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Fixtures and Faucets
December 12, 2012
How do I decide between brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze light fixtures, door hardware and faucets? Most of my furniture is brown/bronze/gold/rust/light green, our floors will be a medium brown, cabinets in kitchen are off white with glaze and walnut island. I'm stuck....please help!!!
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A. Peltier Interiors
Because your furniture colors are very warm, I might suggest going with the oil rubbed bronze, but if you really like the brushed nickel better, that will work fine as well. Which one do you prefer?
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 7:59AM
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Shawn Lagemann
It really is a personal preference. I might add, it is okay to mix finishes. For example: brushed nickel faucets and oil rubbed bronze for the lighting, door knobs etc. Remember to request hinges for your passageway doors that match the other hardware. Many companies still standardly use brass.
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 8:26AM
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Initially I wanted brushed nickel because I felt like it gave a lighter look but now I'm second guessing myself based on my furniture selection....Does that really matter? So its ok to do brushed nickel faucets and oil rubbed bronze for lighting??? Which would I use for cabinet hardware?
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 9:04AM
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I chose a brushed nickel faucet for my stainless steel sink, as I think it "matched" the sink better than chrome.

Mixing metals in kitchens is perfectly acceptable. There is even an Ideabook titled "How to Mix Metals in the Kitchen."
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 9:13AM
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Shawn Lagemann
I think looking at the ideabook is a great idea. Go ahead and use the nickel for the faucets. If your kitchen cabinets have concealed hinges, decide on whether you'd like a knob or a pull and go get some and try them out. There have been so many finishes that have waxed and wained over the years look at light fixtures that appeal to you and the details of your home, then decide on the finish. You may be able to find more in one finish over another. Regardless of the popularity "at the time" some architecture looks better with certain finishes. Williamsburg Colonials still look amazing with brass, and antique gold, how popular is that choice today?
    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 9:30AM
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