So. We are in the market for a new refrigerator, since the one in our new home has issues.
As you can seen in this post, we have cream cabinets, a white microwave, a black stove, and across from the stove, a black dishwasher. Talk about a mish-mash. The fridge is the first thing we’re replacing in the kitchen, and I don’t want to get stainless steel unless we plan to eventually buy all stainless steel appliances. Here are my reservations:
1. I don’t know that it will go that well with cream. Most of the colors we’re using on the main floor are softened blues and greens that go well with cream. To me, stainless doesn’t seem like it would go well. But…I don’t know that white would, either, and “bisque” varies so much from company to company that unless we buy all one brand at one time (which we don’t need to and can’t afford), our appliances could be very mis-matched. Here is an example of a kitchen where I think the stainless doesn’t fit successfully:
2. My style is not modern. I love the look of stainless steel in a sleek, modern kitchen with black or white cupboards.
But we are more “casual farmhouse” than “urban industrial,” and I don’t want something completely incongruous. Here is one kitchen in my style that I think pulls it off successfully (though the cabinets are white, not cream):
3. Stainless steel has been “in” since the early 2000s, and usually decor trends that have been around that long (chocolate brown, anyone?) are soon “out.” I’m not that concerned about other pieces of our home, like wall paint and carpet, because they get changed more often (at least, I sure hope!) than something like a refrigerator. When we were house searching, my husband was definitely drawn to kitchens that had stainless appliances, but I think that’s usually because they were all newer homes, or had recently had the kitchens fully-renovated. But will stainless steel’s appeal fade over the next few years? Would we be safer going with a more timeless color, like white?
4. I realize that every Tom, Dick and Harry on HGTV is still using stainless steel (and I think that’s partially what has made it so popular), but how much longer will that last?
5. I’m not sure I like the clean-up that goes along with it. I hear many stories of constantly having to wipe fingerprints, and one more thing to spot-clean doesn’t sound great to me.
What is your experience with stainless steel? What are your predictions regarding its fate?
Thanks to John and Sherry’s post about their washer and dryer purchase, I was able to score the same pair they purchased at 43% off. I bought white ones.