Have you ever wondered how stainless steel became the most popular finish for kitchen appliances and accessories? Versatile and durable, homeowners took a page out of commercial grade kitchens where stainless steel workhorses are de rigueur. They soon became a status symbol, signifying that the homeowner was a serious cook. Of course, residential stainless steel appliances aren’t quite as durable as their professional counterparts (in some cases, you’d need to structurally reinforce the floor!), but they are also more user-friendly. Although the stainless steel trend is still very popular, some consider the look more cold and utilitarian than clean and streamlined.
The Wall Street Journal reported: “It is a pivotal moment in kitchen design: While stainless steel is still the dominant look, there are clear signals it has outworn its welcome, even with no clear successor in place.”
With the ongoing popularity of open floor plans, the kitchen has been bought into the center of the home, where it’s used equally for cooking, entertaining, and living. This new “social kitchen” concept has encouraged people to introduce unexpected materials and bold colorful appliances in order to create a space that’s warm and welcoming. Like the colors of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet), it’s now possible to have what we call a “ROYGBIV kitchen.” We love the way bright, bold choices seem inspired by the natural ingredients served up in the kitchen. To celebrate this trend, we’ve highlighted some companies whose latest designs will fill your plate with a rainbow of choices.
While black and white might not feel like a leap of faith, the fact that stainless steel is fading into the background is significant. Whirlpool’s White Ice collection is a popular alternative to stainless steel that feels modern and fresh. General Electric has also contributed to this trend with its new Artistry appliance line, which is only available in black and white – stainless steel need not apply. They’re marketing these new products toward young, first time homeowners, who are looking for stylish and affordable appliances. The retro line, which includes stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers, proves that everything old really is new again.
Branching away from black and white, there’s been a resurgence of brightly colored appliances. So far these colorful appliances been used mostly as accent pieces in kitchens, providing welcome pops of color and personality.
For example, Dacor’s Preference collection includes a 24-inch dishwasher in an array of colors, as well as a floating glass front panel in six additional hues. The iconic 50s style SMEG refrigerator is making a comeback, in shades of red, green, orange, lime green, and pastel blue. Bertazonni professional series ranges also give the past a nod, while still feeling modern and chic. Eight colors are available including yellow, orange, red, and wine.
If your style is less retro and more modern, don’t worry – there are plenty of options for you, too. How about a stove in emerald green or lilac? Blue Star has got you covered with a rainbow of appliances like the ones pictured here. Prizer’s new Jewel Tones collection offers hoods in hues inspired by rare gems, with choices like ruby, emerald, sapphire, topaz, amethyst, and mahogany. Even Viking recently spun the color wheel when they released a suite of appliances in shades of blue, forest green, burgundy, and plum.
No matter what your taste, there’s a color choice that can satisfy your craving. The next time your shopping for appliances, step away from the stainless steel and allow this cornucopia of colors guide you toward bolder choices and a brighter future – at least as far as your kitchen is concerned.