Mixing metals has the potential to add so much character to your home. When you mix chrome with antiqued brass, or matte black with polished gold, you are creating depth, visual interest, and a richness that gives your home a lived-in feel that is timeless.

Rules for Mixing Metals

Mixing metals is about creating balance. My rule is to mix no more than two metals per room. If something has a matte finish, throw in a piece with glint or shine to balance it out. 

Finding the  Right Color Temperature 

Metals can have either a cool or warm undertone, while a black is neutral. Consider possible contrast like a black pendant light with a brass pulls, or other elements in your room like a cool white kitchen that could be warmed up by gold or brass hardware.

Mixing Undertones 

Be careful about mixing metals with similar undertones. Of course there is nuance here, but a good rule of thumb is to make sure your space has balance by creating the contrast with different undertones. 

Is It Okay to Mix Metals?

Yes! It's practically encouraged. Now that we’ve established which metals are warm and cool, let’s talk about finishes! There’s brushed, bronzed, oil-rubbed, matte, polished, satin, and antiqued. Some are called aged, unlacquered, gloss, flat, rustic, or weathered. You can stick with the same finish, or balance a matte out with a shiny finish!

Whether it’s in your bathroom, kitchen, or living room, mixing metals is about creating balance. Get that figured out, friends, and from there… you’re golden. Tap the link below to read more on mixing metals and follow me on Instagram @ninahendrickhome

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