Gone are the days of all the metal finishes in your kitchen having to match. Homeowners used to try to match every metal from appliances and hardware, to the fixtures, range hood, and lighting. Today this look can come across as too matchy-matchy, unimaginative, and boring. A carefully curated collection of finishes in a mixed-metal kitchen can be beautiful when done right. Check out MBS Interior’s rules for mixing metals in your kitchen.
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Stick to 3 or Fewer Finishes
There are ways to mix more than 3 metal finishes, but it can take a great deal of coordination and the look can rapidly go from eclectic to chaotic if too many finishes are brought into the mix without careful consideration. We have found that the easiest way to successfully mix metals in the kitchen is to stick to 2-3 finishes. The goal is to choose metals that contrast but still complement each other.
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Balance Warm and Cool Metals
We love this advice from Kohler about incorporating a combination of both warm and cool toned metals:
While there isn’t a perfect ratio, it’s most impactful to combine warm metals, such as copper and gold, with cooler tones, such as polished chrome and stainless steel. Selecting faucet finishes, cabinet hardware, and lighting is a good place to start as you begin to incorporate metals. Metallic accessories, such as shelving, wine racks and other décor items, can then be added in to complete the space.
When mixing warm and cool tones, remember to balance the metals throughout the room. Don’t have all the cool tones on one side of the room and all the warm tones on the other side. Display the mixed metals evenly throughout the space to ensure the look is aesthetically pleasing.
Tie Textures Together
Mixing metals of varying color but the same texture is a great way to create a fun yet cohesive look. Check out this perfect example from Kraftmaid and Delta. The Delta Cassidy faucet in Champagne Bronze blends beautifully with the stainless steel farmhouse sink because of the coordinating brushed texture. The third element that adds interest to this carefully curated mix is clear crystal knobs on the Kraftmaid cabinets. All of these components play off each other for a professionally designed finish.
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This French Country Kitchen from MBS Interiors designer Patti Egnot is a beautiful example of metal mixing done right. Four metal selections are expertly displayed: stainless steel Subzero Wolf appliances, white brass Amerock hardware, two vintage gold cage pendants above the island, and an antique copper range hood. Each carefully selected metal serves a visual purpose. The white brass hardware coordinates with the stainless steel appliances and they both contrast with the pendants and range hood. The cool white and gray color scheme is gently warmed by the vintage gold and antique copper.
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