Monday, November 12, 2018

Can you mix metal finishes in one room?

The short answer is YES.
And the longer answer is "yes, but..."
I'm not a big fan of "matchy matchy" anyway, so mixing metals in one room can make things look more interesting. This adds visual interest, especially in mostly white or neutral rooms.

Here are some guideline to walk the thin line between harmony and hodge podge.
  • First, its ok to just stick to one metal finish , especially if there's enough interesting elements in the room, such as in this lovely kitchen (two counter top materials, bold herringbone pattern, wood accents etc.). The dark bronze/black finish actually unifies the space.
Herringbone tile, good:
  • Stick to no more then two metal finishes. 
  • Dominant metal and accent metal - Pick out a dominant metal and accent with another metal.
  • Repeat - Make sure you repeat metals at leasy twice in a room.
  • Consider your color scheme - Cool metals (stainless steel, chrome, brushed nickel), work best with a cool color pallet (blues, greens, cool grays and whites). Warm metals (brass, bronze, gold, copper) work best with a warm color pallet. BUT, you can still mix them up
  • Mix Cool and Warm - Don't be afraid to mix cool and warm metals, especially in an all white room (like a white kitchen or bathroom)
  • If you're still not sure how to mix  metals , mix black or dark bronze with any metal. Black can work as a "neutral metal" and will work with all metals.
  • A little goes a long way - don't overdue metal in any room.

Modern kitchen with deep walnut open shelves, natural wood bar stools and white waterfall edged countertops

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