Our New Favorite Trend: Mixed Metals

I love researching new kitchen trends. Many people come into our showroom wanting their new kitchen to be trendy and a replica of what they see on Pinterest, Houzz or HGTV. It is important for remodeling companies to stay on top of what is currently considered trendy and what is considered 'dated.' Stevens Kitchens is busy keeping up with the current trends!

Right now, one of our favorite trends is the use of mixed metals in the kitchen. What's great about this trend is that there are so many variants and levels to it. You can be subtle or you can be bold with how you incorporate the mixed metals. There's no right or wrong way to decorate. Here are some tips I learned in my research but remember, you can mix metals however you like!

1. Find a starter or main metal to use

A good starter metal to use is brass. For a long time, we considered brass to be outdated but brass finishes now vary across the board and are a lot softer than the brass that would be in your grandmother's home.

Brass lighting or plumbing fixtures are a great way to add that pop of color without overdoing it. With something as warm as brass, you are going to want to offset it with a cooler tone. One reason why mixing metals work is the contrast between warm and cool. Metals that are cooler tones are silver and chrome for instance. Your warm metals will be gold, brass, rose gold, and iron.

2. Keep each metal on the same visual plane

If you have a palette of chrome and brass you will want to keep all the chrome fixtures horizontal to the eye and the brass fixtures should be vertical to the eye. It doesn't matter what metal goes which direction, as long as they align.

3. Use Texture

A kitchen is a place where there may not seem to be a lot of texture to work with but there are a few ways you can play up the texture!

Sure you have your brass and your bronze but nowadays you have the option of picking your sheen. There are matte and polished options. You may even want to consider oil-rubbed, antiqued or brushed finishes.

4. Stick to 2-3 Finishes

Experts say more than 2 or 3 finishes can be confusing to the eye. We recommend sticking with between 1 and 3 finishes.

I can't wait to see how our clients approach this trend!




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