Mixing Metals

Mixing Metals

Trends come and go, and along the way we realize in an effort to make a bathroom look timeless (or rather not dated) by using a combination of materials seems to be the key.  One measure of this concept in the plumbing industry is mixing metals. Not only are designers using multiple finishes in a space (lighting, cabinetry hardware, faucets) but even within faucet collections, there are intricate designs of mixed metal finishes.  Brizo, for example, has done a great job with this concept in splitting finishes on some of their faucets, including the new Litze collection.  Kohler faucet manufacturer is exploring the idea of taking it a step further and creating an ombre faucet.  Per a Kohler resource, “The new Ombré finish for kitchen and bath faucets from Kohler uses an innovative technique that melds two vibrant metal finishes together to render a subtle but striking transition from light to dark.”   

 

 

We’ve seen collectively matte black paired with brushed gold.  Brushed nickel mixed with distressed nickel, polished nickel with champagne bronze, and many more combinations and all are absolutely stunning.  The designs are simple yet refined, bringing an elegance to a bathroom or kitchen.  ]

 

 

This wave of styles couldn’t have come at a better time.  With the holidays around the corner, homeowners can update their bathrooms or spruce up kitchens without comprising budgets by simply replacing faucets or hardware while keeping some of their existing metals.   Interior Designers and plumbing showrooms have trained experts who can help homeowners make sure they are selecting the right products whether it is style or finish, height or configuration, functions or simplicity.

With the industrial design concepts we’ve been seeing, it inspired a new arts and crafts movement melding multiple metal finishes.  Faucets are now looking more and more artisanal rather than just functional-statement pieces for a perfectly designed space.  

 

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