New trends in kitchen style are exploding just now with hot new natural looks and finishes showing up everywhere. Kitchen appliances are far from lagging behind in this department, and have a number of trends coming forward of their own. Among these is a shift in style from the ubiquitous stainless steel that has dominated the market for the last several years.
New Metal Finish
Metal finishes across the board in the kitchen are moving away from the cool touch of steel. Finishes are becoming warmer with bronze and copper making a significant comeback. Kitchen appliances are not immune to this trend, and copper appliances are becoming extremely popular. Keep in mind, however, that the biggest movement isn’t being seen among the manufacturers; it’s the bespoke pieces instead. Homeowners are having copper range hoods and appliance doors being made specifically for their kitchens, which are leading the way in this trend.
Bold New Colors
For those that can’t afford a custom copper dishwasher, the other big trend in style is a shift toward bold new colors. Manufacturers across the board are coming out with stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators in colors like turquoise, red, and navy blue. Unlike the Harvest Gold of the 70’s, however, these colors are timeless, and are made to blend in with some of the other kitchen color trends to create a statement in the space.
Appliance panels are not new, but they’ve never been this popular before. While modern and transitional kitchens are using copper and bold colors in their appliances, formal and traditional kitchens are taking a different route. They’re using appliance panels to conceal and hide their appliances from sight.
Appliance panels are extensions of the cabinet doors you use in the rest of your kitchen. They fit over the appliance front, concealing it. So instead of a dishwasher, you simply see a larger cabinet door. Look for more cabinet makers to offer these panels, as well as for appliance manufacturers to offer models that can use the panels easily without blocking things like ice makers in the door.