When It Comes To Kitchen Design Trends, Mixing Metals Is Hot

Mixing Metals When Designing a Kitchens Is a Good Thing

One of the hottest trends right now is mixing metal finishes in the kitchen. Born from the influence of the fashion industry, mixing metals can bring vibrancy and focus to your space. It’s no longer against the rules to combine metals, shades, and textures within your interior design!

Tips For Mixing Metals In Your Kitchen Design

When mixing metals in your kitchen space, it’s important to create a layered look that is visually impressive. Here are some tips to get your creative juices flowing!

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• Think Fire and Ice: Blend Warm and Cool Tones

A design concept called “compelling opposition” is the core of mixing metals. While there’s no hard and fast rules or ratios, you can get the most impact by combining “warm” metals like copper and gold, with “cooler” ones like polished chrome or stainless steel.

When you begin to incorporate metals in the kitchen, start with the faucet finishes, cabinet hardware, and lighting. You can also add in interesting metallic touches like open shelving, wine racks, and decor items to complete your kitchen.

Think minimalist. Start by selecting no more than two cool tones and two warm ones. This can bring compelling opposition to life without overwhelming the space!

• Balance Mixed Metals Within The Kitchen

As a general interior design principal balance is an essential element of any design. You wouldn’t place all of the furniture in a room on only one side. The same holds true when mixing metals.

Spread your metal elements throughout the room. Blending warm tones and cool tones throughout the room creates an attractive sense of flow visually and helps the entire space feel cohesive!

• Let Yourself Go A Little!

Trust yourself! Mixing metals is all about creating your unique aesthetic in the kitchen. Go with what attracts you. Maybe it will be as simple as a copper range hood over the stainless steel chef’s stove, or polished brass pulls on the bottom drawers and brushed nickel handles on the cabinets.

Ultimately, selecting your faucets, fixtures, lighting, and hardware using metals you are drawn to will give your kitchen a curated look that showcases your aesthetic vision but to ensure success always consult with your designer.

Work With A Professional Designer

When creating a beautiful kitchen design using mixed metals think about the many metal surface you can have, like lighting, a metallic tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, decorative hardware range hoods, even a tin ceiling and other decorating accessories.

Variety is the spice of life! A beautiful mixed metal kitchen can be created in any style from French country to industrial. You can have elements like beautiful copper sconces or pendant lights with oil-rubbed bronze pulls and hinges, stainless steel appliances and a polished nickel pot-filler over the stove. Your budget and creativity only limit you.

If you’re not sure how to proceed or are feeling a little unsure about mixing metals, start by doing some research online. Visit websites like Houzz, Architectural Digest, or HGTV to get inspiration. If you’re working with a kitchen designer or design build firm they can help you to create your vision and explain your options.

Here at Toulmin Cabinetry and Design, we’re up to date on all of the latest trends in kitchen design including mixing metals. Make an appointment to sit with a member of our design team to discuss your kitchen-remodeling project and let us help you to create your dream kitchen!


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