There has been talk about the death of stainless steel appliances for a few years but it is still the runaway favorite. That said, General Electric's matte grey Slate finish appliances sold twice as well as expected last year, and they say they will be Appliances-slate1introducing more offerings in 2014.

Are we on the cusp of a new kitchen aesthetic? After years of flaunting commercial style kitchens, there may be a trend toward a softer look with more rounded edges and handles and less metallic sheen. 

I haven't seen evidence of a trend towards the newer White Ice collection, but I could see slate gaining traction. It is softer with a matte finish, and blends in with existing stainless, white or black appliances so you don't necessarily have to buy a whole kitchen of new appliances at the same time.

What may be one of its biggest pluses is the fact that its matte finish resists fingerprints… so you don't have to buy a collection of cleaners to keep your appliances free of prints.

The average age of appliances (as well as cars and furniture) in US households is the highest it has been in almost half a century. If it is time to replace yours, you might want to at least consider some of the newer options. Stainless steel has been dominant for so long, it may be time we start seeing a shift. I know I have clients who are sick of seeing stainless steel appliances in nearly every home they see!

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – EmailMinneapolis-St. Paul Realtor


About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

Related Posts

Finding the right home for you – Part 4

In this 'Finding the right home for you' series so far you have gained a broad understanding of what is important to you in a place, location, setting and home…. what feeds your soul and matches your lifestyle.  The next step is more clearly defining the specifics of what you are looking for in a home. It.

Read More

Remodeling ROI – Cost vs Value Report 2010-2011

In past years remodeling costs continued to rise in spite of falling prices. That changed this year, according to the 2010-2011 Cost vs Value Report compiled annually by Remodeling magazine in cooperation with REALTOR magazine. This year's data for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area shows that both the cost of remodeling projects and the price recouped at.

Read More

The Best Tips For Seniors Who Are Looking To Make A Move

Thanks to Guest Author, Jim Vogel  of, for today’s post Buying a new home is a huge process, and for seniors who have lived in their current home for years or even decades, it can be overwhelming. There are so many things to think about, including financing, finding the right movers for the job, packing.

Read More