Danze's Satin Black finish
Danze's Satin Black finish

Reflecting the growing popularity of unconventional finishes in the kitchen and bath, plumbing manufacturer Danze is expanding the availability of its Satin Black finish.

With a strong desire for “statement pieces” in kitchen and bath environments, industry pros and consumers are seeking unique designs and finishes from manufacturers, says Danze vice president of marketing Kevin McJoynt. Because of that demand, the company has added the Satin Black option to several of its kitchen and bath offerings, including its Mid-town bath collection, single-handle lavatory faucet, two-handle wide-spread faucet, shower trim, and pull-out kitchen faucets.

“We actually introduced the finish a few years ago...but on a few of our traditional product lines,” says McJoynt. “Our finish is very matte looking (as opposed to glossy), which makes for a beautiful contrast in rooms featuring white tile, white cabinets, complementing black appliances and many other design strategies.”

LG's Black Stainless Steel Series
LG's Black Stainless Steel Series

Kohler also offers bath and kitchen faucets in similar hues including Matte Black and Satin Black. The company says the dramatic color can be used to match wrought-iron details or as a neutral with brightly colored or patterned sinks.

In addition, black has made its mark on stainless steel kitchen appliances. Last summer, KitchenAid introduced the industry’s first-ever black stainless steel finish--a “new neutral” look that designers can use to add warmth and sophistication to the kitchen. Appliance maker LG also begun offering the look in its Black Stainless Steel Series.

“Major appliances are the anchor pieces of a kitchen, and their color and design contribute largely to the overall look of the space,” says Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. “As a stylish alternative to traditional finishes, our black stainless steel offers designers and consumers tremendous design flexibility and the chance to experiment with fresh ideas.”