Newest appliance color from GE..Slate

wallycatSeptember 5, 2012

I know people mention trends and "what is new" here.

I was looking at the finance pages, and this popped up about GE.

The new color will be "Slate"...a cross between a grey and stainless look.

Not sure how well this pic shows it off.

http://finance.yahoo.com/photos/ge-slate-finish-joins-stainless-photo-150000891.html

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wallycat

I am not sure if I can tell the difference on my computer screen...
supposed to be more charcoal but looks stainless to me.

Here is a link that might be useful: video of slate appliances

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:17AM
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ginny20

I wonder if it's less shiny, therefore less likely to show smudges.

It's pretty.

Interesting that they are positioning it for a young, hip market segment. It's supposed to be edgy, I guess.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:32AM
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GreenDesigns

They already did that in an exclusive line that they retailed at Home Depot a couple of years ago. It flunked the popularity test and was taken off the market. Almost no one bought it. I'm really surprised that they're putting it out there again. I would have thought they'd float their "champagne" finish that they did on laundry out to the rest of the appliances. It was a metallic browner bisque, and brown has been the 2000 pound gorilla of the design world for the past few years. Maybe they've been drinking the "1920 Paris apartment covered in gray dust" kool-aid of all of those design mags.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:46AM
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cottonpenny

It's just a ploy to get customers to buy a whole suite of appliances from one manufacturer. If you buy white or black or stainless, you could buy a GE fridge and a Whirlpool DW and a Fridigaire range. If you buy "slate" anything or that new Whirlpool shiny white, you're stuck.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:51AM
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CEFreeman

hmmm.
I was just thinking that with my gray/green/sage cabinets, I could consider black appliances. I've got white with black faces right now. Big white fridge.

I plan soapstone in my future. It will also be dark and grayish. I'm wondering if this new color appliance would be the perfect thing!? Given what GreenDesigns has to say, though, it doesn't sound like it'll be around when the time has allowed me to save for the counters.

Ah well. Maybe it'll be popping up in the reuse centers. If so, It's MINE, ALL MINE!!!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:54AM
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wallycat

The new-to-us house has the shiny white LG fridge and I hate it. Very hard to keep clean, IMHO.
I have never been a fan of stainless but a floor model of a dishwasher was stainless. We bought it when we thought we would build, so when this one goes (Bosch, and it is also in the white-ice thing), we hope that one will still work.
I have always liked black but DH hates it.
If this is easier to clean, I would not be opposed to it at all. Frankly, since I mix and match stuff, I don't really care if some of my appliances are white and others are stainless, bronze or slate.
I am an enigma :-)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 12:00PM
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powermuffin

How daring of them to go one shade darker on their new line of appliances! Wow, it is so innovative. Yawn.

How about aqua, pink, red, dark green, apple green, navy blue? I want to see something really fun at a price I can actually afford.
Diane

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 12:11PM
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cawaps

What Powermuffin said.

I keep waiting for colored appliances to come back--and I guess they have a bit for laundry. I wonder if some of the issue is the rise of just-in-time manufacturing and reduction in inventories accross the supply chain (even bisque is often a special order). Maybe the "minority" colors aren't popular enough to produce en masse in the current economy.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 12:19PM
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GreenDesigns

I'd personally look for panel ready appliances at a scratch and dent store if I were interested in different colors. Nothing says the panels have to be cabinet panels. You could have metal panels coated at a powder coating place and interchange them as the mood strikes. Bronze metallic one day and 50's aqua another and Christmas red for the holidays.

Really, THAT is what some bright manufacturer would come out with if they wanted to be innovative. They could make a killing on accessories, just like in the automotive or electronics world. Imagine the options that you could do if they engaged artists to do creations for them. It could be just like the PC world where Dell makes all of those interchangeable laptop shells or the Iphone cases.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 12:25PM
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hobokenkitchen

Greendesigns - I love this idea, if it were 'done right' it could be wonderful.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 1:05PM
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cawaps

I'd thought about the panel-ready option, but was put off because the price point of panel-ready appliances is so high. Scratch & dent is a good idea.

I like your business plan--if only they would introduce something at a moderate price point with the plan to make it up on the accessories.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 1:05PM
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palimpsest

Subzero tried a darker gray, "Graphite" I think, a few years back and they pulled it.

I don't know if they ever get the right demographic when they try these things though. I think the basic freestanding range market is still getting used to stainless mode, in many parts of the country. If they really want it to look more sophisticated and high end, like the video seems to indicate, maybe they should have tried it out on a cooktop and wall oven or a slide in or pro-style-look range.

At the Subzero end of things I think it was too expensive for people to try it, knowing that they would have the appliance for a long time, and also there was nothing to coordinate it with. It's just easier to panel it and be done.

I am waiting to see if someone comes up with a panel ready wall oven. They have the panel ready fridge with window, so maybe they could do a panel ready oven door. It wouldn't have a ton of applications but it might make sense in some places.

Amana, I think tried a navy blue and a dark red fridge a few years ago in one of their smaller, basic fridges. I think they were going for the small urban market or the apartment market--a younger demographic, but that didn't really work either.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 1:29PM
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Angie_DIY

I'd personally look for panel ready appliances at a scratch and dent store if I were interested in different colors. Nothing says the panels have to be cabinet panels. You could have metal panels coated at a powder coating place and interchange them as the mood strikes.

More or less what I did (minus the powder-coating). This is weathered copper.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 3:44PM
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rosie

Very handsome, Angie.

My first thought was that it would be a way to save costs, SS in plastic (metal is getting expensive!) and maybe (?) get rid of the fingerprint problem? I like the idea, although it wouldn't work for this kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 3:52PM
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desertsteph

maybe if they focused more on the appliance and not so much razzle dazzle... the glimpses were fleeting.

I remember a few yrs back my sister and I watched a commercial for a car - we loved the commercial but never did know what car they were promoting. I think there was someone walking a dog in it. the car was lost, the dog stole the show.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 8:21PM
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