Builder magazine senior editor Jennifer Goodman looks at kitchen appliance trends.

Leading the way are appliances with a black stainless steel finish such as KitchenAid’s “new neutral” look. These styles in appliances Goodman writes “add warmth and sophistication to the kitchen.” Furthermore, black stainless steel finishes add to the KitchenAid’s new appliance collection by featuring "features satin textured stainless steel handles, chrome inlaid frames, and unique KitchenAid brand medallions, available in red and other optional colors that serve as a finishing stamp on the side of every handle.”

Another trend in kitchen appliances is “retro chic.” Big Chill out of Boulder, Colo. has a new line of appliances feature “rugged metals, velvety colors, and distinct finishes.”

The Classic series was inspired by American industrial chic design, a movement that finds beauty in aged, utilitarian design, says Big Chill president Orion Creamer. Characterized by reclaimed woods, exposed brick, ductwork on the ceiling and worn textures mixed with hardy metals, this aesthetic works either as an all-encompassing design or just as a small accent mixed with another style, says Creamer.
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