As a Realtor who often advises my builder clients on design ideas, we often have the discussion of which metal finishes to use. Since stainless appliances are currently common in upper-end kitchens, the tendency is to “matchy-match” all the other metals in the kitchen, from light fixtures to plumbing fixtures.
Recently, I’ve been updating my own kitchen, and I’ve found that mix-matching can be fun and aesthetically pleasing, if it’s done correctly.
Of course, the kitchen is the easiest room to get away with mixed metals. Dark oil-rubbed pulls against white cabinets look great when contrasted with a dark wood island and brushed stainless or nickel pulls, giving the “opposite” effect.
Mixing copper lighting, oil-rubbed bronze pulls and hinges, and plumbing fixtures in brushed nickel ties the combination in with a monochromatic charm.
Copper countertops, lighting sconces, or vent hoods gleam greatly against stainless steel appliances, depending on the color of your cabinets, flooring and backsplash.
A word of caution, though. Use some continuity and common sense with your choices. Don’t use four different metal finishes on your lower cabinets that are all the same wood and design unless that’s the look you’re going for.
Got any other ideas for mixing it up? Tell us what has worked for you!
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