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Alternatives to Stainless Steel Appliances

September 6, 2016Kitchen Remodeling

Alternatives to Stainless Steel Appliances: Meet A New Generation of Appliance Finishes

Stainless steel appliances have long been a staple in kitchens new and old. Stainless steel gained popularity as a finish for appliances in the ’90s, replacing their black and white counterparts that were so prevalent in the ’80s. Stainless steel has remained the default choice of the limited finish selections in appliances until recently.

A new trend is emerging, with appliance manufacturers starting to offer other finish alternatives to the standard run of-the-mill stainless steel. At Meadowlark, we’re embracing this trend and so are our clients, who are incorporating these new finishes into their kitchen designs.

Colored Stainless Steel: Samsung, LG and KitchenAid now offer a Black Stainless collection that is similar to standard stainless steel but has a black-hued coating. Similarly, Whirlpool offers a Sunset Bronze finish- a warm golden hue that’s designed to provide a distinctive look while still coordinating with existing kitchen designs and cabinetry.

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Whirlpool Sunset Bronze appliances pair beautifully with these cabinets and finishes. Image courtesy of Whirlpool

If you are not a fan of glossy or shiny finishes, GE offers a matte slate finish –a subtle warm gray hue that doesn’t show fingerprints. Blue Star, a company that specializes in commercial-style appliances for residential use, has a Precious Metals collection that includes colors like Infused Copper, Statuary Bronze and Enchanted Sand.


KitchenAid Black Stainless appliances. Image courtesy of KitchenAid

Enamel Colored Appliances: Viking, Bertazzoni and Blue Star offer commercial-style appliances in an array of shades like red, yellow, orange and blue. Blue Star actually offers ranges in 750+ different colors. The Big Chill offers retro, pro and classic styles in a collection of nostalgic colors.

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This matching range and hood from the Big Chill Classic Collection create a dramatic focal point. Photo: BigChill.com

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Image courtesy of Houzz and BigChill.com

Mix and match! This turquoise retro refrigerator from Big Chill makes an impact while the other appliances coordinate with the white perimeter cabinet color.

While the tradition of stainless steel appliances is by no means falling by the wayside, appliance manufacturers are recognizing the demand for other finish options. If you are remodeling a kitchen or replacing appliances, consider the design possibilities of going with either a colored stainless or enamel finish instead defaulting to stainless.

 Are you looking for alternatives for your kitchen?  We’d love to explore the possibilities with you!

By Rachael McClain