Have you ever heard the phrase “mixing metals”? Well, it’s a term designers like to use when incorporating more than one metal type/finish in a space.
When you hear this – “over the top”, “gaudy”, or “too bold” may come to mind – but today I want to show you just how to do this to create a cohesive look while using contrasting elements. Let’s get straight to it, here are 3 tips on mixing metals like a pro.
Combining doesn’t mean competing.
First decide which metal you would like to be the most dominant, after that you can consider the others to be accents. Keep in mind when deciding on the dominant metal, if you have stainless steel appliances, they may make that decision for you. The finishes on your appliance will also act as a guideline to incorporate the same or similar finish in other parts of the kitchen.
Blend warm and cool tones.
When you contrast your tones or finishes, don’t think opposites, think complimenting. Warm metals, like gold or brass are balanced perfectly when mixed with cooler metals, like silver or chrome. How do you do it? Consider a shimmering silver with an antique gold accent.
Having said all of that, mixing types of metals isn’t an absolute must to complete a cohesive look. If you decide to stick with the same metal or stick with either warm or cool tones, varying finishes are an absolute must.
I hope these are just the tips you needed to start selecting metals in your hardware, faucets, lighting or accessories!