Ask any kitchen designer today if appliances have to match, and you'll either get an adamant yes, no, or a "maybe". Do you remember the day of avocado green or dark brown ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, and everything was perfectly matched? Those days are gone. Today, you don't have to colour coordinate your appliances if you don't want to. It's up to your choice in style and design. Today’s kitchen designer will more than likely tell you that it's about the layout, not the style or the colours you choose.
So, do kitchen appliances have to match? Again, a good kitchen designer will tell you it all comes down to what you prefer, although some interior designers will suggest that matching not only your appliances, but your light fixtures and smaller countertop appliances helps to pull a room together and give it a cohesive appearance.
However, do what you can to change up your colour schemes. If you're concerned about matching your appliances, you may opt for stainless steel, which go with just about every type of cabinetry, fixtures, and kitchen furniture you choose. If you're considering matching your appliances, it's also important to take into consideration the type of cabinetry, countertops, and flooring you have. Darker woods, floor style and colouring and countertops look quite nice with white, off-white, or lighter coloured appliances, while lighter cabinetry, countertops and flooring can be beautifully accented with darker coloured appliances such as sleek black.
If you think you want to lean toward matched appliances, consider two-toned elements. Also keep in mind that you don't have to go with the same brand for your refrigerator, your stove, your microwave, or other larger appliances. A kitchen designer can give you advice on what might look best, but ultimately, it's up to you - the homeowner - to decide what type of appliances, as well as colours, styles, and brands you choose.