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STORIES FROM PATINA MEADOW

CRAFTING CHARACTER - THE ART OF BLENDING HARDWARE FINISHES

As I have been designing spaces here at Patina Meadow, I have realized that I have been continuously breaking an interior design rule, not only here, but throughout my career.


When it comes to interior design, it's the details that truly make a space come alive. One often overlooked detail that can have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic is hardware finishes.


Image by Lisa Romerein

Traditionally, there’s a notion that these finishes must match throughout a home to maintain a sense of uniformity. However, I see this as a rule meant to be broken. In my designs, I embrace mixing hardware finishes, as I believe it can actually add more character and depth to a space.


Image by Lisa Romerein

Today, I wanted to delve into the art of mixing hardware finishes, specifically my favorites; brass, nickel, and pewter, and explore how this approach can transform your home into a curated collection of unique elements.


BREAKING THE MOLD - EMBRACING DIVERSITY IN HARDWARE FINISHES


Image by Lisa Romerein

Gone are the days of strictly adhering to a single hardware finish for every room in your home. Mixing finishes such as brass, nickel, and pewter not only breaks the mold but also elevates your design to a new level of sophistication. Each finish has its own distinct charm, and by combining them, you create a visually appealing tapestry that draws the eye and sparks conversation.


CREATING DEPTH AND VISUAL INTEREST


Image by Lisa Romerein

In this kitchen, I used pewter for most of the lighting, and brass for the faucets and cabinet knobs. The contrast between the two finishes not only adds depth to the design but also creates a sense of visual interest that engages anyone who steps into the space. This blend of finishes encourages the eye to explore the room, highlighting each unique element and creating a more dynamic experience.


CRAFTING A CURATED COLLECTION


Image by Lisa Romerein

One of the most intriguing aspects of mixing hardware finishes is that it mimics the way we collect and curate items over time. Just as a well-curated collection of antiques or art pieces reflects the personality of the collector, a home adorned with various hardware finishes tells a story of careful consideration and an appreciation for diversity. It's as if each piece has its own tale to share, contributing to the overall narrative of your home.


HARMONIZING THE MIX


Image by Lisa Romerein

While the idea of mixing hardware finishes might sound exciting, it's essential to approach it with a sense of balance and harmony. To achieve this, consider the following tips:


So go ahead, break free from the constraints of uniformity and let your imagination run wild!


For more insights into my design philosophy, you can check out our Patina Design Bundle, featuring our 4 books, Patina Style, Patina Farm, Patina Living, & Patina Homes!



And, of course, if you have any questions about mixing hardware finishes, leave them in the comments below.


xx

Brooke




2 Comments


Guest
Aug 31, 2023

Thank for this wonderful idea, would you be able to give an example of a unifying element in the finishes? For some reason I just can't seem to figure that one out. Love the photos, they are superb! Maureen in Orinda, CA

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Guest
Sep 02, 2023
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I'm not a designer, but what I see is that in these examples Brooke choose finishes that are warm in color, low shine and share the appearance of aged character so they harmonize. I'm curious to see how she would mix elements to compliment the glossy, cool tone of chrome.

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