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Old 07-24-2017, 02:46 PM
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I have read that SS is maybe falling out of favor with some. However, I don't think it's all washed up and causing homes to not sell due to being "dated".

Black stainless being a fad, could be, but I do like the look of it for something different. As far as the colored appliances, most tend to be extremely expensive and higher end pieces, we aren't really into them anyway. It'll either be regular old washed up SS or the new fad BSS, likely in the Kitchenaid brand as we have access to supplier discounts with them.

I have a Wolf range top in my current home, love it but not going that route in this home which is a beach build that will see some renters. Hell, even KA might not be a great idea with renters in the mix.
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Originally Posted by dev View Post
Houzz is for consumers/people looking to others for design trends.

Range tops are one area where stainless (good stainless) is practical, if it is a gas range top.
Wall ovens, or other high-heat appliances are not going to use panels, but the true high-end ones are often some color, not stainless, in truly high-end homes.

BTW, I am basing my input here on the fact that as part of my job I have often met high net-worth people in their homes for discussions. I am not looking at Houzz, or going by what the latest neighborhood housewife-turned-decorator says is a hot trend.

Even looking at recently renovated houses in my immediate area that are >$1,000,000 listings (not exactly a high bar) black appliances are the most common (admittedly with stainless gas cooktops when not electric), after matching panels/trim from the cabinets when people have selected higher-end appliances.
So you go into a couple high end homes and you can identify what's in, but the true pros on Houzz that only do high end homes have no baring. Interesting...

Do you even have clue what Houzz is?
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Did somebody say stainless steel is falling out of favor? LOL... I hear Harvest Gold enamel sinks are going to make a come back too. LOL.

Stainless Steel is like White Subway tile. Timeless.
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So you go into a couple high end homes and you can identify what's in, but the true pros on Houzz that only do high end homes have no baring. Interesting...

Do you even have clue what Houzz is?
BTW, I have mentioned how/why I formed my opinion on this topic, meanwhile you have mostly just thrown stones. What are your credentials when it comes to knowing the finer details of current high-end kitchen design trends?

As for Houzz, go to their Kitchen Appliances/Ovens page for example, sorting by "popular today", the top unit is a black oven (at least when I just went to the page). Then a stainless model, then a mostly black model with stainless trim. Not that this is statistically significant data, but the one specific you have mentioned in this thread, a catch-all consumer-oriented design idea site, doesn't even overly support your position.

Your responses have the kind of tone of someone with little credibility to stand on. You are probably upset because you bought stainless appliances.
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Stainless steel is out. Black stainless is sooo 2016. The hottest fashion to dress up your appliances?
Harvest Gold!
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Did somebody say stainless steel is falling out of favor? LOL... I hear Harvest Gold enamel sinks are going to make a come back too. LOL.

Stainless Steel is like White Subway tile. Timeless.
Stainless and subway tile are the design crutches of the decorating 'industry'.
Both safe bets for mid-range designs, and "timeless" only in their lack of creativity.
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Stainless and subway tile are the design crutches of the decorating 'industry'.
Both safe bets for mid-range designs, and "timeless" only in their lack of creativity.
Next you're gonna tell me that cargo shorts aren't cool anymore and I'm gonna have to see the barber to get my mullet trimmed.
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I as a custom cabinet builder find this post amusing to say the least, the op asked a simple fn question on the black stainless appliances. Sir in my opinion based on my customer feedback is my customers love them, If you want to flame me it's ok, but please provide info that you have been in my shoes since 1977
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Originally Posted by dev View Post
Stainless and subway tile are the design crutches of the decorating 'industry'.
Both safe bets for mid-range designs, and "timeless" only in their lack of creativity.
Uh-Huh. You must be a "creative type"... so how does that work?

Do something trendy that looks great for the first 2 weeks the poor slob has it in their house. Then they realize that gray Laminate cabinets with silver tile and white counters are no longer "in" and the poor slob calls you in two years to do their kitchen all over again in whatever is the current rage?

Got to give you credit... I'm certain it makes you some good coin.

Walk into any high-end home designed tastefully and you'll see some very common elements. And it sure isn't harvest gold appliances or gray formica cabinets. LOL.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
Uh-Huh. You must be a "creative type"... so how does that work?

Do something trendy that looks great for the first 2 weeks the poor slob has it in their house. Then they realize that gray Laminate cabinets with silver tile and white counters are no longer "in" and the poor slob calls you in two years to do their kitchen all over again in whatever is the current rage?

Got to give you credit... I'm certain it makes you some good coin.

Walk into any high-end home designed tastefully and you'll see some very common elements. And it sure isn't harvest gold appliances or gray formica cabinets. LOL.
No, I'm not a "creative type". I see a lot of higher-end properties, but what I am involved in has nothing to do with aesthetics of someones kitchen.

And, if you re-read my replies here, I have never advocated for super cutting-edge designs, finishes, etc. I am just saying that stainless is on a downward trend, which always tends to start from the very top of the market and work its way down.
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Originally Posted by Denver Dave View Post
Stainless steel is out. Black stainless is sooo 2016. The hottest fashion to dress up your appliances?
Harvest Gold!

Goes good with the blue bathtub and sink..


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My Mom's kitchen was featured in Fine Homebuilding. Hard to believe it with all those old school stainless appliances lol.

Her kitchen is SICK.
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Originally Posted by Darrellfla View Post
Funny you asked,

we just bought LG black stainless range, micro, and dishwasher. We were replacing some builder-grade GE stainless steel appliances that had a few issues.

We like the look a lot. Fingerprints were our major appearance issue with the regular stainless appliances, and the black SS is not completely smudge-free, but definitely much better. So far, we are very happy with the purchase decision.
Yes us too. We have all black stainless appliances from LG. You can see finger prints and other gunk on them. We had some brushed stainless appliances previous and they weren't to bad with junk on them but the black appliances seem better.
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NO!!! Dinoc wrapped appliances by far the hottest trend anywhere AND I STARTED IT (or I will at some point 😊 ). Now, about those pesky cargo shorts bashings lol - I admit I occasionally still will wear a pair of cargo shorts. Honestly sometimes you just need extra room to carry stuff and it's either them have your pockets stuffed like George Costanza or THEORY FANNY PACK!!! I'll give you cargo pants though. Yes, anyone wearing them do in fact look like they are about to go on safari or hike thru the jungle or something. On the practical side, if I'm wearing pants odds are it's cold enough out I'm wearing some kind of swearshirt, breaker or jacket all of which will have some pockets. Also worth noting and not sure why, anytime you do see someone with cargo pants on its gaurunteed they are gonna be wrinkled beyond repair and have a pair of crusty shoes on.
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I as a custom cabinet builder find this post amusing to say the least, the op asked a simple fn question on the black stainless appliances. Sir in my opinion based on my customer feedback is my customers love them, If you want to flame me it's ok, but please provide info that you have been in my shoes since 1977
You need a new pair of shoes.
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My wife and I are kind of odd.....we want to see dirt and grime so that it can be removed.

I like the look of SS. With that said, in a few days we are buying a new residence with black appliances. They look pretty neat under or on the black stone countertops.
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Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on who you ask here, we have all stainless steel appliances.

You want no finger prints and a nice smooth looking finish?

Clean the stainless with a clean cloth and water.

Get a dry cloth, and spray WD-40 on the cloth, then all over the stainless. lasts weeks before you have to do it again.

The newer WD 40 that doesn't smell much, not that 20 year old, old rusty can you have behind everything in your top box.
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I think you all should have your man cards removed.....
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BTW, I have mentioned how/why I formed my opinion on this topic, meanwhile you have mostly just thrown stones. What are your credentials when it comes to knowing the finer details of current high-end kitchen design trends?

As for Houzz, go to their Kitchen Appliances/Ovens page for example, sorting by "popular today", the top unit is a black oven (at least when I just went to the page). Then a stainless model, then a mostly black model with stainless trim. Not that this is statistically significant data, but the one specific you have mentioned in this thread, a catch-all consumer-oriented design idea site, doesn't even overly support your position.

Your responses have the kind of tone of someone with little credibility to stand on. You are probably upset because you bought stainless appliances.
I formed my opinion when I designed my custom house and looked at just about every high end kitchen out there. I saw very very very few kitchens with black appliances, too cold for a space that is the key to your house.

Houzz is filled with pros that design multi million dollars houses, not some guy that happens to visit a few nice homes and is somehow now an expert.

I do have stainless because it's timeless. I didn't want to redo my kitchen on my appliances because I went with a fad that dated itself in a few years.

But hey...you've been in a few nice kitchens when visiting for work...
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Originally Posted by dev View Post
Stainless and subway tile are the design crutches of the decorating 'industry'.
Both safe bets for mid-range designs, and "timeless" only in their lack of creativity.
No doubt...when people invest large sums of money into their kitchens/houses, they want the investment back, and they want it to look good for years to come.

Let me guess, you went for that weathered wood look from 10 years ago, because you were trendy.

Subway tile and marble will be in style forever. You're little black appliance fad will be over in 15 minutes.

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