Stemming from the fashion industry, mixing metals is an emerging trend in interiors that brings vibrancy to your space. It's no longer against the rules to combine a variety of metallic shades and textures. When it comes to mixing metals in your own kitchen, here are some tips that can help you create the layered and visually interesting look that you may be seeking.
Icy Hot: Blend Warm and Cool Toned Metals
Compelling opposition, which is showcased in the two kitchens below, is at the core of mixing metals. While there isn’t a perfect ratio, it’s most impactful to combine warm metals, such as copper and gold, with cooler tones, such as polished chrome and stainless steel. Selecting faucet finishes, cabinet hardware, and lighting is a good place to start as you begin to incorporate metals. Metallic accessories, such as shelving, wine racks and other décor items, can then be added in to complete the space.
Above, you can see the captivating juxtaposition created when warm gold shelving is paired with cool polished chrome faucet.
We recommend selecting no more than two cool tones and two warm tones to create a space that brings that compelling opposition to life without becoming overwhelming. It goes beyond faucet finishes though; décor, textiles, and furniture can all have metallic elements that play a part and help elevate the look and feel of your kitchen. Designer Mark Williams said it best: “A successful space is typically a composition of compelling opposition, new and old, hard and soft, shiny and matte… These oppositional pairings, when used strategically and with precision, make more interesting spaces that can continue to evolve over time. It makes everything feel a little less formulaic.”
The contrast of the copper cabinet pulls and the stainless steel sink and faucet stands out against a palette of plum and white.
Mixed Metals: The Balancing Act
As a design principle in general, balance is typically used in spatial terms. You wouldn’t, for example, have all of your furniture on one side of the room. It’s not only impractical, but it also isn’t very pleasing to the eye. It’s no different when mixing metals. Both large and small spaces should have a mostly equalized approach so that one side of the room doesn’t “hold more” or appear visually “heavier” than the other. Blending warm and cool tones by dispersing a bit of each throughout the room creates an attractive visual flow and helps the whole space to feel cohesive.
With copper and stainless steel placed evenly throughout, this kitchen stands as a great example of a space that’s achieved a pleasing balance of mixed metals.
Trust Yourself: Tell Your Story
Mixing metals is all about creating a unique, personal aesthetic. It’s best to go with whatever you gravitate towards. Ultimately, selecting faucets, fixtures and metals that you’re drawn to will give the space a more curated vibe and will help showcase your personal taste.