Breathe new life into your kitchen.

By Joe Harper
Updated February 19, 2020
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Appliances that disappear into your kitchen. 


Kitchen necessities are increasingly embedded into nooks and crannies for a more spacious, streamlined effect. Miele’s stainless steel 43-inch Ceiling Extractor ($2,600, mieleusa.com) has a vent that’s flush with the ceiling, making it largely unnoticeable. The Wolf Vacuum Seal Drawer ($2,965, subzero-wolf.com)—used to prepare food for sous vide or for preserving leftovers—comes in the standard sizes of 24 or 30 inches. The handleless, push-to-open drawer, which is available in stainless steel, black glass, or a custom-panel finish, installs discreetly with the adjacent cabinetry. Then there are the kitchen systems that generate a single, cohesive look. Shape, a new design from Poliform (poliform.com), uses the same inset handles across all of its cabinetry, allowing integrated appliances to be hidden behind custom cabinet panels. And the K5-K6 system by designer Norbert Wangen for Boffi (boffi.com) is an island that features sliding countertops for covering, say, the sink or range when not in use, creating a sleek, seamless effect.

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Get creative with customizable finishes.


Today’s appliance brands are giving yesterday’s kitchens some much-needed color. Green and blue are trending hues, and last year True Residential added Emerald to its Build Your True program of seven customizable finishes. The shades are also available on the brand’s new 36-inch 
refrigerator column (from $10,500, true-residential.com) with five hardware metals, from copper to pewter. Dacor offers DacorMatch for its Heritage Collection of wall ovens and ranges, which includes the new Heritage 36" Dual Fuel Pro Range ($11,328, dacor.com). Along with five in-house colors (with its own moody blue called Dark Denim), Dacor can match any color swatch for a custom look. Grohe’s Essence Professional kitchen faucets (from $751, grohe.us) feature 10 
interchangeable hose colors that give the spout some pop. The brand recently debuted three new finishes: Polished Nickel, Brushed Cool Sunrise, and Hard Graphite. And to create a prismatic backsplash, the Echo glass mosaics from Artistic Tile ($70 per square foot, artistictile.com) provide a diamond motif in Garden Green, a gray London Fog, or Violin Violet.

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Mixed metals shimmer and shine.

Mixed materials are stimulating in kitchens, so brands are rolling out innovative finishes. Samsung recently released the latest version of its Family Hub refrigerator ($3,000, samsung.com) in a Tuscan Stainless Steel; the textured metal is warm gray with a hint of brown. Meanwhile, GE’s Café line (cafeappliances.com) launched its Modern Glass Collection of cooking products, dishwashers, and refrigerators, which features thick sheets of glass over a platinum finish that reflects light and is easy to clean. Kohler created an ombré 
finish for its Sensate faucet ($1,300, kohler
.com)—the exclusive melded fabrication comes in materials like rose gold and polished nickel. The Rook Collection by Brizo kitchen faucet (from $812, brizo.com) is where the brand debuted its Brilliance 
Polished Gold finish. It’s also the first kitchen collection to feature the Brilliance Luxe Steel finish, updating the faucet’s Craftsman-style design. To contrast to all these shiny new metals, there’s Cambria Blackpool Matte (cambriausa.com). The matte black quartz surface is silky, like soapstone, but is nonporous and much more durable.

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