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How To: Paint schemes and fixture finishes

When planning a remodel or updating the paint scheme in your home, it’s important to consider the relationship between select finishes and colors. Naturally, certain lighting and appliance finishes look better with some colors over others. Before splashing the walls with your most-loved hue or purchasing that gorgeous silver chandelier, take a look at this quick color guide for our suggestions on the best paint color and fixture finish pairings.

Oil Rubbed Bronze

A naturally dark, rich metal that captures the timeless beauty of old world artisanship, Oil Rubbed Bronze fixtures breathe warmth into bold interior designs.

If you want your Bronze fixtures to pop, place them against a neutral backdrop such as an off-white with a hint of rusty red or brown. To further the relaxing and earthy quality of the finish, pair with gentle hues and cool, hazy-day tones found in nature. For a more bold design, try a deep charcoal to complement the metal’s glint.

Gold/Polished Brass

Polished Brass fixtures have a beautiful reflective quality that brings strikingly warm beauty to a room. Gold finishes are becoming increasingly popular in today’s interior settings.

Polished Brass offers an assertive look that contrasts well with warm, dark rooms adorned with deep red-orange hues. The finish also coordinates in cool rooms, bringing a burst of warm, glowing color to blue-green walls. Brass also pairs well with lavender and pink, which are near complements of its tone.

Brushed Nickel

One of our most popular fixture options, Brushed Nickel is a resilient metal that coordinates with a variety of design schemes. Offered in both modern and traditional families, Brushed Nickel is a cool metal – but the brushed quality gives it hinting warmth.

Neutrals – such as an ivory, light brown, beige or slate – blend well with Brushed Nickel fixtures and create a soft, yet modern, effect. The muted silver tone of Brushed Nickel blends well with purple, from lavender to plum. Blues and greens also make attractive pairings that lend to a calming environment. If you are feeling bold, consider a navy accent wall to offset the light color of Brushed Nickel fixtures.

What fixture and color pairings do you adore in your home?