I say no. I have dark knobs - very vintage - as well as some glass knobs from anthropologie that are going on yet i have nickel and chrome finishes. I think if the overall feel is consistent - it works. If the feel is vintage - stay vintage. If it's modern, stay modern. know what i mean?
oh - and that's me from thesimasek-kibler project above - for some reason my link is busted.
my gut feeling is NO...the OCD part of me says yes. With that being said, mine don't match - from the builder. Other things I've done have matched, but with the new kitchen reno...my knobs and faucet are a brushed pewter like stainless and my pendant lights are a shinier silver. it works tho. i say go with whatcha love!
I'm sure this debate is probably settled in your mind by now, but just wanted to throw in my thought. I say as long as they "go together", you're good. For the most part, we have a brushed nickel (a matte silver) for knobs, drawer pulls, curtain rods, and lighting. However, the knobs in my laundry room are a darker color (because I liked them and it's the laundry room, so I gave myself permission- they look swell with my fluorescent lighting! LOL!), the rods in our daugher-to-be's are white, in our living room are dark venetian colored rods, and the rods in our dining room are black wood (table is black). It "goes" with each of the rooms, so we're good, I think. However, if you start mixing gold and silver, we'll have to chat! LOL! (unless you have something that ties them in together, of course)
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