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Interior Design Tips: Doing More With Metals

- February 27, 2018

Metals in a living room

Could Mixing Metallic Tones Brighten Your Decor?

It has long been said, and even a rule, that you can’t mix your metals when it comes to home décor. Mixing metals is not only currently on trend, but it is also a great trick for adding depth and character to a space. The key? Make sure you’re mixing metals the right way so your space doesn’t become overwhelming or too mismatched, but instead a beautifully and seamlessly cohesive aesthetic that is sure to leave any visitor in envious awe. Follow these tips to help make it simple!

Create Focal Points

Adding mixed metal accents is a great way to liven up your décor. Metal can be found anywhere from the kitchen backsplash and countertops to the fireplace, pressed metal ceilings to staircase and railings, and everywhere in between.  To create a focal point in a room, first pick your primary metal for a room and let it dominate the others. Then select one or two metal to accent and complete the look. The primary metal acts as the foundation for your space giving it a sense of unity, while the accent metals draw and guide the eyes throughout the room

Your primary metal can even come from a piece that you may already have, such as a large antique silver mirror in an entryway, or the gilded sideboard in your dining room. Accessories provide the easiest solution to mixing metals, whether incorporating items such as light fixtures and lamps, wall art, or combining silver and gold picture frames on you living room wall. (Above)

Play With Textures

No two metals are exactly alike. Metals come in an array of textures ranging from brushed, hammered, antiqued, sandblasted, burnished to pattern stamped or glazed adding visual texture to a space while working well with other metals. As well as textures, there is no shortage in finish options. Satin, drybrushed, rusted, oil-rubbed, matte and polished, along with many painted or powder-coated colors are available for endless mix-n-match possibilities.

Varying the textures and finishes, even with the same types of metals, produce dramatic differences in appearance. For instance, matte, brushed and polished steel all look quite distinct from one another, and these subtleties impact how they catch and reflect light around your interior. A highly reflective polished metal might be great in small doses, but it could become overbearing if over used. Do take into account that different surface finishes require individualized cleaning and maintenance procedures.

So, how can you pick the right metal finishes and colors for your interior? Always consider how much attention you want to bring to particular areas. For example, a barstool with a polished brass base might look great in a bar where someone goes around cleaning things every day. In your kid-filled, busy home, however, it’s likely to pick up dirt that detracts from the refreshing effect you wanted to create.

Considering Color Pallet and Mixing Throughout The Room

Although color matching is always a good start, you don’t have to toe the line perfectly. When selecting your metal tones to accent your space, it is very important to consider your color palette. Cool hues such as blues, greens, and violets pair well with cool metals like chrome and silver. While warmer metals like copper, gold, and brass compliment warmer hues such as red, yellow/orange, and brown tones. However, don’t be afraid to mix your cool metals with warm hues, or vice versa. Mixing your metals is a great way to even out the temperature of your room. Neutral rooms that use grays are a perfect blank canvas for using metallic accents to add depth, warmth, texture, and color. If you’re one who has to have that pop of color in your space, try using blues as an accent for your metals. It is the closest to neutral colors like gray, white, beige, black (for the daring) and taupe, which all pair seamlessly with copper, gold, or silver.

When mixing different metals you should avoid clumping one type of metal in one area, but should spread them around the room so the metals don’t seem to compete with one another. You can achieve this in several ways that take just a little bit of planning. Separate metal elements throughout a room by varying the height of them.

Mixing metals

This room seamlessly combines the highly polished silver of the furnishing with the rich warmth of the gold and brass picture frames hung on a neutral wall.

Also try using the technique of spreading your metals throughout a room by categorizing them, such as in the kitchen and bathroom below.

using metals in a contemporary bathroom

Choose the same metal for all your major appliances, and accent with your cabinet hardware, faucets, and light fixture (which also makes it easy to update with new trends later on). This kitchen tied a stainless steel refrigerator and ovens together with neutral color cabinets and a natural iron for cabinet hardware and faucets, while adding a warm pop of color with the pendant to compliment the wooden island countertop and barstools.

This neutrally cool bathroom separated add color and warmth with gold hardware and faucets paired with polished silver sconces married together with a iron framed mirrors to match the vanity.

Don’t Over Do It!

Choosing different types of metal fixtures, hardware, and accent pieces for a room CAN work without creating something that clashes. Although mixing metals adds character and interest to a space be careful to not over do it. Adding too many metal accents, and too many types metal can quickly turn into a mismatched mess. Stick to your primary metal, and incorporate an accent metal in small doses. It is best to avoid using more than three finishes total in one room. Use a flat neutral metal like iron, oil-rubbed bronze, or dark colored powder-coated metals to ground gold, silver, chrome, nickel, copper and brass. Also, look elsewhere besides furniture and hardware to incorporate different metals, and experiment with metallic textiles, artwork, picture frames, and wallcoverings.

Working with metals, especially in a room with a neutral pallet, can add visual weight in unexpected places. So, it is in good practice to counterbalance metal elements with wood, cloth and other organic materials. For instance, barn-style support beams look great with metal brackets, and wood is a natural match for sleek modern metal fittings in chairs and tables. As long as you give your individual design schemes space to breathe, you’ll find it easy to build something welcoming and functional. Check out these spaces for more inspiration.

More inspiration for metals in the homeMetal back splash in the kitchen



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