10 Chic Ways to Mix Metals
in Your Home Decor


If you think metals shouldn’t mix, these ideas are likely to make you think again. This season, mixing metals in home decor are a big trend we’re seeing pop up all over the place and in all sorts of different styles.

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Kelly Weimert
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October 15, 2016

 

Whether you adhere to a glamorous design aesthetic or you have a more subtle decor sensibility, integrating mixed metals is a surefire way to make your decor shine that much brighter.

Not sure how to incorporate it? Follow the our tips below to make this trend work for you, no matter your design preferences.

 

Mix Metals, Match Tones

Living room with metal accessories
Houzz

Different metals can make for a beautiful match with the use of similar tones.

Though they’re different colours, these muted silver seats pair perfectly with the tone of this gold coffee table, contributing cohesion and aesthetic interest to the overall design.

 

Pay Mind to Planes

Metal accents in the kitchen
Woolmark

A great trick to ensure your pieces look like they belong together is to use like metals on like planes to tell your decor story.

For instance, the brushed bronze stools in this kitchen serve to ground the lower plane, as the gilded light from above contributes warmth to the entire room.

 

One Metal, Many Shades

Gold accents in the living room
The Pillow Collection

If you’re not quite ready to marry gold with its silver and copper counterparts but you still want to try out this trend, consider playing with different shades of the same metal.

The metallic fabric of this pouf mixed with the shining sconce and brushed metal of these coffee tables enhances the personality of the design without going over the top.

 

Match Metals to Your Walls

Mixed metals in the hallway
Style Estate

Rather than matching metals to one another, consider matching them to their surroundings instead.

These warm metallic lamps, contemporary wall art, and glimmering table, despite being different colours, look entirely cohesive next to the complementary wallpaper.

White Backdrop

Gold feature divider with silvery mirrors
Remodelaholic

All-white decor practically begs for a mix of metallics to spice it up with sparkle.

Equally chic and sophisticated, the silvers and golds in this room add depth and intrigue to what would otherwise be a plain white design. In fact, if any single colour dominates your aesthetic, mixed metallics are more than likely to make it even better.

 

Make a Statement

Gold accents in the living room
Style Me Pretty

Choose one metal for a strong statement piece and sprinkle varying metallic accents around it.

The eye is automatically drawn to this bold light fixture, allowing the rest of the metals to function as soft, sparkling complements.

 

Choose a dominant metal

Metal accents in the living room
Harpers Bazaar

Pick one dominant metal and sneak other metals in to function as quiet accents.

Gold is the main player in this room as subtle touches of silver give it a more layered, well-rounded look without sacrificing sophistication.

Play With Small Spaces

Mixed metals in the bedroom
Houzz

If you have a small space in your home that you’re not quite sure what to do with, adopting this trend is a great way to give it more life.

A mixed and matched sparkling nook lets you play with all kinds of metals without overwhelming the surrounding visual space.

 

Use Texture

Mixing metals in home decorating
Z Gallerie

Just as matching tones can bring together a look, so can matching textures.

These silver and gold wall pieces mix beautifully thanks to their identical textures. Plus, they open up the rest of the room for more mixed metal play.

 

Try Some Symmetry

Mixing metals in home decor
Belfort Furniture

Another trick to cultivate cohesion with this trend is through the use of symmetry.

Even though a number of different metals are used here, the symmetry of the set-up brings them together for a very clean, ultra-luxe look.

 

Hero image: Bloomingville, available at Nyde

 

Kelly Weimert

Kelly Weimert

Kelly is a happy hybrid of geek and hippie with a penchant for all things DIY. A full-time freelance writer, when she's not nestled into her couch crankin' out crafty prose with her miscreant Chihuahua, you can find her frolicking outside to keep her sanity in check.