially when blended with elegant silver accents as Whirlpool has done, so I’m happy to embrace the trend. Perfect timing too, as I’d love to remodel my kitchen within the next 2-3 years. The new line also promises to be easier to clean, a wonderful plus given the heavy use refrigerators, ranges and dishwashers endure.

It did, however, make me think of some of the color schemes that were popular in years and decades past. Do you remember:

Harvest Gold:

magic eight ball displaying answer triangleA 1970s standard, it ruled along with shag carpeting, lacquered furniture, lava lamps, and bean bag chairs. If we’d consulted our Magic 8-Ball, we might have realized it wouldn’t last. At the time, we couldn’t snap it up fast enough.

Avocado Green:

Also a heavy-weight in the 1970s, it was part of the ‘earth color’ trend. We kept our Tang cold in refrigerator, and our Jiffy-Pop ballooning on the stove top, all the while being trendy and stylish. No one could ‘gag us with a spoon’ because we were ‘rad.’

Poppy Red:

It made a brief appearance in the 1970s but never took flight. Apparently no one was ready for something that bold when whipping up a ham and cheese omelet.


The 1980s brought us dense floral wallpapers and furniture fabrics that favored busy patterns and plaids. Maybe that’s why kitchen appliances embraced a more sedate color scheme with almond, the most popular finish of this decade. Yes, we were serene. At least, until someone gave us a Rubik’s Cube.

Onyx Black:

Although introduced earlier, it hit its stride in the 1990s, a time when we were also embracing ‘shabby chic’ and ‘rustic elegance,’ bringing the outdoors inside with natural wall colors, skylights and mirrors. For fun we were rollerblading and doing the Macarena.

If we go further back in time to the 1950s and 1960s, we’d find a diverse spectrum of appliance colors ranging from petal pink, turquoise and cadet blue to coppertone, canary yellow, and … yes, white.

It’s a classic that never goes out of style. While many color schemes remain popular and some of the bolder ones are perfect for retro decorating, white has been there all along, a pleasantly understated and airy finish. ‘White ice’ puts a fresh spin on it and immediately makes me want to use it when I remodel my kitchen. Next year. Or maybe the next.

I don’t need a Magic 8-ball to tell me it will be around for a while!

Candy Ortenzio
Executive Administrator
Brownstone Real Estate Co.