In the industrial sector, stainless steel is chosen for a number of reasons, including strength and corrosion resistance. While these factors come up in the commercial market, stainless steel is primarily embraced for its pleasing sheen. It’s used in all manner of applications as a result, but high-end kitchen appliances are by far the most prominent. However, the prominence of that stainless shine may be leading consumers to look for something new and different, if a little subdued and even industrial. At least that’s what major brands like KitchenAid are banking on as they are now bringing black stainless steel appliances to the mass market.
“KitchenAid described the finish as a combination of ‘the satiny luster of brushed steel with a warm, neutral tone that both increases its adaptability to various kitchen designs and decreases the appearance of fingerprints.’ Translation: an edgier option for those tired of traditional stainless steel. When renovating the House Beautiful kitchen in New Orleans, San Francisco designer Ken Fulk said the days of the all-white-and-stainless-steel kitchen may be nearing an end.”