Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stainless Steel Appliances-Fad or Future?

Opal from Athens is replacing her appliances and asked if stainless steel is the way to go or if there is another trend on the horizon. Over the years we have seen avocado, harvest gold, aqua, pink, white, black and almond appliances. Some of these colors have come and gone, thank goodness, and some colors have stayed. Most recently we are seeing oil rubbed bronze, graphite, cobalt blue, red, black and stainless steel

I foresee stainless steel, black and white remaining as classic appliance finishes. These finishes are great neutral colors that blend well with whatever cabinetry, flooring, countertop color of style you may have.

White appliances blend well with white cabinets while black appliances work well with darker, stained cabinets. Stainless steel is a good neutral that works well with any finish. Stainless steel is viewed as a more upscale, high end finish. Surprisingly, sometimes there is not that much price difference between black and stainless steel appliances. According to Athens Refrigeration and Appliance, you can assume that stainless steel appliances are about 20% more than black appliances.

If you are like me and can’t walk past the red or cobalt blue appliances without yearning for them in your own home, consider them for your laundry room. A fun color in a small and otherwise boring space could really brighten it up. Imagine how happy you would be to do laundry if you had appliances that brought a smile to your face.

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