Kitchen Design Ideas for Black Stainless Steel Appliances

Featuring a darker, bolder shade, black stainless appliances have become an increasingly popular choice in today’s kitchens. People love the sleek, modern design and rich color of black stainless steel. While the darker finish is spiking as a kitchen design trend, black stainless is more than just a passing fad--it’s here to stay.

Not a far cry from your classic stainless steel appliances in both style, durability and rust-resistance, black stainless can be a timeless appliance finish. While it does brings a more modern look to your kitchen, black stainless is unlikely to fall out of favor with your next kitchen makeover. The metallic black stainless coating matches almost all cabinet styles and colors without problem. So no matter your taste in design styles and colors, these appliances are sure to work in your kitchen.

Black Stainless Steel Dishwasher
Black Stainless Steel Family Kitchen Breakfast

Why should I switch to black stainless steel appliances?

There are a few smart reasons, beyond great taste, that you may want to switch your kitchen appliances to black stainless. People are loving black stainless steel, because it is surprisingly affordable. Black stainless is a chemical treatment to traditional stainless steel that gives a more modern finish without breaking the bank.

Black stainless appliances are less prone to smudges and fingerprints. They’re also less susceptible to condensation from dishwashers, greasy fingerprints on refrigerators, food and prints on cooktops and ovens, you name it. Smudge-proof and fingerprint-proof means less maintenance and cleaning, which every home cook loves. To clean these appliances, all you’ll need is a soft cloth and warm water.

Just like that little black dress, black stainless will always be in style. So no matter how many times you redesign your kitchen, your appliances can remain the same.

Black Stainless Steel Refridgerator Open Double Doors
Black Stainless Steel Refridgerator Child Opening Doors

Lastly, if you’re thinking about switching to black stainless, there’s no need to replace your entire suite of kitchen appliances all at once. Our black stainless finish blends well with most existing kitchen designs.

Is it ok to mix black and stainless steel appliances?

There is absolutely no rule about perfectly matched appliances. Many people choose to mix appliances in their kitchen design to accommodate their budgets or because they prefer the look of different styles mixed together. Your kitchen, your rules!

The main goal is to make the kitchen look intentionally coordinated, but that doesn’t necessarily mean matchy-matchy! Choosing how to mix black, stainless and/or black stainless appliances may depend on your budget as well as your kitchen design.

Consider how the mix of appliances might look with your countertops, cabinets and flooring, and also think about how your small countertop appliances may bring it all together (or throw it all off).

Black Stainless Steel Oven Baking Muffins
Black Stainless Steel Oven and Range Kitchen Design

If you are in the process of fully transitioning your kitchen to black stainless steel, it is perfectly acceptable to mix black appliances and stainless appliances— especially if your stainless has black accents or handles. This is quite common for the budget-minded who prefer to update their kitchens piece by piece as appliances reach the end of their lives.

Of course, if you prefer a matched look throughout the kitchen, you can always swap your whole kitchen suite out at once to black stainless.

Black Stainless Steel Range Couple Cooking Dinner
Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Design Appliances

However you decide to mix or match, remember that it is up to you to decide whether appliances “go together.” Trust your gut as the interior designer of the home you will live in every day. If you love it, that’s what matters!

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