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How to mix metal finishes in your kitchen

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Are you thinking of renovating your kitchen but have no idea what your metal finishes will be. Did you know how important cabinet handles and hardware are for creating the finished mood for your space? Who knew!

Here i have created a fail proof guide to create a perfectly balanced kitchen that will create an effortless and elegant kitchen that will make the stress of a new renovation and short-term relocation of your kettle into the living room all worth it.

Keep scrolling and discover how to find your best metal combo!


The most popular interior metals are:

  • aluminium
  • stainless steel
  • brass
  • copper
  • wrought iron
  • nickel

And the best finishes to go with your design are:

  • antique
  • brush
  • hammered
  • polished
  • satin

So how do we style these in our home. Keep reading below to find out how you can create your own unique feel.


If you have a bright and neutral home, use rich metals and warm finishes such as copper and brass to create interest and definition.

If you’ve gone bold and have a dark kitchen, why not pair with some more lighter finishes like stainless steel to balance out your colour scheme.

Your kitchen is a home where your family will live, and your fondest memories will be formed. Attention to detail will create a beautiful and effortless style for your new kitchen space.


If you want to mix your metals, chose from 2-3 different styles to create a balanced look. Place these into block’s so it looks clean and polished in your kitchen. Using 1 main dominant colour and pairing with 1-2 accent colours will create the most beautiful finish. 

As shown from Studio McGee, you can see she has used her cabinet handles in a warm brass colour, and has added contrast with a polished nickel finish in her hardware.

If this isn’t for you, choose just 1 metal for your kitchen to use throughout. This will still bring your kitchen to life and allow for a beautiful design.


Where you place your metals is important as it creates the mood of the room. Your kitchen is not your biggest room in the home so your placing of detail matters. 

The use of golden brass has been used in the lighting at the top of the room below and the dark iron has been placed at the bottom of the room, opening up the space and creating an effortless and elegant finish.

The key to getting this right is to block your metals.

(lighting in 1 block & hardware in a separate block)


Balance is key when deciding on where to place your metals. If you’re unsure, chose 1 main dominant finish and spread evenly throughout the kitchen. As shown below see the golden brass has been lightly spread throughout the kitchen, with just 1 piece of black iron in the window frames, adding a bold and industrial finish to the room.

The idea of this is to create an evenly spread design that create an effortless look. Placing 2-3 different finishes will create a balanced and interesting use of space and will help bring the life and soul of your home alive.

Best of luck and let me know how you guys get on. I’d love to see what combinations you come up with 🙂

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