by Victoria Green
A recent trend you may have become aware of is one choosing not just one metal accent, but several metals sat alongside one another in the same scheme. You may have heard the unfortunate design rumour that mixing metals doesn’t work, but it’s time to dispose of that outdated advice.
Combining silver, gold, brass, or iron -just to name a few – is a great strategy for adding visual interest and depth to a space. Textured, layered, eclectic spaces, and mixed metals is an effortless way to make the pieces in your home look like they’ve been collected over the years.
So, how do you go about creating a metal mash-up in your home that looks curated and not like salvage-yard chic? Below are some pointers to get you started:
DO: Consider your colour palette
Although we encourage mixing and matching, it is very important to consider your colour palette when selecting the metals for your space. Typically, you should use warm metals (like brass, nickel and copper) with warm hues (like whites, beiges, browns and taupes) and cool metals (such as chrome and silver) with cool hues (such as blues, greens and greys). It is neutral rooms, however, that beg the most for metallic accents in order to add warmth, texture, and colour. For example, if you’re using a lot of grey colours, a gold mirror can make your room come to life. Use your metals to even out your room temperature.
DON’T: Disregard texture
When using metals, don’t forget to consider texture. Texture can make all the different in a space with mixed metals. Combine matte, polished, and hammered finishes to create a visually rich atmosphere.
DO: Choose a dominant metal
Choose a metal you love to be the most prominent finish in your space, then select one or two metal accents to complete the look. For example, if you have a modern, stainless steel kitchen, choosing a chandelier or vintage piece with silver or gold can add charm and texture. Or if you love the gold and white look, add in a chrome table or pendant light for metallic balance.
DON’T: Be afraid of mixing warm and cool tones
Warm metals (like gold, brass, and nickel) create a rich pop of colour and texture when placed with cool metals like silver and chrome. Many people think that matching your finishes is the best way to co-ordinate your home or kitchen, but in reality this often creates a monochromatic and dated look. Metals are meant to be mixed, so don’t worry too much about whether they’ll go together and instead make sure each finish is a thoughtful addition to your space. That being said, if you have several metallic tones that look very similar but not identical, it will look like a mistake. Contrast is key.
I am particularly excited by this trend as we are doing this ourselves in our new office at work. Gold, copper and chrome in varying textures will sit alongside each other in both feature pieces and smaller accents. I hope you’re inspired to try it too.