It’s an adage that’s been around since cavemen first huddled around a fire at dinner time – the kitchen is the heart of the home. While that still holds true, kitchens today are more advanced than some rocks on the ground and a pile of sticks set ablaze.

Wine refrigerators, french door ovens, and cabinet doors that open up instead of out are a few of the more modern designs that can be found in the kitchen. Countertops can be made of granite, concrete, and stainless steel. Even kitchen faucets can be operated without a touch.

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A new appliance color is starting to make a statement in the kitchen: black stainless steel with a matte finish.

There are some styles, however, that are never out of date. There will always be those who argue for the classic white kitchen, the modern stainless steel enthusiasts, and the retroists who crave the funky aesthetics of pastel hues from a day gone by. But a new color/surface combo is starting to pop up in the conversation: black stainless steel with a matte finish.

While the black stainless steel with a matte finish has been used in high-end kitchens for a few years, manufacturers are now starting to include that style on appliances for the general population. Providing more warmth than stainless steel, but retaining all of the elegance, the matte finish also hides fingerprints and eliminates streaking for easier cleaning.

The matte finish can be applied throughout the kitchen as well. Faucets and countertops are also being made with a honed finish to match the appliances, tying the kitchen together. Although the style is relatively new, for those wondering how well it will hold up aesthetically during the years to come, many think this finish will stand the test of time.

And it certainly beats a pile of rocks and a bundle of burning twigs.

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