Today, we have a heightened awareness of germs. The easiest surface to keep clean are smooth. For countertops, solid surface countertops and stainless steel countertops fit this bill. However,the smoothest textures is stainless steel. Stainless steel is also low maintenance material.
A Professional and Timeless Look
Stainless steel throughout the kitchen has a professional and timeless look, however, a kitchen done in stainless steel can look cold and clinical. This is certainly not the most aesthetically pleasing solution. However, the stainless steel look is expensive, it has the tendency of retaining smudges and scratches easily, and stainless steel sinks made of thinner gauge material can make quite a racket with clanking dishes.
Needless to say, if you really like this professional look, you will be pleased to know there are a wide variety of pro-style stainless steel range, cooktops, vents, and refrigerators. Also, today’s models are being built with a thicker steel gauge. For this reason, stainless steel appliances are heavier than the standard residential ranges. Some stainless steel models also have additional safety features. You should note that stainless steel from different manufacturers don’t match. It is best to buy your stainless steel appliances from one source or check out the appliance before buying.
The Stainless Steel Look with Textures and Colours
Stainless steel, when paired well with other textures and colours can enhance the look of your kitchen. It can complement the colour of wood-stained or painted cabinet. It can also go well with a rougher stone and concrete texture. As a satin finish, stainless steel can be too shiny, so when matched with other textures and colours offers a great transition.
In this kitchen, the door knobs and handles match the stainless steel appliances, the refrigerator and range. If you are unable to find stainless steel knobs or handles for doors, an excellent substitute is brushed chrome or satin-finish nickel. You will also find lighting fixtures, curtain rods, and faucets made from nickle with a satin-finish. Another, is earthy bronze which has a classic appeal and can add warmth to a room with stainless steel appliances.
Stainless steel can definitely enhance the look of your kitchen too many degrees. The best thing about it is that the material is long lasting. Most manufacturers emphasize their stainless steel products are easy to keep clean, resist heat and ordinary household chemicals, and are fire and water proof.
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