|Wolf's latest E Series wall ovens have a "glassy" Black facade - not a spec of stainless steel on the outside. This kitchen has a great mix of materials.|
Stainless steel, believe it or not, has been with us for 26 years. Really. Almost as long as some of my readers have been alive. Greenwood, Mississippi, 1987. Fred Carl, Jr. taps into America's burning desire to be a professional chef and ships his first stainless range for the home, (please cue The Ride of the Valkyries) the
And so began America's quarter of a century long love affair with stainless steel.
|a Sub-Zero side by side refrigerator clad in white (rear wall on the left). The all white cabinetry and appliances look clean and sleek.|
26 years on and that love is as comfortable as an old shoe.
|"Carbon" black Sub-Zero refrigerator freezer. A nice matte finish takes away the retro feel sometimes given off by shiny black.|
But lately that shoe isn't quite so cozy. After all, Americans are nothing if not a bunch of followers who eventually stop following the herd and decide for themselves what they'll put in their kitchens and on their feet. Besides, who doesn't thrill at the thought of a new pair of shoes?
"White is the new stainless", a Whirlpool press release proclaims.
"Black is the new stainless", a Wolf press release proclaims.
"Slate is versatile" says GE (to match your iPad's screen).
Tell me what you think. If you were to do your kitchen over right now, what finish would you choose for your new range, refrigerator and dishwasher? And check out more kitchen ideas on my pinterest board.
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first, third and fourth pics from Sub-Zero Wolf
last picture from the WSJ