Tips for Mixing Metals in Your Home

Posted by Lyndsay Romeo on

The trending "mixed metals" brings glamour and luxury design into your home!

What better way to add elegance to your space then with the gleaming beauty of metals.

It's easy to get a bit intimidated when mixing metals such as gold and silver.  However, once you learn a few tips on how to do so, you'll be ready to create all types of different metal combinations!

The rules of not mixing gold and silver have been broken, through the artistic imagination of designers, not mixing metals is a rule to break!  You want to select one dominant metal to begin.  Which will your dominant metal be? Gold? Silver? Copper?

You then want to select your secondary metals as the accents to your room.  If you have a blank space with no color at all, you can decorate a bit more freely with mixing metals.


(Shown Above: Canaan Accent Table, Delphine Bar, Puzzle Table Lamp, Mercury Mirror Black, I Dream of Agate Four Door Cabinet, Falling Leaves Oblong Bowl-All available at Maison Vogue)

There are multiple types of metals, here are some of the main metals to consider when fulfilling this style.



Gold, Copper, Brass


Silver, Stainless Steel, Aluminum


Cast Iron, Other Black Metals

Now that you have a bit more insight on what categories each metal falls under, here are a few tips to properly designing your space using the mixed metal trend.


1. Select your Dominant Metal: You want to choose one metal to be the dominant metal. The star of the room! This will be the metal that makes up the larger mass of your space, whether in lighting or furniture.  You'll then want to accent with the another metal with your decor.

(ie. Say you decide to use gold as your dominant metal, in the picture below you will notice that gold metal will make up the majority of the space. You will then add accents of furniture or decor in a different metal.  As shown below the cabinet, and side table have a silver finish to them, creating a luxurious space!) 


(Shown Above: Jacques Games Table, Globo Table Lamp, Ether Swivel Chair, Ether Sofa, Electrum Accent Table, Brass Teardrop Table, Talitha Credenza, Delphine BarAll available at Maison Vogue)

2. Select 2-3 different types of metals max!:

You don't want to go overboard when mixing metals.  It is safe to select your dominant metal first, and then accent evenly with your one or two other metals of choice.  

3. Mix warm and cool tone metals:

Do not be afraid to mix cool metals and warm metals together.  It is very common to think you must match everything in your home, which creates a very boring, mono toned, look.  

Not one metal mixes better with another, they all mix well together.  It is all about choosing which tone will be your dominant.  Will it be cool Silvers? or Warm and rich golds?  Simply make sure that you choose your dominant metal and thoughtfully accenting it with one or two other metals.  Contrasting metals will be key in creating a beautiful space.


(Shown above: Electrum Mirror, Talitha Waterfall Console-available at Maison Vogue)

 4. Choose metals to reflect your colour palette:

Although we are discussing mixing metals, especially when choosing your dominant metal, you will want to make sure that if your colour palette is warm, you use warm metals.  If your colour palette is cool, then you will want to use cool metals.  

However, if your home has neutral palettes, than you can mix and match freely using metals from each mood.

5. Spread out your metals

 You do not want to clutter your metals all together in one section of your room.  Instead, spread out your metals.  

(ie. If you have a polished brass chandelier, consider having end tables with hints of metal accents)

6. Use small accents of metals

If you find yourself still not completely confident in mixing metals, why not start with some subtle accents, whether it be gold picture frames, silver candle holders, you can really add pizzazz to your space with any size of metal!

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