Slate is the new black in appliances

Slate is the new black in appliances

In the home, gray is more than a shade between black and white. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), gray will be the fastest growing color scheme in the kitchen in 2014.

While there may not really be 50 shades of gray, you can bring the latest trend into your kitchen with GE’s new Slate premium finish. It's the answer for homeowners who want to bring gray into their kitchen with slide-in and built-in Profile Series appliances available beginning in August 2014.

Inspired by the rich texture and appearance of stone, Slate has a deep, warm and inviting look that exudes refinement and sophistication. Slate’s low-gloss metallic finish is adaptive, allowing it to seamlessly blend into kitchens that flow into the living room and rest of the house, making it ideal for today’s open-concept living.

“Open-concept design puts the appliances front and center, visible whether you’re sitting in the kitchen or the adjacent living space,” said Lou Lenzi, director of GE’s Industrial Design Operation. “Slate’s neutral, matte qualities make it visually interesting without causing a distraction.”

When it comes to kitchen design, according to the NKBA, transitional style was the most popular in 2013, and is expected to remain strong in 2014. Slate gray fits, complementing a wide spectrum of materials and finishes found in transitional design, while delivering on today’s muted color scheme.

Originally launched in September 2012, GE is expanding its Slate finish for the second time to feature built-in products such as wall ovens, slide-in ranges and cooktops.

Slated for expansion

Slate’s expansion is the second one for the finish, which originally launched in September 2012 and more than doubled after one year as popularity exceeded expectations. In a recent GE survey of consumers who have purchased Slate, 97 percent were either “extremely” or “very” satisfied with the appearance of Slate appliances in their kitchen.

Additional advantages

The matte quality is resistant to fingerprints, a frequent consumer complaint about stainless steel appliances

Mix and match: brushed stainless steel handles and knobs add contrast while also complementing stainless steel appliances in the kitchen

The 2014 Slate expansion includes:

  • Slide-in gas and electric range models PS950EEFES ($2,899*), JGS750EEFES ($2,499*) and JS750EFES ($1,899*), available in August.
  • Wall oven models PT7050EHES ($2,499*) and PT7550EHES ($3,499*), available in August.
  • Electric cooktop models PP932EHES ($1,299*) and PP962EHES ($1,299*), available in August.
  • Countertop microwave PEB7226EFES ($379*), available in August, and over-the-range convection microwave PVM9179EFES ($649*), available in September.
  • Counter-depth French door bottom-freezer refrigerator GYE22KMHES ($2,899*), French door bottom-freezer refrigerator GFE28GMH ($2,499*), 30” bottom-freezer refrigerator GDE20GMHES ($1,649*), and side-by-side refrigerators GSS23HMHES ($1,649*) and GSS25GMHES ($1,399*), available in October.

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Topics: Appliances, Cooktops, Dishwashers, Energy Star, Interior Design, Kitchen, Microwave Ovens, Ranges, Refrigerators

Companies: GE Appliances

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