Q: I need to get basic kitchen stuff for my new apartment like a toaster and a blender, but I don't know if I should try to coordinate colors, stick to neutrals or just ignore it all together. Advice? Thanks for the question, Tiffany! Part of the answer will depend on the color scheme of your kitchen. If it's light and airy, white countertop appliances can complement it well, as in this kitchen with birch cabinets. There are some lovely high-end white appliances available, like this self-contained coffee maker by Jasper Morrison.
Black gadgetry will blend well with stainless steel appliances, and is easier to wipe clean as it conceals stains.
But we do love a bit of color, like these neat Bodum toasters or the range of Kitchen Aid countertop appliances. Just be sure the color is something you can live with for 20 years, if your gadget lasts that long, since color trends can date your products to a particular decade. Ultimately, it will depend on your personality. Are you laid back and easy-going, or don't want to spend a lot of time cleaning up? Lean toward neutrals. Do you want a bit of brightness and energy on the counter? Try your hand at some colors. Do you have any tips for Tiffany, or advice on appliances? Share 'em below. (Image: Flickr member olivepress licensed for use under Creative Commons)