It used to be easy. Choose between polished chrome, satin nickel or oil-rubbed bronze and use one metal everywhere. But now that brass is back how do you incorporate this new favorite into your decorating scheme? Is it acceptable to use brass handles and a chrome faucet? HELP!
Think of it like this: Would you wear gold earrings with a silver necklace? Probably not. Would you wear gold earrings, a gold necklace and shoes with a silver ankle clasp? Probably you would. When you are remodeling your kitchen you may not want to have gold sconces (as shown above) with a stainless fridge or stove.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. If you plan to never resell your home without doing a remodel, you are free to do whatever you want and disregard this opinion article. However, if you are either a builder or remodeling your home to sell, choose wisely. Maybe you didn't notice anything wrong with the picture above but most likely your eye immediately picked up on the gold above the sink and the silver everywhere else. That's why you don't wear gold earrings and a silver necklace. Eyesore.
As shown above, oil-rubbed bronze is a safe choice to mix with brass, chrome or satin nickel. If wondering which is the most timeless, that is a tough call. Each finish seems to have their own moment in the spotlight. Fortunately, cabinet hardware, door handles, faucets and lighting aren't as complicated or costly to replace as flooring and cabinets. It's too bad that styles come and go so quickly in the fickle world we live in. As long as you're trying to sell a product in it, I guess we must follow the trends.
There are always exceptions. Like a fine timepiece with the right liaison, different metals can be mixed in a beautiful way that makes the whole look cohesive.