Depending on your cooking preferences, your appliances may be the most expensive purchase that you make when designing or updating a kitchen. After all, a kitchen without appliances is just a storage room with cabinets and counters.
When you’re buying appliances, the choices can be overwhelming: what do you need? Where should you spend and where can you save? What size? What brand? And – this is typically the first decision you’ll have to make – what color?
Today there are more appliance finishes than ever before to choose from. (Disregarding the era of avocado refrigerators.) Read on to find out the pros and cons of each finish and to view pictures of flawlessly executed finishes.
In years past, stainless steel has been the gold standard for kitchen appliances, a sign that you’ve made it in life. Today, much like granite countertops, stainless appliances are still the first choice in kitchen design but are regularly deemed ubiquitous and overdone by design professionals who have gotten sick of them.
Regardless of the negativity, stainless steel is practical, sleek, and coordinates with virtually all colors and styles of kitchens. While it’s gotten a bad rap for fingerprint-proneness, many manufacturers offer fingerprint-repellent finishes that look like stainless without the need for constant wiping down.