By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From the growth of smart homes to the growing appeal of black stainless, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Smart-Home Penetration At 32% And Growing | Alan Wolf: “Smart” products are enjoying quite a bit of popularity in American households. Right now, the average consumer is more concerned with the product being smart than the operating system it uses. As time goes on, however, consumers will probably be more concerned about all the disparate “smart” products working smoothly with one another.

The luster of appliances | Ken Clark: Experts are saying that if hardware retailers have got the space, appliances are a good bet. Those same experts do caution that appliances aren’t a perfect fit for all hardware retailers though. It may be something to pass up unless you’re capable of displaying a wide array of choices for consumers.

How to integrate black stainless steel into your kitchen | Cindy Bailen: The sleek look of black stainless appeals to a wide variety of consumers. However, not everyone is certain how to fit the look into their homes. Luckily, guides like this can help consumers take baby-steps into embracing the look with confidence.

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