As the kitchen design community seemingly catches on, the tide has turned—temporarily at least—toward neutral kitchen equipment and decor. But not all neutrals are created equal. There’s white, which is safe in theory, but inevitably colors and wears after use and over time. Or gold and silver, which come into kitchen fashion from time to time, and then end up looking painstakingly retro as soon as they fall out. (Many shiny gold kitchen tools, especially—which are usually only coated in the color—also chip, dull, or fade.) Wood is good, except that light wood and dark wood go in and out of style as fast as any color does.