This week’s design tip is based on the question of whether mixing multiple metals in one’s home is a go or a no! And I say it’s a real big GO!!

Q: Is it bad to mix metals in a home?

A: Mixing metals is back, and in a big way! Different metals working together can add depth and character to any space, but mixing metals can often be intimidating. If you are going this route, here are some tips:

  • The key is to pick one dominant metal hue (aka color) to carry the room and use the other(s) as accents to compliment it.
  • Mix 2-3 different metals at most.
  • Mix cool and warm hued metals (but remember to choose one dominant color and one accent color for balance).
    1. Warm metals include: Brass, Copper, and Gold.
    2. Cool metals include: Chrome, Nickel, Stainless Steel, and other silver metals.
    3. Neutral metals include: Cast Iron and other black metals.


Match metals to your room’s color palette. For example, if your space is a cool palette, opt for silver metals. If your space is a warm palette, use copper and gold. If your room is a neutral palette, you can be more liberal with how you mix and match different hues.

  • Mix your metal finishes. To add an eclectic feel, combine two finishes (i.e. polished nickel and matte black).