Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Good morning, all! I received a decorating question from a reader, Lindsay in Salt Lake City, regarding mixing the finishes of hardware in a room. This has to be one of the most often asked questions that I get, so let’s talk about it! Here’s what Lindsay had to say:
“I am currently building a home. Hardware needs to be chosen and I’m having a hard time deciding on what to choose. I have shaker style cabinets with a dark espresso finish and all the trim/finish work in the home is white, so the doors are white. I want to use flat black hardware on the doors because the amazing contrast just pops. With the espresso cabinets being so dark I would want to use a stainless pull. Then there are the faucets and all of the other fixtures to make a decision on. Should they match the cabinet hardware or the door hardware? I guess the ultimate question is can you mix the two hardware colors?”
I admit that over the last 18 months or so, I’d done a complete 180-degree turn on this topic. I used to be such a stickler for everything matching. Then I decided that everything doesn’t have to match, but it at least needs to all blend. In other words, you can use antique golds with antique bronzes with oil-rubbed bronzes, but don’t ever mix antique golds with nickel!
Well, now I don’t even think that metals need to necessarily blend. What changed my mind? This kitchen, which was featured a couple of years ago in Cottage Living…
This kitchen is one of my all-time favorites. I love everything about it, from the cabinet colors (which were the inspiration for John & Alice’s kitchen), the subway tile, the open shelving, the warm wood floor, and that amazing ceiling.
But do you notice the unconventional mix of metal finishes? Stainless steel appliances, oil-rubbed bronze light fixture, brass cabinet pulls, bronze mixer and accessories…
Until seeing this kitchen, I never would have thought that this mix-and-match of metal finishes could be done tastefully, but this kitchen is beyond tasteful. It’s amazing!
A view from the dining room shows even more mix-and-match metals, with a brass (or is that gold?) chandelier in the dining room with oil-rubbed bronze pendant lights in the kitchen.
I used to be a very staunch “all light fixtures need to match in metal color” type of person. Now, not so much.
(If you want to see more of this kitchen, including the before picture and a list of resources, you can see that info here.)
So does that mean I think you can just add whatever wherever you want? Well, not exactly. I still think, just to keep things cohesive, that all of the cabinets hardware should match each other, and all of the appliances should match each other, and all of the door knobs and hinges should match each other. But I DON’T think that the cabinet hardware, the door knobs and hinges, and the appliances all need to match each other. In fact, it’s more interesting if they don’t, in my opinion!
So that’s where I stand on this topic. What do you have to say about it? Are you a stickler for metals matching in a room? Or are you more carefree, enjoying more of a mix-and-match approach?
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