Appliances: Black is The New Stainless (Sounds like a new pilot for HBO) …As the world trends, so do kitchens. Once clients have decided that stainless steel appliances are the way to go since they have been trending for so many years, up comes another trend. Will stainless steel ever lose it edge? Manufactures like Wolf and General Electric are counting on it. According to Wolf, “Black is the new stainless steel”. Take a look at the new contemporary ovens from Wolf in highly reflective black glass.


Wolf Black Appliances and Wall Ovens

Highly Reflective Black Glass from Wolf


While Miele has always been a proponent of fashionable black glass, they have now put all their appliances on a diet with black glass, touches of stainless steel, and low profile handles – a far cry from the “chunky-monkey” handles of the past.


Black is the new Stainless! appliances in black by Miele


With these heavy hitters taking the lead, can all the other manufactures be far behind? I say not – Look for “Slate” from General Electric and “Black Steel” from Electrolux.


GE Slate Appliances

Slate from GE

Electrolux Black Appliances photo

Black Steel from Electrolux


…and how do you like this look from La Cornue? Grace took this photograph at EuroCucina in Milan last week. This limited-edition version of the oven will be tough to find because only three per continent will be released.





image wacky wednesday at kitchen designs by ken kelly

For those with stainless, don’t panic. Stainless steel is not dead since there are so many products that coordinate with this finish like sinks & faucets, backsplash tile, decorative lighting, and cabinet hardware.

The next time your are looking to replace your appliances consider how great a LBD looks (little black dress).



…by Mario J. Mulea, CR –



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