Metal Finishes Elevate the Look

Finding your favorite finishes to highlight the look you have chosen is an important part of the design process. Although it may seem like a small detail, making sure accents, such as faucets, pulls and lighting, are all coordinated, can elevate the overall look of a room.

In this modern bathroom, gold finishes on the faucet, shower head and tub spout coordinate with the chandelier, wall sconce and cabinet pulls, bringing the whole look together. A dish for jewelry and small porcelain containers on the sink add gold accents for a sophisticated look.

Offset on the white tile walls, the shiny finishes create a rich look without being too overpowering. In a smaller space, such as a bathroom, making a bold choice is important to give the room personality and make a design statement.img_6583-1

You want to think about how the finishes you choose will look against the color of your sink or tub, backsplash and countertops.

If you like this look, you can choose polished gold for the shiny finish, or brushed gold for a matte option. Gold is versatile, it can accent a modern look or a more period bathroom, such as French countryside.

Holzman Interiors can help you look at the bigger picture and how metals work in your overall design plan, whether you like contemporary or a more eclectic look.

Metals in the kitchen can add a luxurious feel. Consider the backsplash and countertops, as well as appliances, when picking your faucets, lighting and cabinets to create a finished, coordinated look. It’s no longer just about silver, there is a whole spectrum of metals to choose from, including black, bronze, nickel and gold.


Burnished metals can bring a warmth to the kitchen, such as a polished silver finish for faucets, cabinet and drawer pulls. Metal floating shelves create a modern, open look. They can be used to showcase dishes or display a collection, such as paperweights, or can be used to shelve cookbooks.


In this kitchen, the silver hood and oven is complimented by silver cabinet knobs and drawer pulls on the dark wood cabinets.

img_6497-1You can mix metals, depending on the look you want to create. For example, some kitchens have lighting with silver finishes, and then darker metal, such as bronze or black, on the cabinet or drawer pulls. Take into consideration whether you have white or dark wood finish on the cabinets as well, and whether the you want the metal accents to match or provide a contrast for a more modern look.

Mixing different metals can add interest and different layers to a design, but you want to have an overall strategy in mind.




Can Taupe Replace Grey?

A new neutral has popped up on the color radar — taupe.

Sherwin-Williams has chosen Poised Taupe as the 2017 Color of the Year. “This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool,” states the company. It offers a warmer neutral for a variety of colors.


A mix of brown and grey, taupe is the new neutral to build your palette on. Whether you like cool colors, such as light blues or blush rose, or you prefer warmer tones of deep purple and orange hues, taupe can be the accent that brings it all together or the base to start with. It can work in the kitchen, to warm up bright whites, in the family room to create an oasis to relax and recharge or in the bedroom for a cool refuge.

258Taupe offers a warm palette to build on in the bedroom.

Sherwin-Williams showcases a variety of options to build from, whether you like cornflower hues to create a French Countryside feel, organic hues for an earthier vibe or wine, with teal and grey for a rich palette. It also matches will with greens and golds for a sophisticated feel.


Designing with flat paint finishes

Flat paint finishes offer a rich, shine-free finish. With new technology, flat paint finishes are easy to keep clean, and help hide imperfections in walls. This can be especially helpful in older homes, that may have bumpy, uneven walls. Glossier paint finishes can sometimes highlight imperfections.

Flat finishes are ideal for large, open spaces, to prevent any obvious brush or roller lines. You can still use gloss finishes for trim and doors to add dimension. Premium flat finishes like Duration Home® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint or Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint are washable and ideal for families with kids or pets.