How to Mix Metal Finishes

We love mixing metal finishes to give a space more dimension, but breaking out of the matchy-matchy is easier said than done. Over time, we've discovered a method to our thought process for mixing metals. We've covered mixing metals before, but we still get a lot of questions about this topic, so we thought it's about time for a refresh!

Tip 1: Select Your Metals

Curate 2-3 metals that work well together and identify your metal and its characteristics. Do you want brass, copper, stainless steel, or pewter? Consider what kind of finishes you like and if want your metal to have a patina. Nickel has a warm undertone and generally works better than chrome when paired with brass and gold. Black goes with everything! 

Tips for Mixing Metals

Tip 2: Choose a Dominant and an Accent

Rather than trying to equally distribute different metals, choose a dominant metal and use the other as an accent.

Tip 3: Placement

Separate metals by height: all items on a similar plane are all the same. We use one metal for lighting fixtures and another for cabinet hardware. Or we use the same metal for faucets and another for mirrors. 

Tip 4: Create balance

Spreading the dominant finish throughout the room gives mixing metals context.