Are stainless steel appliances still the ideal choice for a kitchen renovation?
While stainless appliances have become the new classic choice in a kitchen, I’ve always thought there was something sad and cold about them,” says interior design consultant Kim Gieske, who adds, “Maybe because they’re gray? Stainless steel is like denim, I guess. It’s never wrong, it’s just kind of predictable.” So Gieske suggests a equally high-end alternative: “What’s hot right now are British appliances. I love them because they have a warm, homey, Cotswold cottage feel and come in really amazing colors.” Classic English stoves by Aga (aga-ranges.com) are now widely available in the U.S., says Giekse. “The ‘Legacy’ model is the most compatible with American kitchens,” she says. “It comes in electric or gas and doesn���t stay on all the time (like the British model, designed for damp English weather). At her home in London, Jade Jagger paired a jet black Aga with super-dark green kitchen walls and it looks so, so chic. And Gieske’s pick for the fridge of the moment? The Smeg, another Anglo import, (smegusa.com). “It’s got a hip, retro feel and just became available in the U.S. this year.”
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