Spring colors explode on the kitchen scene — creating designs that are ‘out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’

You prepare sumptuous meals. You gather with family and friends. You rehash the day’s events. You plan for what comes next. The American kitchen has earned its place as the most storied, “grounding” room in the house.

Which is why — every new spring season — homeowners race to fill the space with the newest in spring colors to revitalize and renew following the drab winter months. And, as always, Elmira has its finger on the pulse of “tasty” spring color designs you should consider.

1947_BY_FULLCommon shades of white and slate give colors the chance to pop

We’ll start with spring kitchen color possibilities. Granted, not every homeowner feels the need to turn their kitchens into bold palettes of color; some prefer to tiptoe into the world of color. If that’s you, there are still plenty of opportunities to allow colors to pop off of a more traditional neutral background.

For example, award-winning residential architect Gil Shafer of G.P. Schafer Architect, PLLC, loves the power of painting the interior kitchen cabinets for a striking look. Shafer recommends starting with a clean white or off-white primary color and then painting the cabinet insides with an adventurous complimentary color — think of a shade that will highlight a beautiful china set or other kitchen design accessory.

Confident colors and bold placements are all the spring rage in 2017

So, exactly which colors will take their places in kitchen designs and redesigns this coming spring? Well, we’re glad you are confident enough to ask—because confidence is the color theme for this new and vibrant season. Check out the shades that will make the scene:

  • Buttercup yellow. We’re talking a wholesome, welcoming look that isn’t as risky as lemon yellow, yet still delivers an unmistakable feeling of relaxation every time you walk into the kitchen.
  • Robin’s Egg blue. Not blue as in sadness, but blue as in the delicate layers of an egg — guaranteed to inspire your friends and family into a new dynamic.
  • Mineral gray. This darker shade is perfect for the traditionalist looking to go with a bold color while keeping things close to the cuff.
  • Mint green. Nothing freshens a room into an ode to nature than this lighter shade of green — a green that’s just waiting to be paired with a rich beige.
  • Pastel pink. Yes, we said it — a boldly pink kitchen area. It’s feminine. It’s delicate. And, it really just makes you feel good to prepare sumptuous meals while bathed in pink.

Spring is in the details — which is why new appliances make a difference

The secret to a truly unique spring color redesign for your kitchen is to extend your experimentation past the walls, cabinets, and countertops. Every kitchen redesign project covers those areas. However, not enough homeowners colorize the kitchen with the next largest surface area — the appliances.

Consider selecting ranges, refrigerators, wall ovens, microwaves, and dishwasher panels that feature explosive color and design elements. Extending your design to these pieces will be what kicks your results up from ordinary to extraordinary.

If you’re ready to give your kitchen a spring makeover that will turn heads, Elmira has what you need to get it done. Our unique lines of kitchen appliances are bathed in the fresh spring colors you’re looking for to complete a truly dramatic redesign. Call us today at 800-295-8498 to speak to one of our experts.

Pantone + Elmira: Spring Forward in Style With These Colorful Appliances!

Every year, spring ushers in a fresh season of renewal. Flowers bloom, trees bud with new leaves and fashion reveals new trends. Every spring and fall, the international color authority Pantone® releases a seasonal color report that ultimately shapes the top trends throughout fashion and home decor.

This year’s report highlights a few colors that are strikingly similar to color options of our own Northstar collection and we couldn’t be happier to see how “on trend” our retro kitchen appliances have continued to be! We have to stop and think: given how long our Northstar “retro” colors have been popular… are they trendy or timeless??? We’d like to think the latter, or perhaps both!

photo 1 - greenWhen spring approaches, one of the first colors to come to mind is green. Lucite Green is “fresh and clarifying” with a “minty glow.” Our Northstar appliances in Mint Green bring spring’s soothing sentiment into your kitchen.


Time to welcome the yellow warmth of the sun and spring flowers. Infuse your home with perpetual joy and cheer with our Buttercup Yellow Northstar appliances. Alongside sweet, comforting kitchen accessories in Pantone’s Custard hue, your kitchen will put a smile on your family and guests’ faces.


photo 3 - pinkJust like the many pink flowers blossoming this season, Strawberry Ice is a “subtle and charming” nod to the song “Think Pink” from the 1957 classic Paris springtime movie starring Audrey Hepburn, “Funny Face.” Channel Audrey and “think Flamingo Pink” this spring with our 1950s Northstar appliances!


photo 4 - blueSpring’s beautiful, blue skies have a tough time competing with Scuba Blue’s vibrant ode to your favorite tropical beach! You can create your kitchen oasis with our Robin’s Egg Blue Northstar appliances, similar to this family’s beach home.


photo 5 - grayFor a more masculine option, Glacier Gray is an ideal neutral that allows any (or all!) of the above colors to pop and shine in your kitchen. Our Quicksilver Northstar appliances are “stain-least” due to their ability to resist streaking, marking and fingerprints. Spring cleaning just got easier!

These are just a few of the options available for our Northstar appliances, but we can also create custom colors that will perfectly suit your kitchen design dreams!

Pastels…for Easter Eggs and the Fridge You Keep Them In! DIY Pastel Eggs

With Spring in full bloom, pastels are everywhere you look! From Easter eggs to fresh-budding flora, we’re reminded that the cold and dreary winter is past. There’s nothing like a little color to brighten your mood, and your home! Bring a little of that Spring cheer into the kitchen with one of our vintage-inspired pastel Northstar appliances-in pastel colors. Check out our fun DIY for pastel egg coloring, and tasty deviled eggs!


Here’s a fun DIY project that will get you in the mood for spring; Pastel Eggs.  First, you can get creative and dye eggs in some fun colors, then turn them into edible snacks for your family and friends. Use the traditional method of dying eggs, but save your colors, because not only can you dye the shell of the eggs, you can dye the hardboiled egg whites, whip up the yolks with some mayo, and you’ve got fun colored deviled eggs!

Here’s how:

  • Hard boil eggs for 10 minutes using your Elmira stove!
  • Use mugs, small bowls or cups as the “dye bath” for the eggs
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in each dye bath
  • Using a spoon, gently dunk the eggs into the dye baths, mixing colors as you wish
  • Let the dyed eggs dry and store in your Elmira refrigerator


Follow the directions on our April Retro Recipe to make delicious pastel deviled eggs by re-using the dye bath from your colored eggs!


You can find this Retro Recipe and others on our Facebook and more DIY tips posted daily on our Twitter !

To purchase our fun and hip pastel Northstar line of appliances, check out our website !

Ideas for Spring Remodeling Projects

Spring in the air! It’s that time of year again: the warm weather is giving consumers the urge to do more around their homes and neighborhoods. If you’ve got the urge to make changes to your house, consider some of these spring remodeling projects that can bring added comfort and enjoyment to you and your family:

1. Improve Your Entryway and Windows – Adding a new door and windows can improve a tired facade (and entice future buyers if you’re selling your home). By installing ENERY STAR rated windows, you can gain as much as a 30 percent reduction in energy use and boost curb appeal at the same time.

2. Add Insulation – Spring and summer can heat up your home in a hurry, especially in southern regions. Better insulation keeps the air inside cool and, once the winter cold returns, more heat will stay inside too.

3. Fix Your Floors – Over time, floors can take a beating from human and pet traffic. Consider new flooring for one room or several, which can add a whole new look and feel to your spaces.

4. Show Your Kitchen Some Love – There are many reasons why everyone congregates in the kitchen – it’s the home of two life sources (food and water) and it’s just fun to be there. If your kitchen isn’t looking or feeling its best, consider a partial or complete “refresh”. Even something as simple and economical as updating your cabinet pulls and knobs can make a big difference. Or maybe add a showcase appliance!

5. Give Your Bathroom a Makeover – Tired of the tile and other outdated features in the bathroom? There are a variety of ways – from fixture replacements to more extensive remodeling – to improve this all-important place in your home.

6. Don’t Forget the Exterior of Your Home – Winter weather can be hard on the outside of your home. Make sure the exterior is in good condition, not just for the aesthetic benefits, but also to maintain structural integrity.

For more information on Elmira Stove Works and our antique and retro appliances, please visit us online at www.elmirastoveworks.com.

Spring Cleaning 101

It’s about that time of year again, time to start the annual spring cleaning! Before jumping right into your cleaning, check out these 10 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips…

1. Formulate a Plan and Set Reasonable Goals

Jot down the areas of your home that you need to clean, come up with a plan, and be sure to budget your time accordingly so you don’t get distracted.

2. Check Your Cleaning Supplies

Make sure you have all the supplies you will need before starting your clean-a-thon. Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through a project and realizing that you are out of supplies.

3. Involve Your Children

If not working while they are napping, try giving them small tasks to accomplish, that will both keep them occupied and help you achieve your goals.

4. Tackle One Area At A Time

It is hard to not get distracted by various projects throughout the house, but it is extremely helpful to work on one area at a time. Stay focused.

5. De-clutter Before Cleaning

Save yourself a headache and get rid of the unneeded trash and clutter before cleaning. It will keep you focused and… sane.

6. Use Bins to Organize the “Get-Rid-Of” Stuff

Instead of dividing up things into separate piles, use plastic bins to keep them organized. Separate in various categories: garage sale, donate, garbage, etc.

7. Open the Windows for Fresh Air

It is refreshing to open the windows and have fresh air flowing through the house, especially after being cooped up for several months during the winter.

8. Clean Each Room From Top to Bottom

Start at the ceiling/light fixtures and work your way down the walls, over furniture and down to the floor and baseboards.

9. Change Up Accessories

Since it is spring, try switching out darker heavier accessories with lighter and brighter accessories to bring a fresh look to each room.

10. Create a Daily Cleaning Schedule

After you have finished all of the hard work, put together a cleaning schedule to make sure things stays nice and clean year-round.

Elmira Spring Colors!

Spring is here, and that means color. Lots and lots of color. Flowers are blooming, pastel-colored spring clothes are reappearing, and Elmira has spring-colored Northstar appliances to match!

Buttercup Yellow, Robin’s Egg Blue, Flamingo Pink, Bisque and Mint Green are the soft colors consumers can go for this spring. They can provide a feast for the eyes, and the appliances will help you prepare a feast for your taste buds as well.

In addition to these colors, Northstar appliances from Elmira Stove Works offer custom-color options, with which homeowners can customize appliances to match or complement any décor.

Spring is all about fresh style, and the latest trends from the runway to the home. No design trend is fresher today than “retro.” For the enthusiast who must have everything, Northstar retro-styled appliances offer hot looks and high technology. Complete with rounded corners, chrome trims and trendy colors, no aspect has been overlooked. Each appliance is custom-built to the specifications of each consumer’s order.

Classic meets chic is a design motif we’re seeing for this season. Taking traditional design and livening it up with hot spring colors. This picture is the perfect example of this. Notice the robin’s egg blue colors, buttercup yellows and light mint greens, as well as various shades of pink. Elmira has captured this spring color palette with their array of Northstar colors.

So while you’re doing your spring shopping and/or cleaning, keep the colorful Northstar appliances in mind as a way to give your kitchen a fresh spring look.