Mixing Metal Finishes in Kitchen Design
Hardware selection is often the last step thought through when performing any type of renovation. However, it could be one of the most important elements in terms of unifying the kitchen design, feel, and appearance.
Can metals be mixed in the kitchen? In a nutshell, yes, it’s okay to use different metals for kitchen hardware. In fact, incorporating and combining the metallic trend into your kitchen design is a great way to give your home a distinctive and contemporary look.
There are some guidelines to follow when deciding where and with which metals and finishes to mix. Our team of expert designers have compiled the best tips for you if you want to mix finishes to give your kitchen a unique look.
- Consistency is the key. For example, having all of the handles in one finish and all of the taps and lights in another will make your final design appear intentional and coherent.
- Understand your neutral points. Stainless steel appliances and sinks are now so common that they are generally accepted as a neutral that can be combined with a variety of other metal finishes. When renovating their kitchens, people frequently choose an industrial kitchen design because it works really well for those who have many stainless steel appliances.
- Stick to two or three metal finishes. This ensures a consistent appearance throughout and can make the overall kitchen design appear purposeful rather than haphazard.
- Keep in mind that metals can come in both warm and cool tones. Gold, copper, and brass are examples of warm metals. Chrome, polished and brushed nickel are examples of cool metals. Black is frequently regarded as a cool or neutral colour, so it is frequently used in kitchens with three different metal finishes because it will harmonise well with the others. To achieve a pleasing visual balance, our designers recommend combining cool and warm metals.
- Metals are available in a variety of sheens and finishes. Matte, polished, satin, brushed, oil-rubbed, and antiqued are the most common ones. Place them next to one another to see if they blend together; sometimes we can’t fully visualise such details when we only see pictures on a website.
- Anchor smaller metal traces to create a layered look. The best way to achieve that layered look in your kitchen design is to start with larger permanent fixtures metallic pieces, such as pendant lights, a cooker hood, or appliances, and work your way down, distributing smaller metal pieces like towel bars, drawer and door pulls, and so on.
- Consider your kitchen’s colour scheme. Cabinets in dark blue, green, and black look great with brass finishes. For a classic look, white and light grey kitchen cabinets look best with chrome, nickel, or brass fixtures. These are guidelines, not rules.
- Repeated finishes will add rhythm to your kitchen. Although cabinet hardware does not have to match the faucet, designers at Apollo Kitchens recommend repeating the cabinet hardware finish elsewhere in the room, such as in the lighting or decor. This helps to tie the room together and create a unified appearance.
- Create a modern farmhouse look. By combining shiny and worn-out metals, you can combine new and old finishes.
There are numerous ways to combine metals in a kitchen design so that they complement one another. In general, if it all seems like too much information, we recommend going with one dominant metal and one or two accent metals.
Have you considered combining metals in your kitchen? Which ones have you considered using, and how will you go about it?
When renovating your kitchen, we understand that mixing metals can be overwhelming. We can talk about potential solutions together. Our experts are knowledgeable about a wide range of products and will be able to see what you want to keep and what you want to change in order to help you achieve your dream kitchen!
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