No, kitchen knobs do not have to match faucet; unless you are a firm believer in matching items, then you should do what makes you happy and appeals to your sense of style.
Most homeowners are not only concerned about the type of television fixed in their sitting rooms, the design of cushions, or the car model they are driving.
As a matter of fact, one of those things I know homeowners have a high interest in is the visual appearance of their kitchen…it is the reason you are reading this article in the first place, isn’t it?
This part of the home is where you spend a lot of your time and where all your culinary arts take place.
Hence, it is expected of you to give it all it takes for your kitchen to stand out. Just as you know, “a beautiful kitchen will positively influence your cooking experience.”
Moreover, the pride you would experience when visitors compliment your kitchen is worth whatever effort is required to create the perfect interior.
People believe that being classy goes beyond your style of dressing to include the aesthetics of your home’s exterior and interior spaces, the setup of your kitchen as well.
For this reason, it has become a norm for homeowners to be highly concerned about the visual appearance of their kitchens and try their possible best to make it as stylish as possible.
However, most homeowners get stuck when choosing the best for their kitchens.
From selecting the best tile design, curtain materials, cabinets, kitchen utensils, kitchen appliances, and many more, it can become a nerve-wracking task, especially when you do not know which is best to have in your kitchen.
One of the challenges faced by homeowners when it comes to setting up their kitchens is matching kitchen knobs with the faucets.
But really, do kitchen knobs really have to match the faucets?
This is a big question that bothers quite a number of homeowners.
Knobs – the Kitchen Saver
A standard kitchen has several fixtures, and when I say fixtures, I am referring to the sink, faucets, cabinetry, and every other accessory.
Some of these fixtures have knobs. In the interior setup of a kitchen, knobs are considered important.
Asides from their functions, the beauty they add to the kitchen is another reason to love them.
As we all know, a lot of messy stuff happens in the kitchen daily, and it is the duty of you as the homeowner or occupant of a home to prevent dirt, grime, and grease from ending up on the surface of the fixtures in the kitchen; knobs are the perfect prevention for this.
Knobs come in different styles and finishes.
Some of these finishes are brushed nickel, chrome, antique pewter, satin brass, black matte, bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, white, clear glass, etc.
From any of these finishes, you can choose any or even combine two complementing finishes to add more aesthetics to your kitchen interior.
The faucet is a functional element on kitchen sinks and can also serve as a significant design element.
Like with kitchen knobs, there are also numerous finishes from which you can make a proper selection.
Some of the options available are nickel, brass, chrome, stainless, and bronze finishes. Some of these finishes come in light or dark varieties.
Matching or Mixed Finishes?
In setting up your kitchen, do not be confined to “rules of design.” Gone are those days when fixtures have to match in colors and finishes.
It is now a trend in today’s world to mix fixtures of different styles and finishes.
This gives a more appealing and stylish look.
However, bear in mind that mixing fixtures of different finishes should be done with a certain level of expertise to avoid setting up a kitchen interior that is uncoordinated.
As long as the finishing of your faucet complements the finishes on the knobs, you do not necessarily have to match them.
As said earlier, not all types of finishes can be mixed.
A faucet with brushed nickel finish would only go with knobs with bronze, satin brass, aluminum, antique pewter, black matte, or rust finishes. Matching such faucet with any other type of knobs asides from the ones mentioned here would be an “eyesore.”
If your faucet has a chrome finish, you can mix it with knobs that have dark bronze, white, black, clear glass, or pewter finishes.
A Stainless Steel faucet has a neutral finish and can be matched with any knobs.
All you need to do is to ensure the faucet finish complements the knob’s finishes.
Another way of achieving harmony and style with different finishes is by choosing finishes that are all brushed or all polished.
Uniformity is not achieved in the kitchen only when you match the fixtures.
You can accomplish this uniformity and even more by mixing finishes that complement each other.
Why Should I Mix?
Mixing different finishes gives your kitchen an extra spice and stylishness.
Asides from this, if you are on a budget and still want to give your kitchen that classy and sophisticated touch, you might want to mix your finishes.
Chrome, brushed nickel, and stainless steel finishes are considered the least expensive on the market.
You can combine a faucet with any of these finishes with knobs that have more expensive finishes.
By doing this, you would be having a shade of luxury in your kitchen without paying more.
As said earlier, your kitchen knobs do not have to match the faucet.
All you need is to achieve harmony and coordination, which can also be achieved by combining these two fixtures in different finishes.
If, however, the idea of having different finishes in your kitchen does not appeal to you, you can decide to match your kitchen knobs with the faucet.
If you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to come up with a perfect mixture of finishes for your kitchen, you might need the help of a professional designer.