Can you mix bronze metal faucets with a stainless sink? I love some of the new rustic finishes (ie. California faucets weathered copper/bronze) but am planning to install a stainless sink. Would that be acceptable?
Yes, you can mix a bronze finish faucet with a stainless steel sink.
The use and presence of stainless steel in our homes has remained strong and has gained a much stronger presence over the past two decades to the point where we now consider it to be a neutral.
Its finish is considered to go with most anything the same a wood floors and white painted trim go with anything. All of those items are so common that we consider them to be universally acceptable to mix with anything else you desire to have in your home to personalize it as yours.
What to think about when deciding to go with a bronze faucet for example, is the "story" in your room or in all common areas of your home that can be seen at the same time, such as, quite commonly, the foyer, dining room, great room, and kitchen.
(This photo, taken from a version of The Worthington II, shows a popular open concept layout with open visibility between rooms.)
We create cohesion by looking to cabinet hardware, or lighting, or door hardware (knobs/levers and hinges).
If you want to use a bronze faucet think about what else it could connect to so that you create a cohesive "story" in your space.
Sometimes it's not even the other metal finishes that can make a bronze faucet "work" in your room. For example, the bronze faucet could even tie in to dark Espresso cabinets where everything else is brushed nickel.
(This kitchen photo, taken from a version of The Statesman, combines four primary fixture metal colors: stainless steel sink, range hood, and double wall ovens; "Burnished Bronze" pendant lights; oil rubbed bronze Moen brand kitchen faucet and soap dispenser; copper cabinet hardware on the black glazed island cabinets.)
Bronze and Espresso faucets can appear very similar, especially from a distance. So, that's how it's done when you want to mix finishes; stand back and look at your entire space and connect things somehow to make your story work!
(This kitchen photo, taken from a version of The Smokey Ridge, includes a "Venetian Bronze" faucet and soap dispenser with a stainless steel sink.)