Stainless steel has been the hallmark of the modern American kitchen for years. But today’s appliance launches show that stainless is not the only material fit for modern design seekers. KitchenAid’s new Black Stainless Steel line is a natural evolution, as it has the same material qualities as stainless steel but features a new, warmer tone.
When developing the line, KitchenAid turned to the watch industry, taking note of matte black and brushed metal detailing on modern timepieces.
One of the benefits of black stainless steel is that it hides fingerprints and other marks.
KitchenAid’s refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher are all available in black stainless steel. The black stainless appliances complement traditional stainless pieces, and the two can be mixed and matched in a kitchen.
In addition to new appliance trends, homeowners and kitchen designers are also looking for design-savvy materials elsewhere in the kitchen. While marble remains a popular choice, concrete is being used more widely as a kitchen accent. This kitchen in El Salvador features a hefty concrete island.
High-performance materials like Dekton by Cosentino are new alternatives for granite. The surface is scratch-resistant and easier to clean than stone.
Another increasingly popular option is kitchens that are not static, but can be changed over time. Self-adhesive coverings, like the Squares Squared wallpaper by Chasing Paper ($30 per four-by-two-foot panel), can be swapped out seasonally.