Question about color of refrigerator panel

sjhockeyfan325September 8, 2013

We are redoing a small kitchen that is part of a very large open lr/dr/kitchen. All lower cabinets will be a wood look, the uppers (on the wall only) glossy white. The refrigerator is on the wall with the lower wood/upper white combo. What color should we make the fridge panel - wood or white? (Wood would be more practical, but I'm asking from an aesthetic standpoint - which would be preferable).

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Just buy a glossy white refrigerator and call it done about 5K cheaper!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 12:23PM
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What style of refrigerator is it? If it is a bottom-freezer fridge, and it lines up, the drawers could be in the wood finish and the upper compartment could be gloss white.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 1:10PM
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Live wire, you're right about the white, of course, and I wish someone made a less expensive built-in refrigerator at 84" tall (it wouldn't even need dual evaporators or compressors, just fit the soace right :-)), but they don't. We have to buy something that will be a resale advantage, and around here, a fully-integrated paneled fridge is almost a requirement.

Palimpset, it is a bottom freezer, but the top of the freezer would not line up with the top of the bottom cabinets, which would make me crazy! Gotta be one or the other LOL!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 1:26PM
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White, then.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 1:37PM
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There is a GW'er named 2littlefishies with a marvelous 2tone kitchen, I am linking her post about where to place the color- it has lots of thoughts on this topic and lots of images.
One particular picture I thought might be helpful is below:

Here is a link that might be useful: 2littlefishies' where to place the yellow thread

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 3:18PM
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I vote white.

BTW A Sub Zero compressor assembly is about $400 retail and an evaporator assembly $200. The high premium for a built-in fridge is largely the result of the diseconomies of scale.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 3:33PM
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Sophie Wheeler

White sounds like it would be the best choice, but posting some elevations in color would help with the decisions.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 3:39PM
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My vote is for wood from both an aesthetic and practicality point of view. We have a two tone kitchen with walnut lowers and white uppers, our refrigerator surround (which from one side looks similar to a built-In refrigerator) is walnut, so I may be bias!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 5:41PM
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I like the wood idea on the fridge, too.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 5:52PM
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Thanks for all your thoughts. Now that I've seen the Houzz picture local eater posted, I think it will be wood for both aesthetic (I don't really like white refrigerators) and practical reasons (the whole point is to avoid having to clean the front of the fridge constantly!)

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 9:31PM
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