There was an interesting article on MSN’s Real Estate page this week about the housing trends for 2008. Among other things, it claims that stainless-steel appliances are on their way out.
Is Stainless Steel Out?
At the beginning of 2007, I read a similar article claiming that stainless steel was dunzo, and I didn’t believe it then. I still have my doubts. Last year the claim was that stainless would be replaced by white appliances. White? Are you kidding me?
Now, I admit that would work well for me since I have a 10-year old Kenmore in “classic white” that I haven’t gotten around to replacing yet, which would mean that my kitchen is so far behind the trends that it’s . . . ahead again? But I’m skeptical that homeowners will be rushing out to their nearest Big Box retailer any time soon to replace their industrial-looking stainless appliances with the white that was the color we all wanted to have in the ’90s.
This time around, the trend spotters are saying that people have deemed kitchen appliances “too ugly to be seen,” so they will be covering up their stainless refrigerators, dishwashers, etc., with cabinet doors built to fit. Right. Maybe there are people building custom homes or doing major renovations in which they can disguise their kitchens with stealth cabinetry to make them look more like libraries or something, but what about the rest of us?
The way I see it, stainless-steel appliances are sort of like the flat-screen televisions people are displaying on their walls. No one wants to hide their giant Sub-Zero refrigerator after they spent a fortune on it any more than they’d tuck their new 50″ plasma behind one of those clunky “entertainment armoires” of days gone by. If you’ve got it, you want to flaunt it. Right?
I mean, when I finally have the money to replace my circa 1997 refrigerator, I’m certainly not going to hide it in the closet.
But that’s just my opinion. What do you think?
*UPDATE: We revisited this topic in 2010, when naysayers were claiming it was really out now. You can read that article here.
P.S. The kitchen photo at the top of the post was found here if you want to see more of the house it belongs to!