Black Appliances, Matte Finishes

Matte black faucets from Kohler seen at KBIS 2017
Black stainless fridge from GE KBIS 2017
Black stainless range from Frigidaire KBIS 2017
Black stainless wall ovens from LG KBIS2017

<<UPDATE>> Miele is  promoting Obsidian Black appliances. Check them out at  Miele has a full page ad in Architectural Digest September 2017.

Also in the September issue of AD is an ad for Zephyr exhaust hoods in black stainless steel. 


Back in June we wrote about the possibility that black stainless steel might unseat regular stainless as the finish of choice for appliances. If you missed it, you can read the blog post here.

A few months have elapsed since then, and we’ve been to the Kitchen and Bath Show in Orlando. We're back and here to report that stainless as a favorite appliance finish is on its last legs.

And it’s not just stainless, it’s anything shiny in the kitchen that has fallen out of favor with designers and homeowners.  Polished granite, sparkling chrome, and shiny sleek stainless have been the favorite finishes for years, but the design pendulum is swinging toward matte finishes.

Black stainless steel was everywhere at the KBIS 2017 show. Though the finish has been available at the higher end for a while, it's now being shown across all appliance lines by the major manufacturers, including LG, GE, Kenmore, Samsung and Frigidaire.

Frigidaire showed black stainless at KBIS; see photos above.

Samsung has a 2-page spread in the February issue of ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST touting the introduction of their “matte black built-in kitchen appliances.” The appliances are shown installed in cabinets with a matte finish. “Matte” is everywhere.

We saw matte finishes on a wide array of fixtures and surfaces. The big players in kitchen and bath fixtures – think Delta, Kohler and Moen – displayed faucet lines in matte black finishes, which – just coincidentally -- coordinate beautifully with black stainless steel.

Even among the many, many countertops shown at KBIS 2017, honed finishes and suede finishes—as opposed to the polished look that has been so popular—were everywhere, and designers were loving them.