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Kitchen Trends | Are Bronze Appliances On Their Way In?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 16:02 PM

Which Style Will Replace Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances?

Is Oil Rubbed Bronze the Next Big Trend?


We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea":

What's the next Raleigh custom home trend after stainless steel appliances? I see some oil rubbed bronze in Jenn Air, but it looks almost brown. My friend's mother has goldish bronze appliances from the 60's and are nice looking. Will these bronze colored appliances become popular in new home kitchens?


And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:

Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

Thank you for your question regarding color trends for major appliances in the home.

You mentioned the bronze appliances by Jenn Air - those were actually launched back in 2006. 

Jenn Air was obviously hopeful that these appliances would be a big hit running alongside the popularity of the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish for plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and bath, door, and cabinet hardware.

However, your remark that the bronze appliances look almost brown to you, coupled with the fact that they remind you somewhat of some older appliances from the past - specifically it sounds like you may be referring to appliances from the era of the Harvest Gold appliances that were first actually introduced in the late 1960's (along with Avocado Green) - precisely pinpoints the reason the bronze appliance launch has not really caught on.

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Although the idea was new, the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish was designed and introduced into the marketplace to be a compliment to the many decorating looks that became popular through the 1990's and into the first decade of the 21st century.

These styles include Old World looks, French Country, English Country, and so on, which were designed to look old or antique in nature.

The most popular styles are often modern versions of styles from the past.

The Oil Rubbed Bronze concept is sometimes appealing when it comes to free-standing ranges and decorative hoods, but generally, we want our appliances to look new and up to date as this also gives the perception that the kitchen has been updated and that every appliance will perform with the speed, accuracy, and convenience that we as consumers demand more and more of with every passing decade.

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So, will we see more Bronze appliances and will we see a return of Harvest Gold? I have not seen that on the horizon from the Appliance Council Of America, nor have I seen that rumor from the Color Association of America.

Although we may find comfort and sometimes glamor in Bronze and gold finishes throughout the home, the theme of modern convenience coupled with the Professional look and feel of stainless steel will continue to be the leading themes in residential appliance finishes.

At Stanton Homes, 24 of 25 new homes slated to complete this year have already selected a stainless steel appliance finish.

Thank you for your thought-provoking question - please don't hesitate to call on us again for decorating advice or opinions."

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!

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