One of the most popular trends in kitchens today is the mixing of metal finishes within the space. Wait, mixing metals?! Yes! When you have more than one finish in your kitchen, it helps create a unique, collected space rather than one that looks like every other kitchen on the block. But, don’t go crazy yet! There are a few rules to follow when mixing the metal finishes in your kitchen…
No More than 3 Finishes in the Space
When you introduce more than 3 finishes into a space, it can look like overkill. There should be one main finish and then 1-2 accents that are used in small amounts. Below is an example of a customer’s kitchen with 3 finishes: stainless steel appliances, a dark copper on the hardware, and a bright copper finish for the lighting. They all work together seamlessly with the two accents being the same metal, but different tones.
Separate the Room into Sections
Another helpful tip for mixing metals in your kitchen is to separate your space into horizontal sections. A different metal can go on each visual plane. Imagine the lighting being one plane, the faucets being the second horizontal section, and the cabinet hardware being the last. You also don’t have to have a separate finish on every plane. For example, the lighting can be one finish and then the faucets and cabinet hardware can be another.