Choosing the Colour and Style of your Washing Machine
Washing machines are traditionally white boxes, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Modern designs feature large porthole doors, contrasting surrounds and high-tech control panels. You’ll even find designs in unusual colours like silver and black.
What style is right for you? Is it worth spending more on a model for its looks? This section of our washing machine buyers guide will help you find the answers.
It’s true to say that many washing machines are white. It’s a colour that fits in with any décor and looks clean and fresh. But there are also other options these days.
Shades of silver and grey are popular, and give a sophisticated, high-tech feel. Graphite is one colour to look for as it’s a term often used by manufacturers.
A huge range of other colours are available, although for some more unusual options you may have to go with a less well known or more expensive brand. Black, red and cream are fairly common.
A huge range of other colours are available, although for some more unusual options you may have to go with a less well known or more expensive brand.
Many of the washing machines on offer these days look fantastic. As a general rule, the most attractive machines are more expensive, but it isn’t always the case.
Large porthole doors are a great design feature that allow you to get your washing in and out more easily, but they also look stunning. Some models use dark or blue glass to create a really dramatic effect.
Selected models also have contrasting door trims in black or chrome, shiny displays or exceptionally well designed control panels.
Should I Worry About Design?
Whether the colour and style of your washing machine is worth worrying about is largely down to where you plan to put it.
If you want a functional machine for a utility or laundry room, the look of the appliance probably isn’t that important. However, if you want it to be the centrepiece of your new kitchen, choosing a stylish model is essential.
A Note on Built-In Models
You might decide that the look of your kitchen is so perfect, you don’t want to see your washing machine at all.
In that case, you could go with a built-in or integrated model. These are installed within your kitchen units and hidden behind a cupboard door.
If you don’t want to see your washing machine, buy an integrated version to hide it from view.