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Mixing Metals

The common question is often "Can I mix metals?" Yes, you absolutely can! Metal details play a significant role in the overall design delivering a thoughtful and layered look. They work to add character, visual interest and depth. While it is increasingly more common to mix metals in your space, here are few tips and tricks to help along the way.


Try to limit it to two finishes, anything more can start to look too busy in your space. Select a dominate and complimentary finish. Utilize these finishes in several ways aswell. Consider textures such as polished, matte, antiqued or hammered finishes. They help to layer in the details such as nail heads on a chair, coffee table accents or hardware. Sprinkle the finishes as opposed to cluttering them together as well. If working in an ensuite, I have contrasted chrome vanity hardware with brass faucets, while coordinating the shower fixture in chrome working to compliment the vanity hardware. It also allows your eyes to travel through the room taking in the different layers of details.


Consider your color tones and keep it simple. If your space lends itself towards warm tones, cooler accents such as silver tones, chrome, stainless steel or brushed nickel compliment well. Cooler spaces work well with brass, coppers and gold. It's important to note that not all companies define their finishes similarly, therefore it is essential to look at the actual finishes over the names.

Contrast is key. Aim not to choose two metals from the same color family, such as chrome and brushed nickel or brass and gold. Mixing metals close in finish may look like a mistake or an attempt to try and match two finishes. Personally, I love the a matte brass finish coupled with polished nickel accents. I think the two work beautifully together. Often, some light fixtures will feature mixed metal finishes which bring out an added level of sophistication and definition in the design. Makes for a more lasting impact.


If concerned mixing metals may simply be the trend, well not to worry as hardware is a simple change out down the road, making it a low commitment item. Ultimately, your choice in metal finish also comes down to personal taste. If mixing metals is not for you, keeping the finishes consistent can also compliment spaces beautiful. A single metal finish allows for a monochromatic and coordinated look. They work together and demonstrate a clear design direction. Either choice is a win.


Look forward to hearing your thoughts. Are you considering a hardware update at home?


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