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How to Mix Metals in Decorating

One of the coolest design trends to emerge in 2016 was Mixed Metals. It has long been regarded that if you had silver in your space then you shouldn’t use gold or it would look out of place. Many people think that by matching the finishes is the best way to coordinate your home or kitchen, but in reality this often creates a monochromatic and less interesting space. Mixing metals is the perfect way to add visual interest and depth to your space. The trick is to create a look that is cohesive and not mismatched. 

Here are some tips to Mixing Metals in your space:

  1. Choose a Dominate Metal- Its important to choose one metal that you like to act as the dominate metal and then 1  or 2 other metal to mix in. This metal color theme should be cohesive throughout your home. Having a prominent metal will help unify your space and the accent metals will help add visual interest and draw your eye around the room.

    When choosing your dominate metal consider your design style. If you have more traditional furnishings then gold or antique gold would make a good choice for the dominate metal, however if your style is more modern then stainless steel would make a good choice. 
  2. Don’t Overdo it- You definitely have to exercise balance when mixing metals. Make sure to incorporate 2-3 metals, any more then that will look confusing. If you are not comfortable making bold moves then add the accent metals in smaller doses- nail heads on chairs, candlesticks or a fun pillow.
  3. Mix Warm and Cool Tones- In most cases of colors you either choose a warm color palate or a cool color palate, but with metals this is not the case. Warm metals, like gold and brass, really pop when placed with cool metals like silver or chrome. The mixture will create visual interest and really help take your space to the next level.
  4. Consider Your Color Palette- Warm metals (like gold, brass and copper) pair well with warm hues like reds, browns and yellows. Cool metals (chrome and silver) pair well with cool hues like blue, green and purples. You can use metals to balance out your color temperature in your room. In a neutral space, the addition of metallic finishes can add much needed warmth and color.
  5. Don’t Forget about Texture- When using metals you don’t want to use all the same texture- this can make your space fall flat. Mix shinny with mercury glass, but the same basic rules applies don’t add too much- stick with 2 or 3 different textures.
  6. Don’t Forget about the Neutral Metal- When adding metals try to incorporate a darker, flat looking finish to your décor. Iron or oil-rubbed bronze work well with all metals and will help ground your space.


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