Mixing Metal Finishes In The Kitchen & Bathroom

Designers seem to be pretty divided on the subject of mixing and matching hardware and appliance finishes in the kitchen and bath. However in recent years I've definitely noticed a trend towards the former, as style preferences in general have tended to favor a more relaxed and eclectic aesthetic and "matchy matchy" has become synonymous with bad taste. What's your take?

• Brooke Giannetti's (of the inspiring Velvet & Linen blog) lovely bathroom makeover. Brooke did a great post on mixing metals with regards to her bathroom. She says that she used to be in the matching camp, but was inspired to change her tune as she studied a beautiful bathroom of John Saladino's. Check out more of her gorgeous bath redo here.
Anne Turner Carroll's fabulous kitchen redo. Anne Turner pulled off a major mix: stainless appliances, brass cabinet pulls, and cooper accents. Oh yeah, and oil-rubbed bronze faucets and light fixtures!
My modest kitchen makeover. I took the in between route, choosing to incorporate two finishes: nickel and oil rubbed bronze, both of which coordinated with our major and mini appliances, some of which are black and some of which are stainless steel.

So are you convinced? Or do you think we should stick to the safe route our matching finishes?

(Images: 1: Brooke Giannetti of Velvet & Linen, 2: Cottage Living, 3: Leah Moss)