Several weeks ago while previewing homes with a client, I came across a town home in Burke that was clearly a “flipped” property. The kitchen had been gutted to include quartz countertops, a metallic subway tile backsplash, fixtures, lights and these stunning white appliances. Whirlpool White Ice, I later learned. Combined with the sleek IKEA cabinetry (that is also becoming a popular alternative to the five figure kitchen renovation), I assumed the appliances were an extension of European influence – something common that I had been blissfully unaware of.
Most house hunters consider themselves to be pros worthy of a reality-TV show when they can identify design elements of a bygone decade. Colorful commodes from the 60′s, wallpaper and shag of the 70′s and gunstock oak flooring that reminds us all of the 90′s. While white has always been relied on as a timeless classic, I know most homeowners don’t share that opinion when it comes to the their kitchen appliances. White is old. Or is it? I see hundreds of real estate listings with stainless steel appliances as the grade of choice. It’s expected. What can you have in your kitchen if it’s not stainless? Black? White? Olive green? Undeniably, if it’s not mentioned, it’s not stainless.
Are we reaching the end of a stainless era? Can these new appliances be the new way to breath life back in to predictable kitchens? Or is it too much of a risk spending thousands of dollars on a trend? Weigh in, we’d love to hear your opinions!