Mixing & Matching Bathroom Hardware
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When designing or updating a bathroom, an aspect to consider is the mixing or matching of hardware fixtures. Deciding on fixtures is certainly a personal design preference, but it can also be based around existing hardware, faucets or shower heads. There are finishes that can be used simultaneously and don’t look significantly different. For instance, polished chrome and polished nickel look similar while matte black and brushed brass finishes complement each other. As such, these finish pairings, although different, won’t clash in the way typical mismatched hardware might. Let’s jump into the mix-and-match madness!
It’s recommended to do your best at matching hardware because it creates a flow throughout your bathroom. However, it’s more common for hardware not to match because doorknobs and faucets that were previously installed are a different finish than what may be the target or theme of the room. If deciding to update or newly renovate a bathroom, choosing a finish can really create and allow the design theme to tie in nicely.
There are so many finish options, it can become overwhelming. The best way to decide on a finish for the hardware is to examine the colors used in the bathroom, then put different finish options beside it. This will allow you to see how they contrast against each other and whether or not that goes along with your vision. After deciding on the finish, follow through with decor items such as towel racks and soap dispensers to match. The hardest part of matching hardware is picking the finish that works best for your bathroom.
The mismatch of fixtures and hardware in your bathroom can actually add dimension to the space. There are several finish options that can be used successfully together without hindering the design. Also, a good rule of thumb is to keep the number of metals to around three. This achieves the look without the metals looking too scattered. Depending on the theme in your bathroom, you can pick which finishes would align best but here’s a design to consider.