Mixed Metals

As soon as we moved in to our house two years ago, we knew that eventually we wanted to make a few upgrades to the kitchen. Our kitchen is not horrible – in fact it’s really nice. It’s open, and bright, the cabinets are all new and we have plenty of storage – but it’s just not our taste. The cabinets and hardware are both a little more modern than we would have chosen if we picked out everything ourselves. This is the room where we spend most of our time and I really want it to be a cozy space that reflects our style. We’ve already made some changes, we’ve added a new light fixture (the old one can be seen here and more about our lighting, er, ceiling fan dilemma can be found here), installed under cabinet lighting and added a chalkboard wall to the side of the cabinet. Our ultimate plan is to paint the cabinets white, install a subway tile backsplash (like we did in the bathroom), install butcher block countertops, add an apron front sink and change out the hardware. Here’s how the kitchen looks today,

kitchen | home sweet blog

kitchen | home sweet blog

I would also love to add molding to the tops of the cabinets, remove the microwave and build a range hood and build some narrow open shelving (maybe something like industrial like this?) to replace the small shelf we have now… which was in my dorm room in college. But, that’s for another day.

While the kitchen reno is not on the top of our priority list, I’m constantly looking for inspiration. I’m obsessed with brass hardware, but have been worried about using it in the kitchen. We have a stainless faucet and stainless appliances and an oil-rubbed bronze light fixture. I wondered if bringing in another metal would be too much. Lately I’ve really started to notice kitchens with several different metal finishes and I think they all look ahh-mazing!

mixed metals 8 | home sweet blog

brass kitchen cabinet hardware | home sweet blog

brass t-bar pulls | home sweet blog

brass footed pull | home sweet blog

brass bin pull | home sweet blog

brass knob | home sweet blog

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mixed metals | home sweet blog

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And of course, one of my all-time favorite kitchens from one of my all-time favorite bloggers,

mixed metals via urban grace | home sweet blog

mixed metals 2 via urban grace | home sweet blog

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mixed metals 6 via urban grace | home sweet blog

mixed metals 5 via urban grace | home sweet blog

mixed metals 7 via urban grace | home sweet blog

What do you think? Are stainless and bronze and brass too much for one room?

{ all images via my Pinterest board unless otherwise noted }

3 thoughts on “Mixed Metals

  1. Wow, you have so many awesome elements in your kitchen to work with! Really love your plans. Did I spy a cafe curtain on a window in the corner of the second photo? I need more cafe curtains in my life.

    I get super wound up in decisions like mixing metals and hem and haw over it, then I see pictures where its been done and it’s totally NBD. I do it in my house, and I think it adds a bit more visual texture. All the same metal = kinda flat looking in my opinion.

    • It is a cafe curtain! I made it out of a French Stripe curtain panel that I found at PB Outlet for $5! It’s such an awkward, small little window the a cafe curtain was the best fix.

      I know, right!? I definitely over think it. I think the mix actually looks so effortless, whereas matchy, matchy can be too fussy.

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