While stainless continues to be a neutral staple in the kitchen, appliances with matte finishes are gaining in popularity. A stone-inspired finish, matte finishes like Slate and Black Slate provide a calming effect, a must for homes with open floor plans. They're also smudge-free and fingerprint resistant making them a family-friendly choice for households with children. 

Stainless, which is such a raw, honest material, isn't going away, but it is evolving. Look for more options like Black Stainless, stainless with a richer, darker tone, to complement the traditional stainless that’s dominated the market for years.

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