Mixing Metals: Finishing Your Kitchen’s Look

The metals in your kitchen aren’t like your jewelry and shoes: there’s no rule they have to match. In fact, mixing various materials can create a more collected, contemporary, beautiful style — one that’s on trend and timeless. Designer kitchens often feature more than one metal, and different metals pull in additional styles to your space. That said, you can’t add anything, anywhere, in the name of mixing metals: the key is intentionality. The infographic below, Mixed Metal Kitchen Guide, highlights some specific tips to guide your selection.

To start, you’ll want to stick to a max of three different finishes total; anything more than that quickly clutters the kitchen and disturbs the cohesion. Of these, you want one finish to be the one you use most. This dominant metal will be your primary pick throughout the kitchen, with one or two others accenting it. Keep in mind, too, iron acts like a neutral compared to shiny metallics, and it can provide extra anchoring and industrial component that works with anything.

When it comes to picking pieces, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with which finish to use where. Here’s a tip to try: match the finish on your appliances to your sink faucet selection. Because the sink usually sits at the center of the layout, it can pull in the appliance finish and create unity. Likewise, to avoid that dated matchy-matchy look, contrast the finishes on your light fixtures. If the eating area has a metal chandelier, for example, consider glass pendants above the island.

To keep these tips handy, check out the below resource, which highlights eight important guidelines to help you mix metals beautifully.

Infographic created by Gerber.

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