16 Kitchens that prove stainless steel can go way beyond appliances

Oct 1, 2014 at 2:00 a.m. ET
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It's time to break your tunnel vision when it comes to stainless steel. It's not just for appliances anymore.

Countertops

You would think stainless steel countertops would look cold and clinical, but when paired with warm woods, they actually look a bit homey. Plus, they're easy to clean and super durable — everything you've ever wanted in a countertop.

You can also pair these counters with white cabinets, giving you a crisp and clean look for your room.

There's no need to go extreme with all of your countertops. Just do a section in stainless steel to update your look, yet keep that comfy look you love.

Backsplash

This stainless steel tile backsplash gives your kitchen the sparkle it deserves.

A stainless steel backsplash combines with concrete countertops and warm woods for a modern, yet homey look.

The wide backsplash behind the range and hood guarantee you won't struggle to clean up splashes from your stove top. Plus, it looks absolutely fabulous.

If you love the shine of stainless steel but hate the lack of details, try stamping a pattern onto your backsplash to give it a little more oomph.

Cabinets

Do just the bottom cabinets in stainless steel to make an impression without feeling overwhelmed with metal.

These stainless steel doors perfectly complement the cherry wood frames.

The granite counters, brick walls and wood accents give just enough texture to pull off this wall of steel cabinets.

Still afraid to commit to completely steel cabinets? Try going with just the top drawers.

Extras

This stainless steel farmhouse sink is gorgeous, yet industrial enough to look like it can get the job done.

A stainless steel island adds function and beauty. Add a couple chairs and you've got extra seating for dinner.

Add a touch of modern to your kitchen with simple floating shelves made of stainless steel.

These stainless steel light fixtures give an industrial touch to your room.

The whole room

So you love stainless steel, and just can't decide where it looks best? Try covering the whole room in it.

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