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Design Trend:  Polished Nickel

Design Trend: Polished Nickel

Although darker, warmer metal finishes including oil-rubbed bronze and antique brass are still on-trend, watch for a change coming soon.  Polished nickel will be the hot ticket in the coming year, making an appearance on everything from bathroom fixtures to decorative hardware to lighting.

While polished nickel is a silver tone, it is decidedly warmer in hue than chrome which has a very cool undertone.  This metal finish has a rich, deep polish, giving it a sophisticated and high-end look.  Polished nickel works well in traditional or retro/vintage interiors, as well as modern spaces.  Following are just a few examples of polished nickel in action.

This Butler Tray from West Elm features clean lines and polished nickel legs:

West Elm Butler Tray

The Purist Faucet from Kohler (found at Bellacor) is a modern take on polished nickel:

Purist faucet

I love this wall sconce from Corbett, also found at Bellacor.  It would look great in a modern space, but also works in a more traditional decor:

Bellacor Corbett Sconce

This Black Tie Table introduces polished nickel into a room in an unexpected way:

Black Tie Table

Polished nickel decorative cabinet hardware, including this piece from Gatco, looks great against white or stained cabinetry of all hues:

Gatco Laurel Pull

This Argento Mini-Pendant, also from Corbett, blends polished nickel and mercury glass – also on-trend:

Argento Pendant

This is a unique way to display your television without a clunky piece of furniture.  In polished nickel, this piece from Restoration Hardware brings a classy touch to any living space:

Restoration Hardware TV Easel


Remember a few guidelines when bringing polished nickel into your home.  First, if you plan to use polished nickel hardware on your kitchen or bathroom cabinetry, purchase the knobs and pulls in a particular room from the same manufacturer.  Each company has a slightly different finish, and you want each piece to coordinate.  Also, don’t feel that you need to replace all your hardware and lighting in polished nickel to incorporate this trend into your home.  If you have black, pewter, chrome, or brushed/satin nickel plumbing fixtures, hardware or lighting, polished nickel can blend in seamlessly with these other cool-toned finishes.

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