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The Best Appliance Finishes for a Modern Kitchen

by Bill Welles

Black, white, and stainless steel have been part of the appliance mainstay that has saturated the industry over the past two decades. For those who survived the avocado green and harvest gold kitchens of the 1970s, it’s no surprise that more neutral appliances have been the anchor in household kitchens ever since. From the bisque and white hues of the ’80s and ’90s to more modern stainless steel finishes, kitchen-dwellers have always been wary of vibrant appliance colors. After a long break, there are some exciting new kitchen appliance color trends that are shifting back in that direction.

The rebellion of color is on the rise and while reds, blues, purples, and oranges might not be for everyone, keeping an open mind and a willingness to take risks could result in a stunning, jaw-dropping kitchen that’s the envy of all your guests. Since there are more options to keep track of, we’re here to help you narrow down the best appliance finishes to match your modern kitchen design.

Truffle Brown

We know what you’re thinking, but believe us, this shade of brown has come a long way from the shade of brown on your grandma’s refrigerator from 1975. Truffle is classy and elegant, but still provides a comforting earthiness that pairs well with wood cabinetry and dark colors. It’s sophisticated and appealing enough to lighten dark spaces with its glossy sheen, without feeling misplaced in your kitchen design. The smooth look to this finish is a safe yet playful choice for a building project or kitchen remodel.

Graphite Gray

An influx of greys and charcoals is another style we’re seeing hit the market. This hue provides a sleek finish with a very trendy, modern touch. If your kitchen space isn’t full of modern add-ons, this shade is ideal for mimicking the look of a professional kitchen. No matter what color scheme you have—light or dark, it will match anything.

Custom Color

If you’re picturing a splash of color in your kitchen, then make it so! Be fearless and let your imagination run wild. There are countless color varieties and customizable appliance finishes to match any kitchen style. Choosing different colors and trims is now as easy as choosing paint swatches at a hardware store. Start by picking your desired texture and color and bring your appliance to life to fit your ideal kitchen specifications.


Appliances finishes in slate are quickly becoming a fan-favorite and household name due to the matte finish and sleek gray hue. It’s clean, it’s calming, and it’s certainly modern—slate provides a smart, high-end finish that goes above and beyond your typical stainless steel finish. It might not seem like the conventional choice for all appliances but it’s a safe choice that will look great in any appliance. If you have small children around who love to stick their artwork on the refrigerator doors, slate is also a practical choice for those who can’t seem to get rid of fingerprints thanks to its smudge-proof gloss.

Black Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a timeless finish that’s built to last while still being aesthetically pleasing, but black stainless steel might be outshining the gold, or shall we say, steel standard. Black stainless is rapidly growing in popularity. The finish is clean, sophisticated, and still manages to reclaim the classic design you’d expect from traditional stainless steel. It offers all the same benefits with the added perk of being smudge and fingerprint resistant. It pairs well with other dark features and contrasts well with lighter cabinetry. If you want to give your kitchen a modern makeover, take a new take on a classic appliance finish. 

Back to Basics

If new-age design ideas are too overwhelming, then stick with what you know. White appliances go brilliantly with any kitchen design, and while the prestigious kitchen folks believe white to be old news, this color is here to stay. Especially if you plan to incorporate chic, durable finishes to match the high-end style, white is the simplest, cleanest color for a neutral and modern kitchen space.

Now that you know what’s available, it’s time for you to choose the perfect look and feel for your kitchen. Whether you want to go bold, creative, or classic, at Spencer’s TV & Appliance, we want to help make your dining space feel like home. Visit our store to learn more about the various appliance options and finishes we offer. Stop by today!