Are paneled appliances replacing the stainless trend?

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(This Past Basket kitchen design in Sugar Grove, Illinois features quarter sawn white oak is used on both the perimeter and island cabinets.)

This week on the Past Basket Design/Houzz poll, we wanted to get a feel for consumer preference on the decorative face of their refrigerators. Specifically in regards to the paneled – matched to the cabinet doors vs. stainless variety. Houzz commenters were almost 50/50 in their preferred style, and we were excited to see in addition to user comments, readers shared actual pictures of their kitchens!

56% like PANELED refrigerators

44% prefer STAINLESS refrigerators

Here’s what some Houzzers had to say:

“We like paneled. My wife didn’t want to deal with smudging on SS or for (the kitchen) to have institutional look.” B. Crawford

“It depends on the look you want. I feel paneled are more traditional and stainless steel is more contemporary.” – Robbi (user on Houzz)

“The first time I saw a paneled fridge/dishwasher I was in the Netherlands in 1989. I was so impressed with the way it opened up a very small kitchen (the Netherlands…not known for their “extra space”) that I have been a fan ever since. Give me paneled appliances every time.” – Cancork Floor Inc.

What do you think?

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