Ramona 8" shown in Matte Black with brass cabinet hardware. Interiors by Bespoke Redesign and Chi Townhouse. Photo by Anjali Pinto.

Ramona 8" shown in Matte Black with brass cabinet hardware.
Interiors by Bespoke Redesign and Chi Townhouse. Photo by Anjali Pinto.

Hardware, plumbing, and lighting fixtures play pivotal roles in home design. While matching these elements has been the norm, contemporary design encourages the artful mixing of finishes to create a dynamic and personalized space. Below, we explore principles and strategies for harmoniously blending hardware, plumbing, and lighting finishes to elevate your interior design.

1. Establish a Unified Theme

Before delving into the world of mixed finishes, it's essential to establish a cohesive style for your space. Whether your preferences lean toward Modernist or Traditional design, a unified theme provides a framework for selecting complementary finishes. Consider your space's overall mood, color palette, and architectural elements to guide your decision-making process.

2. Choose a Primary Finish

Begin by selecting one finish that serves as the foundation of your design scheme. This could be the finish of your cabinet hardware, faucets, or lighting fixtures. Opt for a finish that anchors your space and sets the tone for the rest of the elements. Allocate 70-80% of your finishes to the dominant metal tone.

3. Introduce Contrast and Variation

Once you've established a dominant finish, introduce contrast and variation by incorporating complementary finishes. Allocate 20-30% to a secondary finish that complements the dominant tone. Experiment with mixing metals to add visual interest to your space. For instance, pair polished nickel plumbing fixtures with Heirloom Brass lighting for a sophisticated juxtaposition or combine Matte Black lighting with Brass hardware for a striking contrast.

4. Consider the Overall Flow

When mixing finishes, consider the flow and continuity of your space to create a cohesive design narrative. Ensure that the finishes you select transition smoothly from one area to another, creating harmony and unity throughout your home. For instance, if you've chosen Brass hardware for your kitchen, carry the same finish into adjoining spaces such as the dining area or living room to maintain consistency and flow.

5. Incorporate Unifying Elements

To create a cohesive look, incorporate unifying elements such as textiles, frames, or architectural details. These elements serve as connective threads that bridge the gap between different finishes and foster a sense of harmony. Whether repeating a particular metal tone in a frame or introducing accent pieces in complementary hues, these subtle touches enhance the overall aesthetic of your space.

Marie Sconce shown in Heirloom Brass mixed with Polished Nickel plumbing fixtures.

Marie Sconce shown in Heirloom Brass with Polished Nickel plumbing and cabinet hardware.

 Final Thoughts

Mixing hardware, plumbing, and lighting finishes offers a creative opportunity to infuse your interior design with personality and visual interest. With some care, you can achieve a harmonious balance of finishes that adds depth and sophistication to your space. Embrace your design instincts, experiment with different combinations, and let your creativity shine. If you are uncertain whether your finishes will be complementary, start by ordering finish samples or if you have a question, contact our customer service team. They love to talk design and are always happy to help.

March 18, 2024
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