Give Your Kitchen a Stainless Steel Facelift
It is often said that we spend more time in the kitchen than almost any other place in our house. It's not only an area for eating and preparing meals, but also can be a gathering place where kids sit at the kitchen table doing homework or social parties migrate to for casual conversation. So how can we take that dull, lifeless, 1972 avocado green decorated kitchen and turn it into a modern, sleek showpiece? By giving your kitchen a stainless steel facelift ofcourse!
Stainless steel appliances can revitalize a kitchen in ways that no ordinary remodeling task can. Their shiny, bright appearance becomes the centerpiece of the kitchen and sets off other décor and furnishings. A stove that once was merely a place where we cooked meals can now become a magnificent appliance that serves to highlight the cabinets, wood flooring and accents around it. Studies have shown that in kitchens where only the major appliances were replaced with stainless steel counterparts the value of the home actually increased by close to 5% -- without any major remodeling! That's one good reason alone to give your kitchen a stainless steel facelift.
A wide variety of stainless steel appliances are on the market today - from refrigerators and ovens to coffee pots and toasters. Their elegant appearance combined with their long life-span and surfaces that resist stains and corrosion make them ideal for areas where family and friends may spend time.
Don't forget to look beyond the appliances as well. Stainless steel sinks have been around for decades in kitchens, but today we also have stainless steel countertops, stainless steel cookware and flatware. Did you know there is even furniture accented with stainless steel designed especially for the kitchen area? If you have ever eaten in a roadside diner you might recall the crisp, cleanness of the place that the stainless steel fixtures brought about. This same idea has been taken and used to help accent kitchen tables, islands and other fixtures commonly found in the home kitchen.
One area in the kitchen that stainless steel has been showing up at is the tiling along floorboards and on walls. A wooden floor is set off beautifully by a stainless steel border around the walls. A dark red motif in a kitchen can be accented with stainless steel tiles on the wall, or faceplate covers over electrical outlets. The possibilities are endless when giving your kitchen a stainless steel facelift.
So why has a stainless steel facelift become so popular? Aesthetics are a big reason, but also because of the ease of maintenance and benefits of stainless steel. Rust is a big factor in any kitchen because of the presence of water. We all have probably seen rusted sinks and refrigerators that have spots of rust because of years of use and exposure to water. With stainless steel that isn't a problem because it resists rust thanks to its natural properties. Appliances and other accents can look as good 10 years from now as they do today with proper care and maintenance.
Stainless steel is also part of many modern kitchen designs because it is a step away from traditional finishes and coatings used on appliances. Designers and homeowners alike want something new and different, and stainless steel provides that in an attractive package.
Don't let the cost worry you when considering a stainless steel facelift. Many stainless steel appliances and accessories are only a few dollars more than their traditional counterparts. When combined with the longer life-span stainless steel has this additional cost is easily returned when you are able to enjoy the same fixtures and appliances 10 years down the road instead of having to replace them again.
Stainless steel – a facelift that will turn even the oldest kitchen into a modern classic.