It Depends on the Look

Stainless steel definitely adds the "wow" factor, but it must also blend in with the look of the house. If the room is dark due to subtle lighting or no windows, then lighter-colored appliances often fit best. However, if the room has lighter colors and high-end fixtures, then stainless steel adds great appeal. Also, keep in mind that stainless steel adds a modern look. So, if your cabinets and countertops are old-looking, stainless steel may look over-the-top for the space you have. However, if your kitchen looks newer and is open with lots of space, then stainless steel can really add zest to this often-used room. Remember, uniformity of look within your kitchen is also important. You don't want to end up with a clashing set of appliances like a stainless steel dishwasher sitting next to your white refrigerator that's across from your black oven. Instead, make the effort to match the color and style of all of your appliances.