Mixing metals in interior design is not something to wrinkle your nose at, rather it’s to enjoy added character.
Keeping all your metals the same looks nice, and streamlines the look. This consistency can evoke a clean feel to the room. This however is not always possible. Due to time, money, material, and preference we may choose to live with a mix of metals in the interior design of our homes.
I’m a big fan of “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Don’t worry if you have shiny brass doorknobs, chrome handles on your toilet, and a oil-rubbed bronze sink faucet. You may not love it but you certainly can work with it. How to make it not only pull together, but look attractive? Simplify in some areas, and add color and pattern in others. Check the following photos for examples.
I have heard clients express concerns about mixing metals especially when cheap brass is involved. Brass is making a comeback, but if you don’t wish to have it in your home, switch it out for a bronze or chrome, at least in your home’s hardware and fixtures. Also with your furniture and accessories; mixing metals in interior design only adds interest. Copper, brass, bronze, nickel, silver, chrome, steel, iron.. use it all.