After years of people pining for all-white kitchens, with marble countertops and gleaming subway tile, the pendulum of trends is swinging toward a darker, edgier look: matte black everything. The light-absorbing look gained momentum in spring, when KitchenAid introduced its limited-edition Black Tie stand mixer, prompting the brand to release even more products in the shade and finish. It’s up to 54 now.
The look spread to other accessories, evidenced in Chip and Joanna Gaines’s latest line for Target: a modern farmhouse collection complete with matte black cutlery, measuring spoons, and measuring cups.
Now, it’s hitting the big appliances. LG’s latest line features a matte black stainless steel finish, and you can get it on a smart fridge, microwave, oven, and dishwasher. The finish is designed to also deter the biggest gripe people have with stainless steel: fingerprints. Everywhere. It’s supposed to be smudge-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about wiping down the doors every time your hands hover within an inch of the machines. That means you’re one step closer to having that murdered-out kitchen of your dreams.
Out of all of the appliances though, the fridge is the most impressive. It features “InstaView Technology,” which is marketing-speak for “it has two front doors,” basically. You open the matte black door to reveal a glass door, which shows you at a glance what’s in the fridge — without letting the cold air out.
The ultimate future-is-now feature, though, is how it connects to the LG SmartThinQ app, so you can punch a button to have your fridge whip up more ice for those Drunken Jack Frosties you saw on Facebook.
Warning: It’ll also tattle on you, sending an alert to app users’ phones if you leave the fridge door open. To avoid public shaming, please see previous ooh-and-aah-inducing feature.
The matte black line is hitting Lowe’s and Home Depot stores now, and you can also find it at these stores.