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Copper Sinks -

Nice post and beautiful pictures...

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ellen -

This is the same dilemma I have with my bathroom. I bought a vanity that has a handpainted parchment finish with dark wood top and sides, biscuit porcelain sink and pewter hardware and faucet. The pewter accents actually make no sense since the predominant colors and wood are all brown. I may have to replace the faucet (because I bought the vanity as is and it is missing a piece) and i need to buy a mirror, sconces, towel bar, etc. The selection is really limited in pewter and I prefer chrome, brushed chrome or nickel. It is a really small powder room so I am confused about what color finish I should go with. Advice will be appreciated.

Orion Henderson -

I can't tell you what will or won't work out for you. I feel it is best to order samples of a variety of pieces of hardware in a variety of finishes and see what works best. I can't speak for other companies, but with Horton Brasses you can return any and all hardware you don't wish to use.

sarah foley -

I am picking out a sink and faucet for a bar area/kitchen and wonder about putting in a copper sink, oil-rubbed bronze faucet and stainless appliances? Will this work? I also have pendants to put in and have no idea what color to go with there.

nancy july 25 -

We have stainless appliances,labradore black counter top, bisque sink and oil rubbed bronze faucet, oil rubbed bronze ceiling light and oil rubbed bronze ceiling fan. is this to many different finishes

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julie -

can you mix a stainless steel sink and bronze faucet

Leslie -

In regards to mixing finishes...we are building our own house (doing all the work ourselves) and are currently working on the kitchen. My cabinets are all hand made and are painted bright white. Walls are light tan, floor is pine, ceiling will be a brushed nickel tin tile. All the appliances are stainless. The light fixtures are all oil rubbed bronze (they stood out better on the nickel ceiling). So, my question is this, I am not searching for a sink and faucets. Originally we were going to put in a stainless sink to match with all the other stainless/brushed nickel in the kitchen but I am not sure that's the direction I want to go. There will also be a stainless backsplash behind my counters and I am afraid it will all just blend into one another. Thought about oil rubbed bronze fixtures on the sink but don't know that I have ever seen them on a stainless sink. Looked at oil rubbed bronze sinks, and am still in sticker shock. Thoughts...ideas on options that would go together but not fade into the walls etc?

Jan -

We are building a craftsman style house. I chose brushed nickel faucets for the master bath. The shape suits the style. The cabinetry is quarter-sawn oak. Across the room we chose a claw-foot tub with oil-rubbed feet and fixtures. A small glass chandelier will hang above it. The dilemma is which hardware to use on the cabinets and which light fixtures to hang above them. Please help!

Orion -

Leslie-not sure if there is a right or wrong answer to your dilemma. If possible I would try things out and see what you think. If it were me I would want my faucet to be the same as my sink (assuming it wasn't stone). I would be quite happy to mix the hardware and lighting with those elements though. I like the look of oil rubbed lighting and hardware with stainless appliances and sinks.

Orion -

Jan-there is no right or wrong here. I would suggest matching the hardware and lighting to one of the other metals-either the faucets or the claw foot tub. Again though, order samples and return what you don't want. I think the oil rubbed be more dramatic with the oak, particularly a nice quatersawn oak. Nickel finishes might look very modern on a craftsman home.

Lisa Bloch -

We are building a Nantucket shingle style home and are struggling with our door hardware finishes. We are using ORB on our stained mohagany front door and will have dark hardwood floors and light neutral colors throughout. We have a modern flare but want something that will stand the test of time. What are your thoughts about using either polished or brushed nickel or ORB on the interior doors and hardware? Also thoughts about lever or knobs? We are leaning toward polished nickel but are unsure. Thanks.

Susan S. -

I have a beautiful polished brass faucet in my guest bathroom. Can you suggest a finish for my vanity light fixture and cabinet hardware. I want to mix finishes but I'm not sure which one to go with. Thanks!

Orion -

Lisa-There is no right answer-whatever finish you prefer. Or use one finish for your cabinetry and the other for the architectural hardware-doors, etc. Both polished nickel and oil rubbed bronze (dark antique as we call it) are finishes that I don't think are going to look dated in a decade.

Susan: I suggest going with something very different if you are mixing. With polished brass you might blend with polished nickel-the texture of the metals will match while the color will contrast.

DeDe -

Building a new kitchen, all appliances are stainless. I wanted a hammered copper farm/apron sink. I also love the commercial sprayer faucets but can't find them in oil rubbed bronze. Will it look ridiculous with a stainless faucet?

Orion -

Tough call there-my suggestion would be to bring a faucet that is the same color to a sink in the finish you want inside a store and see what you think. Or even snap pictures of each one and then play with them on a computer. I think you have to visualize it. Our sink is stainless and our faucet is chrome and that has never been a concern-admittedly though-that is not a big stretch. Seems like an oil rubbed finish faucet would be available and similar to copper.