Are Stainless Steel Appliances in Style for 2012?
We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea":
"Dear Andrea, To keep a kitchen up to date for 2012, what color appliances would you recommend? If stainless steel is on it's way out, I don't want to have a kitchen full of it!!"
According to Andrea Enns, Stanton Homes' Interior Design Expert, Stainless Steel is Here to Stay
"In review of interior design trends as outlined by three top design associations, Color Association of the United States, the Appliance Manufacturers Association, and Pantone (whose color forecasts have been relied upon for decades by manufacturers and designers around the globe) stainless steel appliances are a safe investment.
New Home Kitchen Design Budgets Keep Going Up
In quick terms, kitchen design is continuing to be the front runner of focus in new homes. In no other room are we seeing as much attention to detail.
Along with that, kitchen budgets are still creeping higher in relation to the rest of the house.
Formal living rooms and even formal dining rooms are fading into the past and are thus eliminating the need for money spent on furniture and expensive decor that will never be used by the average homeowner.
Kitchens are the Heart of the Home
Kitchens are being recognized as not only the heart of the home, but also quite often the focal point and centerpiece.
Often open to large great rooms, the kitchen now looks less "kitcheny" and more often like an inviting place to gather and entertain.
The decorative elements that are strong right now include natural finishes like wood and stone but they are complimented by glass, shiny metallics, special attention to lighting details, and even crystal.
Stainless Steel Maintains its Popularity in 2012 Design Trends
Stainless steel will continue to be a favored choice for your kitchen appliance finish.
Since stainless steel has been used in the best kitchens for over a century due to its universal appeal, its ability to provide a sterile surface, its shiny appearance, as well as its association with luxury.
Don't like Stainless Steel? You're in Luck.
The second most popular color is currently black, which is due to its more formal appearance in relation to the rest of the common areas of your home:
Hopefully you have found these insights helpful. Best of luck with the building of your new custom home."
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