How To: Mix Finishes

It's a design question that constantly challenges new home buyers: should all the hardware and plumbing finishes in my home be the same?  And the answer (most definitely not) usually begs a second question: if they don't have to be the same, how do I properly mix them?  Let's alleviate the confusion and stress.  Here's your fool-proof guide to mixing finishes to create a cohesive, polished look!



What's old is new and what's new is new again...  we've never seen so many fabulous finishes!  Antique/brushed brass is back, black is everywhere, and satin nickel (also stainless) is here to stay.  




While we encourage mixing, we don't recommend going wild!  Selecting two to three finishes, which can be carried throughout the home, is a great rule of thumb.  A few combinations we love:  1) satin nickel, black and brushed brass, 2) oil-rubbed bronze and antique brass, 3) chrome and black.  Don't be shy about mixing matte and polished finishes, like a matte black and chrome.



We recommend selecting one, primary finish to be used per room, with additional finishes serving as accents.  For example, since appliances are often stainless, you could use stainless/satin nickel as your primary finish in the kitchen, with black cabinet hardware (accent finish #1) and brushed brass lighting (accent finish #2).  It's ok to mix up the priorities from room to room, but utilize the same two-to-three finishes for the whole home.


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