Fundamentals of How to Mix Metals in Your Home

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How to Mix Metals in Your Home

With these 4 guidelines, you will be able to mix metals  like a designer for your home’s main rooms. I mean, you can absolutely use these tips for every room.

Mixing metals is one of the latest trends in interior design to create exciting and extraordinary room designs.

It is also a dangerous trend. Because if you don’t do it right, it nearly always looks cheezy and feel like you accidentally choose different metals. I believe you don’t want that.

These are the fail-safe approaches if you want to do this trend right. Whatever your concern, you don’t need to worry about it now. Just focus on that; you will nail it.

1. Decide a Primary Metal for Your Room

Like every other design decision (color palette or interior design style) we made to achieve cohesive room decor, you should choose one dominant element.

In this case, you need to decide on one metal for dominantly use in that room. The other metal finishes will be supportive of this dominant metal.

How many different metal finish should I choose?

If you are decorating a small room such as a small bedroom or want to mix metals in your bathroom, I recommend using 2 metal finishes.

More than mixing 2 metals will create chaos in small spaces if you are not an expert.

The two-third, one-third ratio is perfect for 2 different metals. Meaning one dominant metal represents two-thirds of the metal used in the room, and the supporting metal represents one-third.

Mix of 2 Metals
Mix of 2 Metals in Bathroom

In larger rooms like the living room or if you want to mix metals in your kitchen, you can use 3 or 4 different metals. No more than 4.

Using 4 different metals should only acceptable in open spaces, like if you have an open plan kitchen and living area.

If I use 3 different metals in one room, the dominant metal is roughly 50-60% of the metal in the room.

The other 2 metals can be used: they are balanced with each other(25%-25%), or one can be the second metal (35%), and the other will be the third metal (15%) in that room.

Mixing Metals in Kitchen
Mix of 3 Metals in Kitchen
How to use different metals in Living Room
Mix of 3 Metals in Living Room

2. Combine Different Undertones

It does not only look good, but I would also harshly recommend that you mix warm and cool metals in the same room.

Let’s clear up the confusion of what is cool and what is warm metal:

Warm Metals: Gold, Copper, Rose Gold, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Brass.

Cool Metals: Silver, Chrome, Nickel, Steel, and Pewter.

There are also neutral colored metals, which is like neutral colors. They work well with all the cool and warm colors:

Neutral Metals: Iron, Gun Metal, and other black metals.

How can you quickly decide which undertone will look best in the room?

Well, it depends on the feeling you wanted to add in that room.

For example, you have a cool color scheme in your room. Do you want to balance or accentuate the color temperature of that room?

You can confidently use cool metals to accentuate an already cool color scheme.

On the contrary, you can use brass or gold to balanced the cold feeling in that room.

Cool Color Scheme with Warm Metals
Cool Color Scheme with Warm Metals
Warm Color Scheme with Warm Metals

It is all about the overall look and feels you wanted to create. Isn’t it too easy?

3. How to Mix Metal Finishes

You can choose to mix finishes. I mean, you should combine them. 

If you are not sure to mix different kinds of metals, this is the best way to add texture and visual interest, just like mixing metals.

When you use the same type of metal in the room, try to mix different finishes such as polish, matte, and hammered.

Polished Metal Finish
Polished Metal Finish
Matte Metal Finish
Matte Metal Finish
Hammared Metal Finish
Hammared Metal Finish

It will also be great to use different finishes when using a monochromatic color scheme and all the same undertones in your metals.

4. Use the Same Metals Throughout your House

Try to use the same 3-4 metals throughout your entire home for a more cohesive look.

If you live in a larger home, you can add another 1-2 metals or add different finishes.

Just like creating a whole house color scheme, create your metal palette, and use them properly.

If you do that, you are more likely to nail this trend of mixing metals in your home to look like a touch of a designer.

Now I believe you have clear all the questions about mixing metals by knowing the pain points you should be aware of. If not, comment below. I am more than happy to help.

Are you willing to try this trend of mixing metals? If so, what will be your metal combination?

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April 9, 2023 13:18

Thank you for the article. I have a small kitchen. Cream cabinets, copper sink, and stove hood. Could I do a silver tin ceiling?
Thank you in advance.

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April 10, 2023 10:17

Thank you. For your quick response. I’m not really sure which one would go best.

July 25, 2023 14:32

I am wondering if I can use brushed gold in my kitchen and chrome in my bathrooms?