For a number of years now, a prominent trend for new kitchen design has been to use stainless steel, and plenty of it. Some people have suggested this trend has now been around for long enough that we can expect it to start fading out, but we don’t see any sign of that actually happening.
There are many reasons why people seem to love stainless steel kitchens and worktops (plus just about any other appliances and accessories they can get hold of). It’s a versatile material that’s easy to manufacture, meaning it’s cost effective too. It’s strong, durable and won’t require much maintenance to make it last a long time. It’s also extremely easy to clean, and given a little upkeep it will keep your kitchen sparkling. From a practical perspective there really isn’t much to dislike.
From a design point of view, one of the main great things about stainless steel is actually that it can tie all the little details of your kitchen together for one cohesive look. You might not even notice at first because these details can be quite subtle, allowing you to choose your own primary colour scheme and let the steel blend into the background. However, on closer inspection, consistent stainless steel details from your cutlery and appliances to your sink and even door handles will really make for a much more consistent overall look.
Speaking of all those accessories and added extras, a good thing about choosing stainless steel is that you won’t struggle to find anything you need for your kitchen with a matching finish. Since it’s such a popular material, it’s one of the default options for almost all kitchenware so you can easily mix and match different items from various shops and make the whole thing look smart and connected.
Of course, you can also incorporate other materials into your kitchen along with some touches of steel. It can sometimes be surprising how many different colours and materials you can include in one room as long as you stick to a distinct style and make sure that each element complements the rest. Wood, granite, marble, glass… the choice is yours depending on your desired look. However, stainless steel does have the advantage over most other options when you’re choosing the main material to create your kitchen unit doors, worktops and other large surfaces. It’s very affordable and you know that it’s very unlikely to be damaged over time. With something like wood, for example, it’s easy for it to become warped or stained over time because even when treated it’s not permanently water-resistant in the same way that stainless steel is.
If you’re looking for a material that will work for your whole kitchen on a practical level while still looking fantastic, then stainless steel is almost certainly for you. Want something ultra-modern? Gleaming silver surfaces which are easy to clean should do the trick. Prefer a more traditional and homely feel? Just incorporate it in small doses where you need it (e.g. handles, details, extractor hoods and so on). You can find the right balance by incorporating stainless steel into your kitchen alongside your other influences to create your own unique results.