Matte black is having a moment.
1. Create Striking Contrast
Want to make your kitchen stand out? Matte black appliances are one way to add distinction and a modern spin—without embarking on a major remodel. "While they look great in a full kitchen package, [matte black appliances] can also be purchased individually and blend with an already stainless kitchen," Vartner says. This allows you to try the trend with a single appliance if you’re not ready to fully commit. For added impact, Bellinger suggests pairing the finish with light-colored cabinetry.
2. Warm Up a Utilitarian Space
Too much stainless steel can make a kitchen feel cold and commercial. Ditch the industrial finish for softer matte black to establish a warm look that's more suitable for cozy cooking spaces and farmhouse-style kitchens. The striking surface pairs well with textured elements like aged metals, wood, stone, and brick.
3. Hide Life's Imperfections
Stainless steel’s shiny surface hides nothing. Fingerprints, sauce splatters, and sticky smears all show up in clear detail. Most matte black finishes, on the other hand, resist these kinds of smudges, which means fewer weekly wipe-downs. The smooth, dark-colored surface also hides dust, dirt, and water marks, which don’t stand out as prominently on the flat black finish.
4. Add Timeless Color
Kitchen appliances can be a hefty investment. You don’t want to shell out big bucks on a style that’s going to be outmoded in a year or two (looking at you, rose gold). "Matte black is a classic, enduring tone, which makes it a great choice for people who want their kitchen to be in style for years to come," Bellinger says. Neutral and timeless, yet still trendy, matte black isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
5. Make Cleaning Easy
Unlike their stainless-steel counterparts, matte black appliances don’t require a special polish to keep them looking pristine. Simply wipe down the surfaces with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water when needed. Be sure to avoid abrasive cleaners or scouring pads that could damage the decorative coating that makes the surface matte.
6. Complement a Variety of Aesthetics
A matte black finish seamlessly blends utilitarian appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators into your kitchen's aesthetic—whatever that may be. Whether you prefer country-inspired cooking spaces or more modern kitchen designs, this sophisticated surface pairs well with all styles. Mix matte black appliances with textured stone and rustic wood finishes, or surround them with colorful lacquered cabinets for a stunning contemporary spin.