Mixed Metallics

Mixing metallics has been a prominent design trend for many years, and it looks like it's here to stay. Bringing the look into your home can however feel slightly daunting, as for years we've been told to pick one metal and stick to it. Luckily, those days are over, but there are a few rules you need to follow to make this trend work.

Choose one dominant metal type
Decide on a main metal for your room, and coordinate it with accent metallics. Start by looking at the room you're decorating – if it already features quit a bit of a certain metal, like stainless steel – use that as your dominant metal and add complementing accent metals. Treat these accent metals similarly to how you would treat an accent colour – find small ways to bring them into the space to add visual interest.

Then choose only 2 to 3 complementary metals
Don't add more than one or two other metals to your space, and use the undertone of the metal as a guide to determine which metals will work well together. Brass, copper, gold and nickel have warm undertones. Stainless steel, chrome and other silver metals are seen as cooler, and matte black is fairly neutral. While you can mix warm and cool tones, you have to make sure they're not clashing.

Incorporate different finishes along with different metallics
Using a variety of different metal finishes – antiqued, matte, satin, brushed or polished – can make mixing metals even more interesting. Using only shiny metals can result in a very glam look, while contrasting soft with shiny adds distinction and depth.

Take the colour palette of your space into consideration
Combine warm metal finishes like brass, bronze and copper with warm hues like beiges and browns, and use cool hues like blue, green and gray with cooler metal finishes like chrome, nickel and silver. If you're going for a neutral look, metallic accents will help to add warmth, texture and colour.

Bring metallics in with accessories
Metals don't only feature in fittings and furniture, you can also bring this trend into your space with accessories like wall coverings, scatter cushions, metallic fabrics and more.

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