Should Faucets & Cabinet Hardware Match?


When designing your new or remodeled kitchen or bath, you may find a faucet and cabinet hardware you love but the finishes are different. Mixing and matching metal finishes in the same room can be attractive if done correctly, creating a layered, interesting look. Simply take a few considerations into account to make your space cohesive.

Similarly Colored Metals

  • If you're considering mixing two metals that are similar in color -- for example, chrome and stainless steel -- a faucet that is different from cabinet hardware will be more difficult to discern and can flow quite nicely. Brushed and polished nickel can be mixed and matched seamlessly as well.

Different Colored Metals

  • Metals that are very different in color, such as oil-rubbed bronze and stainless steel must be managed more carefully and typically should not be mixed and matched in one room. Because the two metals will be very close in proximity to one another, aim to make them more similar in color.

How to Mix Different Finishes in One Room

  • If you'd like to mix finishes with very different colors, use one finish for lighting and the other for your faucet and cabinet hardware. Because lighting is farther away from your faucet than cabinet hardware is, the difference will be less stark and noticeable. Separating them visually in a room will make the mixing and matching more likely to be successful.

Mixing Finishes in Your Home

  • Many people choose to use different finishes throughout their home. For example, they might use oil-rubbed bronze for their entire kitchen and brushed nickel for their entire master bathroom, which is a widely accepted practice and can result in an attractive home. Don't feel pressured to use the same finish through your house, but use caution when mixing finishes within one room.

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