To mix or not to mix? It may not be the million dollar question, but it's an important question we ask ourselves in our studio all the time. Here at Tyler Interiors, we are big fans of mixing metals within hard finishes and furnishings, but we understand it isn't for everyone. Some people prefer consistency with a uniform finish throughout a space, while others prefer to mix and match. If mixing finishes brings a mix of emotions, we're here to provide a few tried and true tips to help get you over the hump.
Tip #1: Select two or three complimentary finishes, but no more than three. For beginners, selecting two finishes helps ease one into the transition. The key is to keep the tone of the finishes consistent. Not all golds appear the same; therefore, ordering or purchasing samples to see them in person is a must.
In the Baxter Village Project, we used three different metals in a neutral kitchen to help this space appear anything, but boring. Implementing a mix of metals provides depth and interest forcing the eye to keep moving throughout the space. The cabinet hardware is complimentary to the pendant chain links, and the black shades compliment the black detail on the counter stools. We sourced a polished chrome faucet to compliment the stainless appliances throughout the space.
Tip #2: If mixing metals in a bathroom, it's easiest when the finish of all plumbing fixtures match. You can then switch finishes within the accents such as the wall mirror, cabinet hardware, and bathroom accessories.
In the In His Name Project, we chose polished chrome to soften the appearance within the hard selections. This bathroom is very neutral, and the polished chrome adds a touch of femininity while pairing well with the rich black contrast.
In the Brookhaven Project satin brass was the predominant finish, but to mix it up, we selected thin framed vanity mirrors in polished nickel. The subtle change adds soft interest without distracting from the other details. The warm undertones of brass & nickel allow them to beautifully coexist, where polished chrome is a better fit for black contrast.
Tip #3: When mixing metals make sure to balance out each selection throughout your space. You don't have to include them in every corner, but you need to spread them out across a room.
For example, in our Plaza Midwood Project the drapery hardware and contemporary storage chests bring together the gold in the nesting tables and the black matte finish in the chandelier. The dark contrast provides depth without taking away from the light and bright feel of this space.
At Tyler Interiors we believe mixing metals provides interest and depth to keep a space from falling flat. It compliments a unique curation, which keeps the eye intrigued throughout a room. We hope these simple tips will help move you closer to mixing it up in your own home. Have fun with it friends! Don't be afraid... mix it up, mix it all the way up.