After years and years of designers saying that you should not and cannot mix metals, I’m here today to say… OH, YES YOU CAN! I’m sure many of you who are old enough to remember the brass trend of the 80’s and 90’s and the horror of mixing any other metals with brass! Or in recent years the chrome craze that often left rooms feeling cold and sterile! The design world has finally come to its senses. Mixing metals is not only on trend, it’s sensible! And you should mix metals in your home too. Here are some tips for mixing metals beautifully in your home!
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Today’s PRACTICALLY SPEAKING topic comes from some emails I’ve received from StoneGable’s readers! Some of you might need “permission” to mix metals, especially if you are in my age group and can remember that mixing metals was a big decor NO NO once upon a time!
Metallics bring life and sparkle and spark and fun to a room! They can be shiny, dull, burnished, brushed, hammered, polished, antiqued, sandblasted, burnished and glazed. Finishes can be satin, drybrushed, rusted, oil-rubbed, chemically enhanced and more! Metals come in many colors as well. And all this gives a home decor enthusiast so many fabulous choices for our homes!
So let’s mix those metals and do it with style! Here are a few tips that will help you get started.
PICK A PRIMARY METAL
Go ahead and mix golds with silvers, warm metals with cool ones. Just make sure to have one primary metal in a room. Let one metal dominate the others. If you have a big gilded mirror, like I do in my dining room, let it shine! Let gold be the predominate metal and add in other metal accents like the antique silver nailhead on the chairs or the mercury glass candlesticks on the dining room table and the lamp on the buffet!
DON’T OVERDO IT
Mix metals but use an edited hand! You want to think “balance” when mixing metals. Two or three different metals mix well… four or five look confusing! Keep is subtle… nailheads on chairs and tables, a great pair of candlesticks, a fun pillow. Just don’t go too crazy with metallics!
And there are certain metals like copper that are so so pretty, but they like to call attention to themselves. A tad of copper goes a long long way!
THINK ABOUT TEXTURE
Yes, textured metal. Think about hammered, brushed, mercury glass and antiqued metals. Even metals that have a pattern worked or stamped on them add lots of texture! They have tons of visual texture and work happily with other metals.
MIX METALS THROUGHOUT A ROOM
If you are mixing different metals spread them around the room! Don’t clump one metal together in one area. Again, use an edited hand! A little bit here and there works like magic!
HAVE A NEUTRAL METAL
Iron, oil-rubbed bronze and any other very dark oxidized metal should be considered a neutral and looks so so pretty with metals like gold, nickel, brass, stainless steel, and brushed metals! If you like metals consider adding some dark, flat-looking metals to your decor!
Think of them as the Miss Congeniality of the metallic world! Use them more liberally and along side of more shiny metals.
Now you know! Mixing metals is a big ooh la la and yes, please!! So get out that silver and bronze and iron and mercury glass and experiment adding them to a room in your home!
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