Top 5 Tips for Mixing Finishes

Mixing finishes is one of the hottest trends in design today.  While many of the old rules are gone (goodbye “matchy-matchy”), there are some new guidelines that designers recommend to ensure a dramatic look without overwhelming the space. 

Here Are Five Top Tips Created by Our Product Design Team.

  1. Be Intentional –  When mixing finishes, it’s important to have a plan to use the selected finish more than once in the space to ensure overall consistency.
Jeffrey Alexander’s Mirada Collection creates a streamlined look with Matte Black cabinet pulls on lower cabinets and Satin Nickel cabinet pulls on black upper cabinets

2. Bring Balance – Create balance by organizing finishes to create a streamlined look.  A good rule of thumb is to avoid having the same metal tone in two different textures in the space (i.e., mixing a polished nickel finish with a brushed nickel finish) because the combination does not provide enough contrast to create interest.

Matte Black hardware from Jeffrey Alexander’s Sonoma Collection blends effortlessly with the faucet in a coordinating finish

3. Mix it Up – Cabinetry provides an opportunity to mix finishes with flare. In the kitchen, create contrast by having different colors or finishes on upper and lower cabinets. For example, pair lighter color upper cabinets with darker color lower cabinets. Another good option is to choose a different color or material for the kitchen island to make a statement. 

NorthPoint Cabinetry Polar White upper cabinets and Espresso lower cabinets paired with Satin Bronze cabinet knob and pulls from Elements’ Thatcher Collection create an appealing contrast
Jeffrey Alexander Key Grande Collection in Matte Black and Brushed Gold

4. Look for Pre-Mixed Style  An easy way to add mixed finishes to a room is by selecting modern decorative hardware featuring mixed materials.  Check out Jeffrey Alexander’s Carmen collection, which combines clear acrylic and brushed gold tones, or Key Grande collection in matte black with brushed gold or satin nickel.

5. Combine Organic and Manufactured Materials – Modern style brings together modern materials with natural, timeless elements.  Think industrial style metal shelving with green plants or natural wood cabinetry with distressed antique silver or hammered metal decorative hardware.  Stone backsplashes are another great way to ease natural elements into built spaces.

The Carmen Collection from Jeffrey Alexander

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