Balancing Ideas For Family Room And Kitchen

It resembles asking– does whatever in your house need to be in proportion and completely balanced? Well, NO, it does not if you don’t care for balance– and YES, if you do like balanced styles.
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Balance– yes?

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Asymmetry– yes?

Simply put, like the symmetry/asymmetry concern – there is no right or incorrect response to whether your hardware need to match. Simply like I am a symmetry enthusiast, I like hardware to match.

Let’s back up a bit before we dissect the response.

When Ben and I bought our home about 20 years back– glossy brass was all the rage here in West University. Throughout our community – door knobs, faucets, kitchen area knobs, and hinges– were all glossy brass. And– like my peers, I too had little round knobs throughout, in addition to door levers made in brass and I was in love and believed it was the very best looking hardware around..

About ten years later, the pewter appearance started being available in design, specifically the rough, handcrafted looking hardware. Around that time, white marble kitchens also entered into appeal together with stainless steel appliances. And with that– shiny nickel got appeal to pop off the white marble. In other words– my brass looked terribly dated, as did my countertops.

And so, around 8 years earlier, I started and replaced every piece of brass in my house with a synthetic rough pewter and added a glossy nickel faucet in my cooking area (which chose my brand-new white marble kitchen.).

I thought I was set and completed. Never again would I have to stress over hardware in my house once again.

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Basket weave faux handmade pewter..

And after that– brass returned. And it’s HUGE. It’s EVERYWHERE.

Quandary.

I’m not going back. I swear. NO!

— the appearance is suddenly young and it’s perfect for the more youthful set. It’s combined a lot with dark painted cabinets and that is where brass looks fantastic.

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Such as this– the brass faucet, sink and hardware matched with a dark gray paint. Gorgeous!

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Kelly Wearstler in dark green with brass. The backsplash is excessive for me, however the brass and green is lovely.

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I would believe the FIRST question for you is– do you wish to opt for shiny brass? I would first rule out shiny brass or choose to choose mostly chrome/nickel/pewter.

Now, if you pick glossy brass like this– in the kitchen area, I would use brass throughout. I would never ever blend this glossy brass with shiny nickel or pewter. So– if you glossy brass, carry it throughout– all the way..

Now– if you want to blend shiny brass with other metals– I would blend it with oil rubbed bronze and vintage brass..

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Why blend it up– it just looks unexpected.

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This just makes sense– the white marble, the chrome, and the crystal..

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Now, here– they utilized the oil rubbed bronze which DOES appearance great with satin brass.

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Again, satin brass looks great with the oil rubbed bronze.

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White marble, glossy brass– and this looks excellent with the crystal blended with gold.

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This designer utilized Restoration Hardware– then had actually the chrome plated to this brass..HERE … Brass with white marble. Bunny Williams included an interesting texture to the backsplash and hood.Love this– Brooke Shields. I would blend in brass with this.
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Randy Powers– green cabinets with stainless and chrome. Notification the chairs with the chrome.

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Keep in mind Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hampton’s kitchen? Today– she would most likely utilize brass rather of chrome..

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I love the uniformity here. And I like the big icebox hinges.

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Here– because whatever is glossy– it looks excellent together. Even the barstools and floor are shining.

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ut this look dreadful. Simply dreadful. These metals are so far apart– and the blue tiles– it’s just dreadful. The metals should relate in order to blend them– this brass looks pink.

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Again– no. There is something about the color of these pendants that looks bad with the bronze. No..

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And I enjoy mixing in a fabric/rattan/straw pendant..

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I love this kitchen area.

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Jackye Lanham mixes stainless and antique pewter with material– and it’s incredible. Again– an expert did this kitchen, and it shows.

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Lanham blended metals once again– including pewter, iron, and shiny nickel and silver. Once again– these metals are all in the very same household and are simple to mix and look great..

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All stainless– with black. A small kitchen, pretty.

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Blending red with white and black. Jeffrey Bilhuber– love. But again, this ought to be left for the professionals.

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his is terrific– however the chairs KILL it. I would have done a white slipcovered chair h.

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ere. This linen material and light wood is all wrong with the cool colors..

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Velour and Linen recently developed a new house– and combined all the metals. Here brass and stainless appearance excellent together– the wood tone bridges the metals..Brass is a living component. They picked unpolished brass. It will naturally patina– you can see the procedure has currently started..

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I like how this matches– the steel doors and the lights and the granite. BUT– I am matchy matchy. A bronze will look good here too..

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Ever since Ginger Barber’s cone pendant– I’m in love with them. Here– the brass inside matches the hardware– while the stainless hood blends. Notification how the big wood boards bridge the metals.

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Is this so matching that it is boring? Would a bronze or brass component been much better?

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  1. Kelly Wearstler– dark paint and brass. I can’t see including in chrome or stainless in a home like this – it would need to be all brass.

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A mix of antique brass and matte chrome with stainless..

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All in the household– oil rubbed bronze and stainless. Absolutely nothing glossy, all matte. Again, classic brass over the island would have worked too.

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Here– all in the family. But, considering that there is glossy blended with matte– there is no brass, which is correct.

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The wood shelves include a great natural touch/texture.

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This open living concept mixes all metals and painted surfaces and it works since everything seems to mix together. I see brass sconces on the right, painted iron over the dining table, dark iron over the island, crystals and brass in the living-room..

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Suzanne Kasler

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In a number of pictures from one home by Suzanne Kasler– you can see that she has mixed it all up– and it works. The door hardware is oil rubbed bronze while her light is matte brass. The mirrors are likewise brass and there are black iron tables which blend in. There would be no reason to have brass hardware on the doors, the mix of these metals works terrific.

In the dining-room– the chandelier has the dark iron base which works with the sconces and the hardware around your house. If you want to mix in a crystal chandelier, the iron base is a great option.

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In the household room– the iron and oil rubbed bronze are mixed here. Once again, a matte brass would have worked too.

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And in the kitchen– all the metals are combined again– however they are dull, not glossy, so they mix nicely. Shiny brass would have thrown everything off here.

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And in the bedroom– the mixture continues with the bronze hardware and matte brass sconces.

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To sum it up– it’s personal if you choose to mix metals.

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