5 FABULOUS TIPS FOR MIXING METALS IN YOUR HOME
There was a time when Interior Designers were bit skeptical to mix metals in their design, and interior spaces. Especially when they are designing a home. You can still manage to have metal object here and there in a commercial space. But in a residential project, it seems pretty weird mixing metal into a home space.
It is time now that we throw away that wrong and old belief about mixing metal into our homes and spaces.
The basic requirement of any metal inside a home-space or a workspace is, its safety doors and gates, maybe the handrails of a staircase, and the window treatment. So mostly it has either been out or went unnoticed.
But lately designers are daring to mix metals into their design, but very cautiously. Slowly and steadily things are changing.
If you are like me who loves changes and challenges, welcome aboard. We will go along pretty well.
The design world has finally come to its senses. Mixing metals is not only on trend, but it’s sensible! And you should mix metals in your home too. Here are some tips for mixing metals beautifully in your home!
Metallica brings life, and sparkle, and fun to any room! They can be shiny, dull, burnished, brushed, hammered, polished, antiqued, sandblasted, burnished and glazed. Finishes can be satin, dry brushed, 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.
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#1 → 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 nail head on the chairs or the mercury glass candlesticks on the dining room table and the lamp on the buffet!
#2 → 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 it subtle. Nail heads on chairs and tables, a great pair of candlesticks, a fun pillow. Just don’t go too crazy with metallic!
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!
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#3 → 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.
#4 → 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!
#5 → 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.
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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!