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Hot List: Black Beauty

Design has officially crossed to the dark side

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

Numerous manufacturers are taking a page from one of fashion's most sultry and sophisticated icons: the little black dress. Black was everywhere at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando, dressing refrigerators, ovens, faucets, and surfaces. And it runs the gamut of finishes, from black stainless steel to matte black and more. Here's a look at some of the latest offerings.

LG Studio, LG Electronics' high-end line of built-in kitchen appliances created in collaboration with designer Nate Berkus, expanded its portfolio to include range hoods, induction cooktops, and additional refrigerator models. The whole line is available in shimmering black stainless steel. The satin-smooth finish pairs well with any syle or color cabinetry and—bonus—it's coated with a material that's fingerprint-resistant. 

Black stainless steel also debuted on a complete suite of kitchen appliances by Frigidaire Gallery. The smudge-resistant finish shrugs off fingerprints and cleans up in a snap.

Black stainless steel turned heads in the Zephyr booth too. The luxury kitchen manufacturer provided a peek at its new venilation hoods, which boast a titanium coating. The finish offers a military-grade layer of protection and an anti-smudge coating for easy cleaning. 

Want dark sophistication without the shimmer? Matte black also is making an appearance in the kitchen. GE Appliances debuted a new Black Slate finish on select GE Café models, including wall ovens, hoods, dishwashers, and refrigerators. The deep charcoal color complements stainless steel, black, or white appliances. Plus, this premium finish is easy to maintain, hiding fingerprints and repelling smudges.

Other appliances also are wearing chic black coats. True offers its line of refrigerators, including its lust-worthy wine columns, in beautiful matte black. Its dark elegance is complemented by handles and hinges in glimmering copper.

Faucets aren't about to be left out of the trend—they're slipping into stunning black finishes too. Delta has expanded its offering of matte black faucets and will debut a black stainless-steel finish later this year. Here's the finish on a Delta Trinsic Pro faucet.

Danze has added the Foodie faucet to its line-up. It features commercial-style spring action and a twist spray head that allows users to toggle between a single steady stream of water or a powerful spray. The Foodie Noir's satin-black finish grabs attention in a sleek white kitchen.

You can go dark and daring with your tile too. Additions to Walker Zanger's 6th Avenue collection include Ink, a black ceramic tile in a classic chevron pattern. 

Additionally, black stars on countertops in a new quartz surface from Silestone by Costentino. Iconic Black lends a sleek, lustrous look thanks Silestone N-Boost, an innovative technology that gives intense color and a glossier finish. Its water-repellant properties also make it super easy to clean.

Ronbow takes dramatic black into the bathroom with its new Forma vanity in Carbon Black. Inspired by layered rock, Forma was designed by Pinifarina, one of the most regognized brands in Italian sports car design. The chic curves of the vanity speak to Pinifarina's sexy automobile designs, but this piece isn't just about good looks. It's also big on storage, with a hidden drawer inside the roomy main compartment. And here's a bonus: The mirror's Bluetooth technology lets you connect to smart devices, enabling you to play music as you prep for the day ahead.

Finally, don't miss this! Kallista introduces dusky elegance in the Per Se console table, its midnight black Nero Marquina honed marble top constrasting metal and crystal appointments. Homeowners can customize the look by choosing the legs they want for their console. Get the perfect option for your bathroom