Richardson doesn’t stop at champagne as a way to infuse warmth into a space. She points to the popularity of warm-tone metals, especially as a contrast to cool-metal finishes.
“White metals were popular for so long. For so many years, everything was brushed nickel or stainless steel. Then we had a whole brass moment. These days, what I love is the fusion.”
Fusion can be tricky to master, but Richardson says the results from mixing things up can be both rewarding and fun.
“The thing about mixing materials is that I like to see repetition. You need repetition to make it seem intentional,” she explains.
She points to Monogram’s new gas cooktops as an example of how to do it right. “It has stainless as the base and just a little flourish with solid brass burner caps. I love that nod to detailed styling.”
More than just personal preference, Richardson says that design-savvy homeowners, much like professionals, increasingly crave more refined details like these.
The details are even more important in kitchens, “because the kitchen is very tactile. It incorporates so many elements that you come in contact with every day, multiple times per day,” she says.
Exceptional features in the kitchen can even elevate the otherwise-routine task of preparing a meal.