Mixing Metals

Some people think that if you have one kind of metal in a room you have to stick with it. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. We love mixing metals! There really aren’t any rules to picking one over the other. It is a matter of preference and is a big trend right now.

In the Centerville Residence we brought in a little interest by adding matte black faucets into the otherwise brass/gold hardware and lighting. We love the subtle contrast it brings into the space! If you weren’t paying attention you may not have even noticed and that’s what we love about it.

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Hardware / Rug / Sconce

Photography by Becky Kimball

We also mixed metal hardware in the Modern Farmhouse kitchen. We chose the antique bronze pulls and knobs and again mixed it with the matte black faucet (can you tell this is one of our favorite combos?). We also continued with the iron look with the open shelving above the wet bar. It subtly brings your eye up.

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See how the mixture of gold and black go so well together in this space?

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Knobs / Pulls / Faucet (Similar)

Photography by Lindsey Orton

Another combination people may be afraid of is the nickel and chrome finishes with the brass and gold. In the Riverside Master Bathroom we left the doors knobs and faucets all a satin nickel and contrasted using brass sconces, mirrors and hardware. Many homes are build with the nickel, so just adding brass hardware on the cabinets alone will make your bathroom feel more high end.

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Photography by Lindsey Orton

Recently, in the Mapleton New Build, we used the dark steel library sconces and contrasted it with the nickel on the cabinet pulls. It adds depth and interest to the space. The black tone from the lighting draws your eyes up and also over as they flank the fireplace.

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One of the easiest places (and cheapest) you can mix metals in your accessories. Many people are afraid to use brass in their accessories because everything else is silver. Don’t let that hold you back! In this living room we used gold accents in the accessories we used in the built ins and also brought in some gold with the floor lamp.

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Sconce / Cabinet Pulls (Similar) / Floor Lamp 

Photography by Becky Kimball

We’ve gathered some of our favorite hardware combinations when it comes to mixing metals.

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Antique Brass Cabinet Pull  +  Matte Black Faucet

Aged Steel Library Sconce  +  Modern Natural Brass Pull

Brushed Gold Center Bar Pull  +  Satin Nickel Bathroom Faucet

Nickel Flared Glass Sconce  +  Matte Bronze Card File Pull

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9 Responses to Mixing Metals

  1. Justin Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Any chance you can share what the pain t was used for the island and what kind of counter tops were used in the first kitchen? Thanks

    • Kirsten Krason Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8:51 am #

      The island was painted Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy and the countertops were a marble.

  2. Paola Arletty Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    You guys really know your stuff!! I completely agree with all of your observations and tricks!! Thanks for the post 🙂
    I really also love the combination between the matte black faucets and the brass or antique bronze pulls and knobs. I didn’t even notice the black faucets in these projects until you mentioned them on this post. I love those subtle, unseen details too.

  3. Emilee Call Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Oh goodness. First off, I love these tips! I feel that mixing metals is like mixing brown and black. It used to be a huge faux pas, but now, with a little finesse, it’s beautiful.
    Also…..wear in the world Are those barstools from?

    • Kirsten Krason Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

      There are similar ones at Anthropologie.

  4. Angela Darancou Friday, May 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    I’m glad you blogged about this. I have wondered myself if this was ok to do. You are right, it makes the space much more interesting to look at!

  5. Jaime Huffman Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    I seriously love all of your work. This is a great blog post. I was just trying to figure out what I should try to match in my new kitchen. It’s a bit of a headache but this helped a bunch. Thank you!

    • Kirsten Krason Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 8:56 am #

      Oh thanks so much! Glad it helped!

  6. Natasha Malhotra Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 4:12 am #

    Amazing design ideas! I remember using some of these when I decorated my old apartment. Thanks!