Mixing Metals in the Kitchen

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Nov 15, 2010 | 9 Comments | Category: Kitchens

{Steven Gambrel}

As a kitchen designer, I get asked constantly about mixing metal finishes in the kitchen.  People tend to get a little matchy when it comes to their appliances, decorative hardware, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and even decorative metal hoods.  I’m here to say that it doesn’t have to match!  In fact, I usually prefer it not.  Steven Gambrel mixed warm gold decorative hardware (very bravely I might add – not an easy sell) with stainless steel appliances.

In “The Holiday” kitchen, stainless steel appliances and decorative hardware works with darker toned light fixtures. 

{Kitchen from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles}

This traditional white kitchen features polished nickel faucet plumbing fixtures (my favorite) with silver toned decorative hardware (can’t quite tell if the finish is brushed or polished) and a black light fixture. 

{Kitchen via Caesarstone website}

The kitchens in the photos above and below make the case for matching your decorative hardware, plumbing fixtures, and appliances.  The look is clean and fuss-free.

{Canadian House & Home}

{Courtney Hill}

I love the polished nickel pulls and plumbing fixtures that make this otherwise simple kitchen sparkle.

{Cynthia Ziegler via Things that Inspire}


{Elaine Griffin Interiors}

Copper and stainless steel – yes, you can mix those two finishes!

{Emily J Followill via Late Check In}

{Steve Giannetti}

All matching stainless/brushed finishes

{via Full House}

Katie Lee (formerly Joel’s) Hamptons kitchen – I LOVE this mix of stainless and gold! 


Posted By Lauren-Houston | Nov 02, 2010 | 4 Comments | Category: Magazines

Go buy the new November-December Veranda.  It’s amazing – Miles Redd to Saladino (see above).  My personal favorite is the London Residence of designer Veere Grenney.