The metals in your kitchen aren’t like your outfit and shoes: there’s no rule they have to match. In fact, mixing materials can create a more collected, contemporary, beautiful style — one that’s on trend and timeless. Designer kitchens frequently feature more than one type of metal, and different metals pull in additional styles to your space. That said, you can’t just add anything, anywhere, in the name of mixing metals: the key is intentionality. The resource below, Mixed Metal Kitchen Guide, highlights some specific tips to guide your selection.
First, you’ll want to stick to a max of three different finishes total; anything more than that quickly clutters the kitchen and disrupts overall look. 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 highlighting it. Keep in mind, too, iron acts like a neutral compared to shiny metallics, and it can provide an additional anchoring and industrial component that works with anything.
Do you think you can’t mix cool and warm metals? Think again. One of the best ways to warm up cool metals such as stainless steel is with accents of copper, gold or brass. These metals bring a welcoming and enlivening pop of color.
To keep these tips handy, check out the below resource, which highlights eight important guidelines to help you mix metals beautifully.
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