The Dos and Don’ts of Mixing Metals

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Photos from our Kitchen Portfolio and Collaboration with Vanessa Ferro
and Bloomsbury Designer Hali Gallerno

Mixing metal finishes? There’s a long-running rumour that this notion is a major design faux-pas, but today we’re delving right into this myth and sorting fact from fiction. Why? Well the truth is that mixing metal finishes can create a big impact… in the best way possible! Combining silver, gold, brass, or iron (just to name a few), is a great strategy for adding visual interest and depth to a space so long as you do it correctly!

Read on for five dos and don’ts you need to follow in order to ensure that you’re nailing the mixed metallic finishes trend!

Five Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know About Mixing Metals

DO: Choose a Dominant Metal

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In order to create a space that feels complete and cohesive you should select one dominant metal to prominently feature throughout your kitchen and one or two additional accent metals to help draw the eye to different areas of your kitchen. By doing this you avoid creating a kitchen that feels disjointed or fragmented, and instead you’re creating a space that is interesting and multidimensional.

Tip: For example, if your kitchen hardware is in an oil-brushed bronze, copper pots and accent pieces will add a warm glow.

DON’T: Use More Than 3 Metals

Although we do encourage mixing metals, there is such a thing as “more is more”. Too many mixed metals in one area or room can create visual clutter; we see this mistake happing often with the ever-so-popular gallery wall. When people add frames or decorative pieces of four or more metallic colours in such a small area it can be visually straining on the eye and take away from the overall effect.

DO: Mix Warm & Cool Metals

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Many people tend to shy away from mixing warm and cool metals in favour of matching finishes (ie. Two-three warm metals OR two-three cool metals) but we tend to disagree with this! If done correctly mixing warm with cool metals can make a visually striking impact and will allow warmer metals (like gold and brass) to truly stand out and pop amongst the cooler tones.

DON’T: Introduce New Finishes in Every Room

You shouldn’t only be concerned with the cohesiveness of just one single space when it comes to mixed metals! Consider the flow of your entire home! It’s important that whatever finishes you choose for your kitchen are reflected within the rest of your home. Do not introduce new finishes into other areas of your home; keep within the metallic you’ve selected for your kitchen.

DO: Play with Texture

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Photos from our Kitchen Portfolio and Collaboration with Vanessa Ferro
and Bloomsbury Designer Hali Gallerno

Texture, texture, texture! Did we mention texture? It’s so incredibly important to play with different texture when using and mixing metals, and it’s far too often overlooked! Incorporating metallic finishes that have interesting textures – like matte, polished, and hammered to name a few – can create an extremely visually appealing space!

Do you have any tips when it comes to mixing metals? Let us know!