I mentioned in the last post that I wanted sophisticated interior details for my home that would evoke a traditional Parisian pied-à-terre. Two of those elements that I had my heart set on were herringbone wood floors and a marble fireplace mantel.
Now that we’ve covered the biggest components of the kitchen design, it’s time to talk about all the other fabulous brass and gold details that make this space shine, such as the hood, fixturing, lighting and more.
Seeing Rubinet’s R10 faucet at IDS in 2012 in gorgeous satin brass was one of the turning points for me in deciding to go all the way with brass and gold. I loved the unexpected look of the single faucet with the industrial sprayer in a warm metal instead of the ho-hum chrome, and the brushed finish made it less blingy.
Besides toning down the flash factor, I also chose to go with satin or antiqued brass finishes wherever possible instead of polished because the brushed and antiqued effect means fingerprints don’t show up as quickly as they would on a glossy surface- a great tip for a busy family kitchen!
For the past decade or so stainless steel has been the ne plus ultra of appliance finishes. The gleaming look of stainless steel is an ode to industrial chef kitchens. Stainless steel appliances also coordinate with every kind of kitchen decor, from country style to contemporary chic.
Now there’s a new entry into the appliance market that’s sure to shake things up. The finish is called “slate” and is not only a darker grey than stainless steel but is actually “matte.”
My preference to stick with as much white and brass material as possible in my kitchen has been well documented in previous posts, and this mindset came into play again when it came to choosing my kitchen sink.
These days you can be pretty creative with your sink choices and go beyond your typical stainless steel, carving them out of the same solid surface as your countertop or choosing an interesting metal like hammered copper. (check out the buying guide on styleathome.com for a breakdown of more options and their pros and cons)