Mixing and matching metals in your home

January 13, 2017 | Waters Edge

In the interior design world, it’s been known as an unwritten rule that we can’t mix and match metals, however, times have changed and it’s perfectly acceptable to use multiple different types of metals in order to achieve visual interest and depth within a space. Here are a few tips on how to decorate with mixing metals:

Choose a Favourite:
When decorating, choose a dominant metal tone as the primary staple in your home and a secondary metal as the accent. You can use a third metal as an additional accent piece if the space calls for it. Spread each tone throughout the space, as you don’t want one metal clumped in a specific area.


Use Texture:
When working with metal tones, don’t be afraid to use matte, polished, hammered and aged finishes. This will give depth and richness to your space.


Warm and Cool tones:
Working with metals, such as brass, gold and copper can warm up a space that is primarily dominant by cold metals such as silver, chrome or nickel. If your bathroom has a chrome coloured faucet and showerhead try adding a brass light fixture and mirror for some texture and visual interest.

bathroom - metals

In the Kitchen:
The best way to use a variety of metals in the kitchen is to separate them by category. Basically, pick one category as the functional metal group and one designated as the decorative group. The light fixtures in the photo are decorative whereas the silver-toned metals being used are functional.


Keep it Simple:
Don’t clutter your space, as you don’t want metals competing with each other. Remember, only use three finishes max. If you’re looking for something to neutralize the space try a wood accent, marble or non-metallic finish.