Mixing Metals

Mixing Metals
Bianca Ecklund
Bianca Ecklund

As you might have noticed, I love to mix metals! Especially in bathroom and kitchen spaces. Some clients are right on board while others are intially a little nervous as cohesive metals were all we knew for so long. Even though mixing metals isn't for everyone or every project, it has become a popular trend that adds a touch of visual interest to any space. Let's explore the rules or really more, the art of mixing metals and provide you with a few tips to achieve a harmonious and stylish look by doing so.


Why Do I Mix Metals?

Before diving into the dos and don'ts of mixing metals, let's understand why it's worth considering. Mixing metals allows you to create a layered and dynamic space that feels curated and intentional but at the same time, relaxed and maybe a little whimsical. It adds depth and dimension to your decor, often making it visually more appealing. Additionally, combining different metal finishes can help tie together various elements in a room, creating a cohesive and balanced design. 

Choosing the Right Metals

When it comes to mixing metals, it's essential to choose the right combination to the right look. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  • I reallly suggest sticking to a maximum of three different metals to avoid overwhelming the space
  •  Balance the proportions of each metal. If you have a dominant metal, use it sparingly and complement it with smaller accents of other metals.

Strategic Placement

Once the metals are chosen, it's time to strategically place them throughout your space. A few ideas for where these metals can go:

  • light fixtures 
  • furniture, such as coffee tables or side tables with metal legs.
  • accessories, like vases, picture frames, or candle holders, to introduce subtle hints of different metals.
  •  hardware, such as drawer pulls and cabinet handles or faucets

Common Mistakes to Avoid

While mixing metals can be a game-changer in your interior design, there are a few common mistakes to avoid:

  • Avoid mixing too many metals, as it can create a cluttered and chaotic look.
  • Avoid placing metals with different styles or eras together. This can create a disjointed aesthetic.

By following these few guidelines and avoiding common mistakes, you'll be able to create a stlish, yet effortless cohesive look by mixing metals in your home. Truly, it's all about balance and harmony and not too much over-thinkimg it. So go ahead, experiment with different combinations, and let your creativity shine! It's all part of the fun!

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