Is Stainless Steel going out of favor ?
October 30, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are remodeling our kitchen and keep hearing from various sources that stainless steel appliances are going out slowly as the favorite for appliances? Is White "old fashioned:? I don't like fingerprints that clutter stainless steel surfaces. What is the current opinion of options for appliance surfaces?
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Manufacturers keep trying to float alternatives to stainless steel but none of them catch on. The major choices continue to be: stainless, black, or white. Minor choices are: custom cabinetry panels, almond enamel, or for certain manufacturers, vibrant or custom colors such as cobalt, cherry, chartreuse etc. (always much more $$$).

Stainless is here to stay. It is so functional and so practical that regardless of whether you actually like the look or not, it will continue to be sold for decades to come. Likewise, 99.99% of kitchen faucets are polished chrome or brushed nickel and that isn't going to change either.

White isn't old-fashioned, it's a standard choice that is ideal for certain kitchens, particularly smaller, cottagey ones with white cabinets, where stainless might look anachronistic. White could also be used in a very modern way in a higher end kitchen.
October 30, 2013 at 8:17am        Thanked by catbussa
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I like the white glass front appliances in a modern/contemporary white kitchen. Personally, I do not care for white appliances with wood cabinets although I have seen nice examples on houzz, again, generally in modern kitchens.
Here's an ideabook on white appliances - I think you'll see the common denominator is white cabinets.
On the is stainless going out of style question, this comes up often on houzz and the consensus is generally that it is not so long as people want a commercial look and that is what is used in restaurants, etc. (It would be and was my personal preference).
You could also do integrated appliances with your cabinet fronts.

October 30, 2013 at 8:21am        Thanked by catbussa
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Pamela DeCuir Interior Designs
IMHO - I've never been a fan of stainless steel appliances and I realize I am in the minority on this. If you really don't like them - don't use them. If you are doing white cabinets, go ahead and use white appliances. If you are doing dark wood cabinets, then I'd go with black appliances. In my own kitchen, I have soft yellow cabinets and used bisque colored appliances, except for the stove. It's black and leftover from previous home. It looks fine.

I've also done a kitchen where the homeowner had a fairly new black refrigerator. We kept the fridge and added stainless steel for the rest of the appliances. It worked well because most stainless appliances have black on them. Since the fridge is the biggest culprit for the fingerprints, this may be a good option for you too.

Best of luck with your project.
October 30, 2013 at 8:24am      Thanked by catbussa
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What's the style of your kitchen? A mix of stainless and retro can look nice too.

October 30, 2013 at 8:27am      Thanked by catbussa
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My kitchen has a vintage black stove, stainless steel range hood, ceiling fan, cabinet hardware and dishwasher, white cabinets and white fridge. In face the fridge and dishwasher are directly next to each other. I have heard lots of comments about my kitchen and no one has ever said anything about the mismatched color appliances.

If your house and kitchen have enough personality, the appliances won't be the eye-catcher in the room unless you have a showpiece stove. I would go with the appliances which appeal to you, regardless of the finish. Some fridge designs look great in stainless steel while others look silly. The new retro style fridge from GE looks absolutely smashing in black but would look totally ridiculous in stainless. It is your kitchen, go with what you like
October 30, 2013 at 8:52am        Thanked by catbussa
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Kenyon McIntyre Inc.
spot on, as always.
October 30, 2013 at 8:05pm   
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A Kitchen That Works LLC
Stainless is definitely not on it's way out, just read the recently published Houzz homeowner survey. But as previous posters have suggested, go with what appeals to you. One benefit of stainless is that if your kitchen is dark, the stainless can reflect light into the room, making it feel more cheerful. A few tips for keeping stainless looking good: 1) Simply Human has a stainless cleaning mitt that works like a charm (non-toxically) and if you find yourself in a real pickle, WD40 will take care of just about any mess on stainless. Just remember to wipe only in the direction of the grain and you have to do the entire surface, not just the spots.
October 30, 2013 at 8:17pm      Thanked by catbussa
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Check out Viking appliances! Love mine lots of great options for a timeless look
October 31, 2013 at 1:02am      Thanked by catbussa
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