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Viking Range Color - What To Do?

Here's a question from Maryann:

viking.jpg"We are remodeling our kitchen.  The look we're going for is whitewashed custom cabinets with chocolate glaze and a large black  island.  We planned on stainless steel appliances - 42" fridge and 48" viking range.  We were considering the 48" white viking range - would that color work in this kitchen or would a white range be better suited in another style kitchen?"





Maryann, right off the bat, it sounds to me like you will be dealing with two different whites...a bright white (if that is what you are referring to) for the Viking, and a glazed white cabinet color, which will be somewhere in the ivory/cream family.

I'd be very careful when mixing whites. Some whites have a pink cast, some a green, some, a yellow, for example. It is critical that you see the actual Viking color samples alongside of your cabinet color, preferrably in your own home during different times of the day and lighting conditions. Pay attention to the tones.

oyster%20gray.jpgI'll tell you what you may consider. Check out the Oyster Gray. I've used it before. It's deep enough to be enough of a contrast with your cabinets, but only you will be able to tell if the tones work well or not. It's a great neutral shade.

I will also tell you that a lesser used, but beautiful combination IS using white and cream colors together. You may want to carefully think through using white and cream elsewhere in the room as well so that it is viewed as a theme of sorts, rather than one item white and one item cream. Done well, I actually really love this look.


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I am glad you mentioned the cream option. And as you mentioned, it is important to see real samples of all of the materials together under the same type of light they'll live in, in the space: daylight in day, artificial at night. Light type will change the "color" so be sure and view the samples under all scenarios to make sure you still like it. Something you like during the day, you may not like so much at night when you are entertaining.

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

I do agree with you Susan that it's hard to "match" whites exactly. If they're off, I think it will look like a mistake. If they do cream and white, which is a look I love as well, it will look like that it was planned not to match.

June 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Hi, Susan!

Long time no see from dream house dairies. I wonder if the Times is ever going to get the new house blog promised for this summer started.

On the subject of "white," yesterday I had a GE dishwasher in bisque delivered, thinking it would match my GE frig in bisque. Surprise! The frig is matte and the dishwasher is gloss. Sigh. Well, I am thinking soon I will not notice that.

I was also surprised that the dishwasher was no quieter than the very old one it replaced. Not too bad, but definitely not silent, which I had been expecting from the commercials.

Well, at least it is supposedly energy efficient and it looks much better.

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Anne

You might want to even consider changing the "white washed cabinetry with chocolate glaze"for something a bit fresher...the white/choc glaze is getting a bit dated ( no offense!)Perhaps if custom cabinetry, consider trying a subtle shade of paint that has more depth than white and then glazing...even try different glazes...I have found when people ask for white/glaze concept they really just like the vintage, antiqued look..but you can get same effect by using a "color" with glaze...I have done yellows, blues, taupes, greens and some grayed "oyster" type hues..and the result is a more up to date and fresher look than the white/glaze. Just an idea! Also, if using white Viking...that really calls for a "cleaner"palette such as Susan suggested...crisper...if you do go with white/glz then definitely don't do the white Viking!

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterckc

Pamela, good advice, to look at all the samples under all light sources...just to drive you crazy! But it does need to be done.

Leslie, it's tricky, you're right! But, you know, sometimes, you CAN have a variety of, say, a cream pallette, even some of which are slightly off, which, as a whole, looks interesting if not perfectly matched, which is often better.

Karen Anne, regardless, you know, new appliances are fun to get, right? I LOVE new appliances. i don't know, there's something about it. But, I'd be a bit cranky about the noise level, I don't blame you there.

Good point. I, too, really like the different, light hues of khaki, mushroom, or other light neutrals or colors other than white and off white. They do just look like a great alternative to me. Thanks for the comment!

July 4, 2008 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I got the white Viking last fall and I *love* it, but it is definitely a very white white. I was worried about it being too white, since I was getting cabinets from Ikea that came pre-finished in their own white tone, but since the stove stands alone away from the cabinets I took the chance and it's totally fine. I would be more concerned if they butted up against each other.

Kudos on considering something besides the straight-up stainless, though! I'm so happy with the white; it's gorgeous.

July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate F

Oh good! And, if done with a bit of care, different whites can look very good with one another, makes things more interesting sometimes.

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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