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5 Tips for Mixing Metals

Although I love a good matchy-matchy outfit, I’ve learned that when it comes to home decor, mixing metals is absolutely okay. I think it’s a great way to add character & depth to a house, but there is definitely a method to the madness. So as I mentioned last week, every Thursday will be dedicated to home decor! Today I have Kathy Kuo, who will be sharing with us how to mix metals within your home! Hope you enjoy this post!

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In the world of interior design, there used to be an unfortunate adage that came out of the 80’s that said, “Don’t mix your metals.” Well, I’m happy to say that it’s time to get rid of that antiquated advice! Mixing metals is the perfect strategy for adding visual interest and depth to a space, and it’s an effortless way to make the pieces in your home look like they’ve been collected over the years. The trick is to make sure you’re mixing your metals the right way so your space doesn’t become too mismatched or overbearing. Here are my top five tips on decorating with mixed metals:

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1. Choose a Dominant Metal:

Choose a metal finish you love to be the most prominent in your home, and then select one or two metal accents to complete the look. Having a primary metal ensures your space a sense of unity, while accent metals will guide the eyes throughout the room.

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2. Blend Warm and Cool Tones:

Warm metals, like gold and brass, come off as a rich pop of color and texture when placed with cool metals like silver and chrome. If you have a modern, stainless steel kitchen, add a chandelier or vintage piece with some gold for texture and total charm! Similarly, if you have a very warm gold and white space, a chrome table or pendant light will make for metallic equilibrium. If you feel your space reads too cold, I suggest some brass, antique brass, iron, or gold tones.

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3. Consider Your Palette:

Warm metals (like gold, brass, and copper) pair well with warm hues (like reds, browns, and yellows) while cool metals (such as chrome and silver) pair well with with cool hues (such as blue, green, and violet). But my favorite place for adding metal is a serene, airy space with a neutral palette—adding a gold or brass accent gives the perfect amount of warmth, color, and texture. Super gorgeous!

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4. Use Lots of Texture:

Varying the texture of your metal finishes can make all of the difference in defining a space. Don’t be afraid to have more than one (but more than three is going to be too much). Combine matte, polished, and hammered finishes for a truly rich and visually delicious atmosphere!

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5. Keep it Subtle:

Even though multiple metals may inhabit your space, you don’t want them to be competing for attention. Don’t clutter a space with too many metal pieces. We love mixing metals…but three finishes are more than enough. Need a natural neutralizer? Try iron, wood, or a non-metallic finish. These elements offer a modern industrial touch, won’t clash with other metals, and they add a grounded element to your palette to make sure your space looks pulled together and effortless.


Mixing metals is a growing trend that I already see continuing in interiors in 2016. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below, and keep an eye out for more interior design tips and stories for The Chriselle Factor every Thursday!


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