Stainless Steel Still Reigns

Stainless steel has been the most popular appliance material for 15 years now and it’s not showing any sign of conceding. Manufacturers have been trying for years to come up with the next big color trend in appliances, but stainless isn’t giving up. That commercial look of stainless makes the most unseasoned of cooks feel like Mario Batali, and it looks good with just about any cabinet and countertop you can shake a stick at. With the most daring of consumers opting for even stainless steel countertops it seems like stainless owns everything except the kitchen sink… oh wait…

While everyone thinks that stainless steel is great, nobody’s saying the entire kitchen should gleam like a medieval knight. Sometimes having that one strong stainless piece makes it all the more eye-popping. For instance, an integrated refrigerator plus a bold commercial stainless steel range with a sleek exhaust can give the desired effect without the feel of an operating room.  Or a combination oven with a side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator, mixed in with some wood paneled appliances, can give the appeal of steel with some added country warmth. Stainless is a safe choice if you’re planning on changing out your appliances, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be daring with your appliance choices.

Stainless is a privilege, not a right, and as with all material selections, judicious application is the hallmark of good taste. As a foundational element, though, it is the choice of top-notch designers and first-tier chefs alike.