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All Metals are Timeless | Centsational Style

When Pinterest announced its 2024 trends, it stated that cool tones were “so hot right now,” a pendulum swing from a love affair with gold. Oh how we love to see design trends to see how people dress and accessorize over the years, but it amuses me to think that somehow a certain metal from Earth is trendier than another. Aren’t all metals attractive in some form?

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After renovating dozens of spaces and closely observing the interior design industry for fifteen years, I believe we’ve arrived at what we can call the evolution of design. all The metal finish is timeless. What the designer is looking for in a metal is important to tell a story. It is the underlying tone of the metals that affects the overall style or aesthetic of a space as well as the shape and design of the fixtures chosen.

Different undertones and sheen make a difference. Warm undertones are found in brass, copper and rose gold while cool undertones are present in chrome and nickel. Warm undertones have reds, yellows, or browns while cool undertones have blues and grays. There are also a variety of finishes to choose from, ranging from brushed to polished.

When we study countless examples of well-designed rooms, every one can see a metallic finish. Take a closer look at the differences below and examples of all metallic finishes looking good in different locations

Polished and brushed nickel

Nickel is a silvery white metallic alloy that contains primarily nickel but also includes other metals such as copper, zinc, and sometimes iron. Nickel has good resistance to corrosion and tarnishing and is available in both polished and brushed textures, with polished versions appearing elegant and brushed styles more casual.

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Chrome is a bluish silver metal made from chromium plated on a base metal such as steel or brass. Chrome’s silver blue tone is cooler than warm nickel and has a reflective shine. Because it is resistant to corrosion and tarnishing, chrome is used extensively in automobile manufacturing but also for decorative kitchen and bath fixtures. A chrome finish is ideal for kitchen appliances and hardware because of its stain resistance, and chrome is often more affordable than nickel.


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Bronze is an alloy made mostly of copper and has beautiful brown undertones that are warmer than black. While oil rubbed bronze was popular fifteen years ago, I expect to see more use of bronze in modern design as warmer tones and textiles and tile make a comeback.

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Iron and black

A black finish is either wrought iron or a plated bronze or brass. Matte black has been trending for years, and what a great choice if high contrast or a bit of drama is what you’re looking for.

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Brass is a copper alloy that contains zinc and is corrosion resistant. Matte or unlacquered finishes are more popular this decade than the glossy lacquered fixtures of the 1980s. A beautiful brass faucet or hardware is always a timeless addition to a kitchen or bathroom or as a lighting choice in any space.

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rose gold

A mixture of copper and yellow gold gives rose gold its pink tone, a finish that has been in demand for years as an alternative to brass. This warm metal is often used in jewelry and accessories, but can also be found in faucets, mirrors, and other kitchen and bath fixtures.

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Like pewter with a deep gray tone, a gunmetal finish is desirable for its depth and finish that is darker than nickel and several levels up on the hue scale from bronze. Gunmetal is an alloy of bronze, made of copper, tin and zinc, it is scratch and corrosion resistant making it a good choice for faucets and hardware or sinks. Gunmetal or “graphite nickel” finishes were introduced to KBIS last year Increase in popularity and availability among manufacturers.

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Warm, versatile and timeless, copper has been used in kitchens and bathrooms for centuries. Copper is a soft metal with its own element, high conductivity and heat capacity and has been mined for centuries. In modern construction, it is used for plumbing and electrical work, but in kitchens and bathrooms it is used aesthetically and functionally as lighting, faucets, basins and utensils.


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Sometimes you want cool tone metal, sometimes you want the contrast and drama of black, sometimes you want the warmth of brass or copper. These are available to you depending on your preference.

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I understand why certain metals can become more popular for a few years and then go back to being a less chosen one, and I know we like to talk about trends in the design industry, but I really believe that calling any metal finish “in” is Stupidity or “out”. Every great designer has used all metal finishes in their portfolio depending on what they are creating, and mixing metals in a space or a home feels more considered and less matchy.

this Kitchen by Blue Interiors A good example of mixing metals: stainless steel appliances, brass pulls and lighting with silver tone faucets, and yet it maintains a cohesive look, balancing warm and cool tones.

Any metal looks good when used in the right way. Have a metal finish you dislike? Join the conversation!


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