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How to mix metals in a kitchen

Mixing metals in your kitchen might sound like being asked to colour outside of the lines by contrasting finishes but it isn’t as scary as it might sound. In fact, mixed metals in the kitchen is one of 2023 biggest kitchen trends. in our latest blog post, we explore how to mix metals in a kitchen successfully.

Not that long ago, everything centred around the use of chrome or stainless steel, not just in the kitchen, but in interiors in general. However, there has been a huge shift and we have never had as much choice when it comes to the metallic finishes we can pick, from aged brass through to brushed copper, there is now an abundance of choice.

Which is why it isn’t that much of a surprise that we want to use several of these options within a room, picking shades and products that we love, rather than having to make them fit within a pre-defined design. It also can add a beautiful sense of depth, adding a luxurious and high-end finish to your kitchen.

2023 is a year when we’ll see a lot more blending of different finishes in the kitchen, from brass to bronze, to stainless steel and nickel to many other options.

However, there are some loose rules to follow to make it a success. Our recommendation is to stick with two or three metal finishes to keep a cohesive look throughout, while also working to a 70/30 ratio. Pick a dominant metal finish (the 70%) and coordinate it with accent metals (the 30%). By sticking to these rules, you can create a visually rich and exciting space.

Mixing metals can be used to create a statement and focal point, drawing your eye in to features you want people to notice. For example, using copper in lighting to draw attention to your statement feature, while the rest of the metals used in the kitchen is in brushed nickel.

In this kitchen however, we wanted the whole space to grab your attention, which is why the deep rich purple (F&B Paean Black) cabinetry and gold hardware isn’t limited to just the kitchen island, instead we use it for the floor cabinets as well. This is in contrast to the tall and wall units (F&B Hardwick White) with industrial matt black handles. In doing so, your eyes are first draw to the darker units which set off the gold handles before moving to the lighter cabinets and taking in the unusual and intricate industrial handles.

Mixed metals aren’t just confined to one style of kitchen, such as traditional or contemporary either and work just as well in whatever style of kitchen you prefer. This is also true of warmer and cooler tone metals – there’s enough choice on the market to please all, allowing for the ultimate in kitchen personalisation, which is even more true when you mixed metals.

There is one final thing to consider when looking at mixing your metals. As a general rule of thumb, don’t choose the same metal but in a different finish e.g. chrome/brushed chrome. This can look like you couldn’t quite find the right item and it can come off as an accident rather than intentional. Instead, consider a different metal type if you want a different finish.

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