Mixing Metals in Your Home

Who says your fixtures and hardware must match perfectly? Contrary to popular belief, there’s no hard and fast rule that the metals in your home need to be the same. In fact, mixing metals can make more of a statement than matched metals… 

Why mismatch metals? 

Combining metals can add depth and visual interest to your spaces, breaking up the monotony of a single metal finish and creating a more lively and visually appealing atmosphere. It also gives you the freedom to choose decor pieces that don’t have to align seamlessly, allowing you to be more creative and show off your personality in your home decor. And despite being different, mixing metals can help you achieve a cohesive and balanced look in your home – so long as it’s done correctly. 

How to mix metals:  

Mixing metals in your home is an art, not a science. Here’s a few tips to get you started:  

  1. Choose a primary metal. Start by selecting a dominant metal that will serve as the primary focus in your space. This could be the metal used for your fixtures, hardware, or larger furniture pieces. 
  1. Use Contrasting Finishes: Pair metals with different finishes to add visual interest. For example, combine shiny brass with matte black or brushed nickel with polished chrome. 
  1. Consider Warmth and Coolness: Pay attention to the warmth or coolness of the metals you’re mixing. Brass, gold, and copper have warm tones, while silver, chrome, and nickel have cooler tones. Mixing warm and cool metals can create a balanced contrast. 
  1. Introduce Accents: Incorporate smaller metal accents throughout your space to complement your primary metal and tie everything together. This could include decorative objects, picture frames, or lamp bases. 
  1. Coordinate with Existing Elements: Consider the existing elements in your space, such as wood finishes or upholstery colors, and choose metals that complement them.  
  1. Steer Clear of Clustering: To maintain balance in your space, it’s essential to spread your metals out evenly. Avoid the temptation to overcrowd one area with too much of the same metal. Instead, let them mix and mingle throughout your space, creating a visually pleasing blend. 
  1. Experiment, experiment, experiment! Don’t be afraid to play with different combinations until you find the right balance that suits your style and preferences. Mixing metals allows for creativity and personalization in your home decor – so have fun with it! 

By ditching the “matchy-matchy” mindset, you’re inviting a world of creativity and personality into your space. Embracing metals with different colors, textures, and sheens can infuse your home with depth, warmth, and character – just remember balance is key.  

If you need a guiding hand, the team at Epic is here to help! Our expert designers can work with you to craft a space that seamlessly blends different metals, creating a look that’s both sophisticated and personalized. Contact us today to learn more about how we can bring your dream space to life! 

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