You’ve been shopping for a new brass faucet for weeks now, determined to hunt one down that matches your drawer pulls and knobs perfectly. It’s proven to be pretty much impossible. But it turns out mismatched kitchen hardware isn’t the faux pas you may think it is. In fact, many professionals would say the real mistake is trying to make them match in the first place. Don’t believe us? Maybe Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets, can convince you.
“The average homeowner picks out a faucet and hardware and tries to build a matching palette, and they’re never going to match perfectly, because different companies make those products,” says Pierce. “It’s better to pick a range of shades and go with that. Let them build on each other. That can be difficult to master if you’re not a designer, because there are a lot of finishes to layer.”
Here are a few tips for non-designers trying to wrap up their kitchen renovation:
1. Don’t stress about mismatched hardware. “People struggle because they choose a pop of brass and say, ‘I can’t find all those things that match.’ What I remind them is, they don’t have to. They’re not all sitting adjacent like throw pillows,” says Pierce. Instead of fixating on the fact that they don’t match exactly…