How to Mix Hardware Finishes the Right Way

How to Mix Hardware Finishes the Right Way

February 24, 2021

Mixing metal finishes for door fixtures and other elements in your kitchen and bathroom can create a unique look for your home. Mixing metal finishes adds dimension and visual interest to your space, with many colors, textures and styles to choose from. However, you should be careful when choosing which metals to combine in one room, or you run the risk of your Colorado home looking hodge-podge rather than stylishly eclectic. Here is how to mix metal hardware finishes the right way.

Start with the essentials

When choosing new metal finishes for door fixtures, faucets, lighting or other elements, be sure to start by making some priorities. Do you already have a metal fixture in your space that you love or that’s too expensive to replace? Start with a metal finish that’s already there as a guide for the rest of your choices. If you’re just starting to experiment with mixing metal finishes, you shouldn’t pick more than two finishes to work with.

Pick your metal finishes

When choosing your two metal finishes to incorporate into your space, be sure you don’t go overboard. Limiting yourself to two finishes will make it easier to tie your room together. It will help if one of your metal finishes goes well with another element of the room. For example, if you have gray countertops, consider starting with chrome for some of your fixtures, since that will go well with what’s already there. Then you should choose a contrasting metal finish to add after that, like brass or gold.

Some nice combinations are polished nickel with antique brass, copper with stainless steel, matte black and brass and so on. Avoid mixing metal finishes that are in the same color family but have different sheens or undertones. That makes your mixed metal finishes look like you tried to match and failed, rather than like you made an intentional design choice.

Placement matters

Once you have your metal finishes chosen, think about how you’re going to use them. It’s best to use your chosen finishes in more than one place to make your room look more put together. You should also sprinkle the finishes throughout the room, rather than clustering them all in one central place.

Start small

If you’re interested in incorporating a trendy metal finish in your home, consider starting with design elements that are easy to replace. If you’re having a hard time choosing contrasting colors, consider starting with a dark metal like iron or gunmetal, since they can work as neutrals and go well with everything from brass to stainless steel.

Get started mixing metal finishes today

If you’re doing renovations in your Colorado home, or if you just want to brighten up a room by replacing the cabinet knobs and drawer pulls with a new metal finish, contact the experts at Custom Door Hardware. We offer the best in custom, high-end door hardware, cabinet hardware and bath accessories in all of Colorado. Come check out our selection or get in touch to learn more.

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