Mixing Metal Hardware and Fixtures In A Kitchen Design and Remodel

 Image Courtsely Amerock Hardware

Image Courtsely Amerock Hardware

Mixing Metals in Your Kitchen Design is the Hot New Trend

One of the hottest trends in interior design right now is mixing metal finishes in the kitchen. With its roots in contemporary fashion design, mixing metals can bring focus and excitement to your kitchen space. Today, it's no longer taboo to combine metals, shades, and textures when choosing the materials for your kitchen design.

Let's explore some of the techniques, concepts and tricks for successfully mixing metals into your kitchen design.

Mixing Metals in Your Kitchen Design: Tips and Tricks

One important design technique to consider when mixing metals in the kitchen is creating a layered look. It's a visually impressive technique that can draw your eye to various focal points in your kitchen with a subtlety that adds an elegance to your kitchen design. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started!

• Balance Metals Within Your Kitchen Design

One of the primary design principals to follow when creating any interior design is achieving balance. For example, you wouldn't place all of the living room furniture on one side of the room. The same concept is true when mixing metals in your design.

Spreading metal elements around the room, from cabinet hardware to lighting and appliances can create a sense of flow throughout the space. Blending warm and cool tones around the space can make the space feel cohesive.

• Blending Warm and Cool Tones

“Compelling opposition” is the design concept at the core of mixing metals. While there are no hard rules, you get tremendous impact combining “warm” metal tones like gold and copper, with “cooler” tones like stainless steel.

When you begin creating your design, start by incorporating metals into the faucet finishes, lighting and cabinet hardware. Once you've established you “base” layer, begin incorporating interesting complimentary metallic touches like open shelving, wine racks, hanging stainless cookware, and in other decorative elements to complete your design.

In terms of design style, think minimalist. Start with two warm tones and two cold ones. This can help you create compelling opposition within your space without overwhelming the space.

• Let Your Creativity Soar!

Trust your creative instincts! Mixing metals is an eclectic design trend. Go with what is aesthetically pleasing to you. Maybe it's as simple as a copper range hood over the six-burner stainless steel chef's range, or brushed nickle pulls on the uppers and polished brass handles on the bottom cabinets.

If you think about it, there are a number of surfaces that can incorporate metals into your design. From your faucets to fixtures, lighting, cabinet hardware and appliances, use metals you are drawn to. It will give your space a curated look that can showcase your style. If you have reservations, or need some guidance consult with a professional designer.

Working With A Professional Kitchen Designer

To take your design to the next level, consider working with a professional designer. They can work with your creative vision and add design enhancements to elements you may not have considered, like installing a dramatic metallic tile backsplash, or a vintage tin ceiling.

You can incorporate a mixed metals design into almost any style of kitchen from French country, to traditional to industrial. You can have dramatic lighting elements like copper sconces mixed with oil rubbed bronze fixtures, and stainless steel appliances. Your only limits are your arsthetic vision and your budget.

If you'd like to learn more about mixing metals there are plenty of online sources that can help you gain an understanding of the dynamics of this design concept. Visit websites like DIY and HGTV, Architectural Digest and Houzz to get inspired. If you are working with a designer, they can work with your creative vision, explain your options and offer dramatic ideas for incorporating mixed metals into your kitchen design.

The design team at Forward Design Build Remodel is current with all of the latest trends in interior design. We've worked with our clients to create stunning kitchens with mixed metals. If you're considering a project, give one of our experienced designers a call and make a free appointment to discuss your options. We're always happy to help you create your dream living space!


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