Mixed metals in home décor is a trend you should get on board with, if you aren’t already! It’s really a golden idea. Why? Mixing metals throughout your home gives depth and interest, plus clean style to every room. There are some do’s and don’ts to think about, so keep reading and we’ll fill you in!
Did you realize that metals have warm and cool tones? They do, and you should definitely be aware of the warm and cool metals you want to use in your decorating. The best way to used mixed metals when using both warm and cool toned metals is to choose one to be dominant, and one to be an accent. If you choose a dominant that is warm, make sure the accent metal is cool, and vice-versa. Cast iron and other black metals are neutral.
Metals also come in a wide variety of finishes, such as hammered, satin, or brushed. Take the finish into account when planning how to mix metals.
- Choose one dominant metal type. If your kitchen already has stainless steel appliances, you can safely use that as your dominant metal. Add in small amounts of cast iron or brass elements as your accent metal.
- Don’t mix more than 3 metals at most. You should choose one dominant metal, and then add one or two accent metals. If you choose to use two accent metals, mix them equally around the space. Feel free to mix the finishes, such as some polished and some hammered.
- Back to your stainless kitchen. For warmth, consider using copper as your accent metal, because stainless is cool and copper is a warm hue. Hints of copper really look fabulous in a stainless kitchen!
- If your overall room décor is cool, choose cool metals like stainless steel and cast iron. If it is a warm palette, metals like brass, copper or gold work well. A neutral room can go either way depending on your preference.
- Be careful to spread out your metals so they aren’t heavy to one side or corner of the room. Equally distribute them for a more appealing look.
If you are just starting to collect mixed metals for your home, consider starting out with vintage pieces. Visit thrift shops and antiques stores to begin your mixed metals collection. Good luck!