Appliance Aesthetics: Stainless steel, cabinet-front, or color?
The two biggest trends in appliances right now are stainless steel/industrial-look and cabinet front. The two looks are very different and suit two very different aestheticsâ€”letâ€™s take a closer look at them both to learn more.
Stainless steel appliances give a kitchen a very industrial/professional kitchen look. Home cooks are becoming more sophisticated and are designing kitchens that reflect the professional feel of an industrial-style kitchen. One of the benefits of stainless steel is that all of your appliances match each other, even if you buy from different brands or lines. If your budget dictates buying one piece at a time, rather than replacing your appliances all at once, this is a good option. Stainless goes with everything, and serves as a â€œneutralâ€ color, so no matter what type of wood, marble, or colors are featured in your kitchen stainless will fit right in. You will have to clean stainless on a regular basis, and thoroughly, to remove smudges from fingerprints. If you think you may sell your home in the future, stainless steel appliances are also great for resale value purposesâ€”home buyers tend to like the look of stainless, so it can help improve the resale value of your home.
If you want a seamless look that camouflages your appliances, cabinet-front is the way to go. You can choose to match your existing cabinetry or if you are doing a complete kitchen remodel you can start from scratch by choosing an entirely new cabinet system. Another option is to choose cabinet front for just one or two appliances you want to disguiseâ€”a dishwasher, or a trash compactor for exampleâ€”while opting for a professional-style stainless steel for the oven and range.
White, Black, and Color
Appliances in traditional white or black are always an option. Generally speaking, white appliances are best in kitchens with lighter wood or kitchens painted in lighter colors; black appliances go well in kitchens done in darker woods (cherry, walnut) or painted dark colors. Some companies offer rangetops and ovens in designer colorsâ€”think blue or avocado enamelâ€”and these can look gorgeous, too; you have to be willing to commit to a color so we recommend consulting with a professional kitchen designer to help you make a decision.
Whether you are thinking about replacing one appliance or doing a complete kitchen overhaul we invite you to stop into the showroom at K&N Sales today! Check out our selection of beautiful, high-end appliances and speak with our team about how we can help you achieve your dream kitchen.