We love design trends that allow us the freedom to have it all. Whatever color palette grounds your home, the selection of metal fixtures or accents is a place to express the personality of its inhabitants. Even better, mixing metals in design is a budget-friendly option because new fixtures don’t need to be purchased to update a space. No need to be intimidated, just keep a few things in mind.
Mixing metals can seem intimidating because of a fear of clash or clutter. A place to start for many is a kitchen or bathroom because of the abundance of fixtures, but a hallway, mudroom or bedroom can be transformed with a few accents. To ease into the design, start with smaller pieces such as mirrors or decorative art with the idea that they don’t need to match, but instead complement. While we think of traditional metals, like gold and silver, the easiest trick to remember is that matte black goes with everything—from brushed nickel to brass. Different metals work together to guide the eye toward focal points and items of interest. Get started with this design trend: Select a dominant metal as a starting point, and let complementary metals take the viewer for a tour of things that express your personality.
TIP: Pair cool metals like silver, chrome, aluminum and brushed nickel with warm metals, such as gold, copper or brass.