Yes, you can mix metals. That old wives’ tale about never mixing metals has long since been proven to be wrong, so what’s holding you back from glamming up your home with shiny finishes of every color. The art of mixing metals is popping up in every home decor magazine and luxury homes everywhere are considering this trend a staple. Before you start shopping, read my tips for successfully mixing metals in your home.
Choose Primary and Secondary Metals
For mixed metals to work, you should choose one finish to be the dominant metallic in the room. Then pair that finish with an accent metal. This creates a balance between the metals that is pleasing not garish. For example, choose a silver finish to be the primary metal finish, then accent it with a warm metallic brass. Then you can repeat that same mix several times throughout the room if desired.
Subtlety is Key
Mixed metal fixtures and finishes are best when used with a light hand. The metallics should complement the other colors in the room, not compete with them. Remember to be subtle when working with metal in home decor. It should add to the room not dominate the space.
Pair with Neutral Colors
While it is possible for mixed metal fixtures to work in a boldly colored room, they tend to work best with neutral paint colors. Greys, beiges, and whites lend themselves naturally to the shine of metallic finishes. Bring a few sample pieces home to try them in your space before committing. You may just decide to change up the paint color before adding those shiny metallics.
These simple tricks will increase your chances of successfully mixing metals in your home. As designer Kathy Kuo has to say:
Oil and water. Cellphones and swimming pools. Toothpaste and orange juice. Me and my alarm clock… Some things just don’t mix well together. You may have heard this unfortunate design rumor about mixing metals, but it’s time to dispose of that outdated advice.
Trash that old dated advice as you are now you are equipped to hop on board the newest trend in luxury home design! Mix metals with confidence and update the look of your home.
Need more inspiration? Be sure to check out my post on decorating with copper.