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Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel | How to Mix Finishes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:09 AM

Pairing Oil Rubbed Bronze with Stainless Steel

Learn How to Mix Metal Finishes Throughout Your New Home

Stainless Steel Appliances | New Home Kitchen DesignDeciding on the types (and variety) of metal finishes to incorporate into your home can be tough - with hundreds of design options ranging from oil rubbed bronze to chrome to stainless steel.

If you're having trouble choosing just one style, you're not alone!

We were recently asked this common interior design question through "Ask Andrea":

Is it okay to have oiled bronze faucets and stainless steel appliances in the same room?

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:

"Yes! It is certainly okay to have oil rubbed bronze faucets and stainless steel appliances together. 

That question seems to come up at least once a day in the world of residential design and construction. I haven't met another designer yet who would disagree with me.  In fact I think the fear of mixing more than one metal finish in a room is virtually unfounded professionally.

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Once you have been bold enough to mix more than one metal finish in a room, you will see that a thoughtful combination looks better, as the variation  brings more interest to the room.

In fact, design professionals often brag when successfully mixing finishes! The artful mix of more than one finish is a skill. Nonetheless I maintain that it really isn't that difficult to achieve as long as you keep a little balance in mind.

 

Stainless Steel Appliances in the Kitchen:

Since you mentioned stainless steel appliances let's talk about the kitchen and the opportunities available in this room alone, to create an artful mix of finishes with oil rubbed Bronze and stainless steel.

- You have bronze cabinet hardware to pick up the oil rubbed bronze from the faucet.

- The faucet most often installed in granite is an undermounted sink in stainless steel. 

- Overhead you have light fixtures. Light fixtures come in so many different finishes now that unless you want everything dictated to you by one lighting company, you are going to end up with more than one finish for lighting. Stainless Steel Appliances | New Home Kitchen Design

With an oil rubbed bronze faucet and bronze cabinet hardware, I would still feel that the stainless steel had a strong enough presence in the room, and I would go with some oil rubbed bronze on the light fixtures.

In popular transitional floorplans that people are opting to build, you can often view wrought iron railings from somewhere in the kitchen - the presence of yet another finish. This is where you have to relax and use your judgement.

Yes, most often the oil rubbed bronze tends to blend in with the wrought iron in the distance.  Furthermore door hinges and hardware present another opportunity or decision to tie in a finish.

What's a good general rule to follow when choosing finish types?

The accepted "rule" here seems to be that whatever finish you go with for door hardware and hinges throughout the house, you would consider that color to be your BASE metal finish.

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From there, if something is functioning purely for utility rather than decoration, then its finish should follow that of the door hardware.

When it comes to decorative items such as foyer fixtures, dining fixtures, and kitchen faucets, then we are commonly seeing a second metal finish being used as an accent finish.

With a little thought, some planning and attention to detail, mixing two beautiful finishes can and often does work out very well."

 

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!

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Kitchen Trends | Are Bronze Appliances On Their Way In?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 16:02 PM

Which Style Will Replace Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances?

Is Oil Rubbed Bronze the Next Big Trend?

 

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea":

What's the next Raleigh custom home trend after stainless steel appliances? I see some oil rubbed bronze in Jenn Air, but it looks almost brown. My friend's mother has goldish bronze appliances from the 60's and are nice looking. Will these bronze colored appliances become popular in new home kitchens?

 

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:

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Thank you for your question regarding color trends for major appliances in the home.

You mentioned the bronze appliances by Jenn Air - those were actually launched back in 2006. 

Jenn Air was obviously hopeful that these appliances would be a big hit running alongside the popularity of the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish for plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and bath, door, and cabinet hardware.

However, your remark that the bronze appliances look almost brown to you, coupled with the fact that they remind you somewhat of some older appliances from the past - specifically it sounds like you may be referring to appliances from the era of the Harvest Gold appliances that were first actually introduced in the late 1960's (along with Avocado Green) - precisely pinpoints the reason the bronze appliance launch has not really caught on.

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Although the idea was new, the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish was designed and introduced into the marketplace to be a compliment to the many decorating looks that became popular through the 1990's and into the first decade of the 21st century.

These styles include Old World looks, French Country, English Country, and so on, which were designed to look old or antique in nature.

The most popular styles are often modern versions of styles from the past.

The Oil Rubbed Bronze concept is sometimes appealing when it comes to free-standing ranges and decorative hoods, but generally, we want our appliances to look new and up to date as this also gives the perception that the kitchen has been updated and that every appliance will perform with the speed, accuracy, and convenience that we as consumers demand more and more of with every passing decade.

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So, will we see more Bronze appliances and will we see a return of Harvest Gold? I have not seen that on the horizon from the Appliance Council Of America, nor have I seen that rumor from the Color Association of America.

Although we may find comfort and sometimes glamor in Bronze and gold finishes throughout the home, the theme of modern convenience coupled with the Professional look and feel of stainless steel will continue to be the leading themes in residential appliance finishes.

At Stanton Homes, 24 of 25 new homes slated to complete this year have already selected a stainless steel appliance finish.

Thank you for your thought-provoking question - please don't hesitate to call on us again for decorating advice or opinions."

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!

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