There once was a rule that said you shouldn't mix metals. Mixing brass and nickel, or copper and gold was a no, no, a decorating death sentence. Who came up with that notion anyway? I love breaking rules, especially outdated ones. Make room for metals in 2018 because it's all about the mix. This is a great way to bring together your thrift store finds with items you've acquired from an overseas duty station.
Here are a 5 steps to get you started on this beautiful design trend.
1. Choose a Primary Metal
Pick a metal that you love to be the primary metal in your space. So, if you love copper, start there. Look for a copper light fixture or mirror to set the tone. Then select one or two metal accents to round out the look.
2. Keep Your Color Scheme in Mind
Metals can even out your room temperature.
Tip: Warm color tones like reds, browns, and yellows love warm metals like gold, brass, and copper. Cool color tones like blue, green, and violet invite cool metals such as chrome and silver. But hold on. It's the neutral rooms like white and grey that beg for metallic accents. If you’re space has gray tones, a gold chandelier can bring the room to life. But, don't be afraid to mix in a gold metal in a cool room or a silver metal in a warm room. Be daring!
3. Incorporate Texture
Mix up the texture. Combine matte, polished, and hammered finishes to create a well put together look.
4. Use Iron As a Neutral
Iron is the neutral of the metallic world. It doesn't clash with other metal tones. It also helps to balance other metals in the space.
5. Keep It Subtle
Don't go metal crazy. Keep it subtle. Choose 1 dominate metal and 2 or 3 accent metals. Less is more. Look for something simple like a drawer pull that incorporate 2 finishes like gold and silver. This idea is easy and inexpensive.
Start small, mix it up in the bathroom or kitchen and then work in larger pieces. Have fun with it and let your home decor be a reflection of who you are.