When it comes to kitchen remodeling, one of the most difficult decisions for many homeowners is the finish on the appliances. For a time, there wasn’t really any decision as most everything came in stainless steel. Today, appliance manufacturers have multiple styles of stainless finishes plus many other options. So how do you decide?
Know the Options
Because of the popularity of the original stainless-steel appliance finish, you now have options in stainless in addition to the standard finish that has been around for decades. Depending on the manufacturer, they have different names but, you can find options with names similar to these:
- Black Stainless
- Matte Black, Black Slate, Graphite Grey
- Matte or Slate
Some manufacturers offer a wide variety of colors from reds and blues to retro colors in greens and browns. These are often higher-end appliances and come with a higher price tag.
Be Realistic in Your Choice
Some finishes come only in high-end lines. If that’s not what you need because you’re not a foodie, or they’re not in your budget, don’t look at them. You don’t want to spend more than 20% on your appliances or you’ll have to make significant sacrifices elsewhere.
Don’t Plan Your Kitchen Remodel Around Your Appliance’s Finish
Although you want your appliances to last, they don’t always. You may find yourself replacing them sooner than you had planned. If that ends up being the case and your kitchen is designed around a finish that you can no longer get, you’ll be disappointed. Instead, choose an appliance finish that compliments your cabinets and countertops.
Consider Panel Ready Appliances
If you’re really stuck on choosing your appliance finish, consider ones that are hidden by cabinet fronts. This gives your kitchen a cohesive look and disguises your appliances. It’s a great option when none of the available options seem quite right for your style.
Jamco Unlimited can help you with your entire kitchen remodel from layout to the appliance finish. We’re locally based and have decades of experience in home remodeling. Call us today at (727) 412-8524 for your free initial consultation.