Mixing Metals is A-Okay

We love the emerging trend of mixing multiple metals in interiors. In part because there are so many interesting materials to choose from, marrying them is one way to can add an element of subtle sophistication. Individually beautiful and even more impressive together, polished nickel, brass, and, increasingly copper can and should live together in the rooms we decorate. See some of our favorite examples below:

GBGP-69[1]Above, a McGrath II designed Manhattan pied-a-terre incorporates a variety of metals including a gun metal colored lamp, a gold and silver antique mirror, and mercury glass candlesticks. Notice how your eye dances around the interior- mixing metals is a great way to add dimension to what could otherwise be a fairly neutral interior.

GBGP_0833-751x600[1]Above, in another detail shot from the same room; here we mixed a bronze and glass coffee table with a pair of brass nesting tables to give the appearance of the interior being collected over time. A variety of finishes helps interiors look less contrived and more organic.


In some ways, more modern interiors can pull off this trend with even greater ease. Above, a copper Tom Dixon pendant adds warmth to what is primarily a white and silver accented interior. Below, smoked glass, copper, brass, and polished nickel have all found a home in this artful living area.

Gilt+Mirror+pair+vintage+black+chairs+balanced+8n714lavL4MlMixing metals works wonderfully in eclectic interiors because of how it lends itself to feeling collected and curated. Above, we see styles ranging from French Rococo to Mid-Century modern living together. The juxtaposition in form and finish allows these furniture pieces to play off of one another perfectly.

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And for those of us who identify with a “more is more” philosophy, mixing metals is the perfect way to make a big statement. Left,a kitchen designed by Jean Louis Denoit goes glam with hammered brass sheathed cabinetry and polished nickel fittings. Right, Kelly Wearstler transforms a walk-in closet with sheet metal and gilt bronze materials. We look forward to sharing more examples of this “mix it up” trend in our interior design projects. We’re having fun pushing the envelope! How about you?

  • Mary

    Great information. When a metal is added to a room, does it needed to be repeated in the same space? In order for it to look intentional?
    Or can you use a metal in just one application?

  • Lauren

    Hi Mary! Good question. We do not think that when a new metal is added to a room that it needs to be repeated in order to look intentional. For us, one application is perfectly fine!