Metallic tones have always been part of kitchen and bath design, but typically took a back seat to cabinet, countertop, and backsplash color schemes in defining a kitchen’s style. From stainless kitchen sinks to brushed nickel hardware, metallic accessories and fixtures are an integral part of a kitchen or bathroom, but perhaps one that has been overlooked in terms of its style value until more recently.  New trends in bold metallic accents mean that your golds, bronzes, and matte black hardware, faucets, and more are now taking on a starring role in many kitchens and baths.

In a room that is typically based on a fairly neutral color palette, metallic accessories are an ideal way to create a stir in your design, but with items that can be more easily replaced should your tastes change before your kitchen fixtures wear out. Here are 5 ideas for adding texture and color to your kitchen and bath design with bold metallic accents.

Back to Black

Matte black gives your kitchen or bath design a classic and homey feel, while also offering a striking contrast to the surrounding backdrop.  Black goes with any base color scheme from white to warm wood tones. Its popularity has grown and can be found in everything from hardware to faucets and bathroom towel bars to light fixtures.

kitchen with black hardware and faucet
large undermount kitchen sink

This look also turns a guest bath design into a bold style statement like this stunning remodel with a black faucet and cabinet hardware that echoes throughout the design in the shower enclosure frame, vessel sink, and framed mirror.

bath design with black metallic accessories

Take Center Stage

Metallic accents can become a focal point of your design, especially when it is installed in the center of the room like this stunning ceiling mounted chimney hood.  While the other metallic features in this kitchen are designed to blend neatly into the space, the hood is clearly intended to catch the eye with its bold color and textured surface.

kitchen with large island

Go for Gold

Go for it! Add some sparkle and shine to your kitchen or bathroom design. The current trend for gold or brass hardware and fixtures gives you full license to add a touch of opulence to your space.

This Okemos kitchen remodel perfectly combines black and white cabinetry with gold and black hardware and accessories.  From the black and gold drawer handles to the barstools, kitchen faucet, and light fixtures, this stunning kitchen design becomes a style icon with the additional of bold metallic accents.

black and white kitchen design with gold accents

Likewise, this bathroom design accents light wood finish cabinetry and a white freestanding tub with gold hardware and faucets. Against a classic or contemporary neutral color scheme, gold or bronze accessories and plumbing fixtures elevate the room’s style while maintaining a timeless appeal.

bath design with gold hardware

Change up Your Appliances

Stainless appliance will always be a classic choice, but other options like black stainless, bronze, or rose gold allow you to change up the look of your appliances and turn them into a feature. For a truly striking style, try stainless with gold finish handles like these Café Series Appliances from GE.

Cafe Series GE kitchen appliances

Keep it Subtle

Proving that small changes can make a big impact, this bathroom design in Jackson, MI adds a subtle gold accent to the classic chrome shower fixtures. This minor update to the traditional look turns standard showerheads into a beautiful accessory.

bath design with multiple showerheads

Want to learn more about updating your kitchen or bath design with bold metallic accents? Visit out kitchen design or bathroom remodeling galleries to get inspired.  Then contact us or schedule an online appointment to start planning your new remodel.