A Guide to Mixing Metals

A Guide to Mixing Metals

Mixed-metal palettes are definitely trending and whether you're drawn to the classic duo of gold and silver or the warm hues of bronze and copper, mixed metals complement one another to create visual interest and eclectic design.

Let me show you how!

Choose Your Metals

Start with choosing a prominent metalyour favorite one.  Then, select a second metal as an accent.  Three metals work best in large rooms or open-concept spaces.


Be sure to spread the metals across multiple points, high and low, in the room.  Examples of pieces to incorporate are window hardware, mirrors, wall scones, shelving brackets, and picture frames.  Also think about adding fabrics with metallics such as curtains, rugs, and pillows.


Incorporating a variety of finishes like polished, antiqued, matte or hammered creates texture and that's a good thing, so don't be afraid to mix and match finishes.

The Neutral Metal

Iron is neutral in the world of metals and won't clash with other metallics.  Consider iron stair railing, furniture legs, and chandeliers.

Combining Warm and Cool Tones

Of course you can!  Although be intentional with distribution so the room feels balanced.  You don't want all cool tones or warm tones concentrated to one side of the room, so stand back and look at the room as a whole to see just warm and cool.

Warm, Rich Metals:


Rose Gold



Oil-rubbed bronze

Cool, Contemporary Metals:





Stainless steel

For me, mixing metals is how I incorporate color in our neutral home.  With gray walls and white trim, antique brass is my favorite metal because of it's warmth.

Comment below with questions.  I'd love to hear from you!

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