2017 Metal Trends: Mixing Metals


Gone are the days of worrying that your fixtures are perfectly matching. Mixed metals have been making prominence in interior design for a few years now, but the emergence of 2017 has taken ownership of this trend. Done well, the presence of mixed metals gives your space intriguing personality and adds visual depth to your home. However, when playing with mixed metals there are many factors you want to consider in order to successfully execute this trend. The size of your space, the metal hues chosen, the amount of metal to incorporate, and the placement are all important factors in achieving the contemporarily characteristic look of mixed metals.

Executing Mixed Metals

When selecting your metal accents, consider blending warm and cool tones. Warm toned metals, like brass and bronze, add an eye-catching accent of color and when used in conjunction with cool toned metals like stainless steel and aluminum. This opposition is what makes mixing metals so alluring and will create the most impact with your space.

It’s best to choose a dominant metal hue to give the room a sense of visual structure and then integrate a subdued secondary hue to draw the eyes throughout the room. If working with a non-neutral toned room, typically warm metals go with reds, oranges, browns, and yellows, whereas cool metals blend well with blues, greens, and purples. However, by using mixed metals you can strategically use the opposing hue to even out your room temperature. If your space reads too modern, try incorporating brass, iron, or gold-toned metals to give it a homey warmth. Similarly, if your house is vintage, perhaps play with incorporating stainless or chrome to achieve a more contemporary look.

You can choose more than two metal tones in one room, in fact it may visually enhance the area. Feel free to play around with the hues of metal in your home, but try not to go overboard. Be sure to consider the size of the room; larger, more open spaces welcomes more hues (you should not do more than 4 hues) to add attention-grabbing contrast without feeling excessive or cluttered. Smaller spaces on the other hand, risk feeling like a stuffy antiques shop the more metallic hues you use.

Remember that this mixed trend is not just limited to mixing metal hues, but mixing metal finishes as well. Try combining different textures, such as polished, matte, hammered, brushed, or mirror finished metal to create a unique depth in your space without risking going overboard on the amount of metal tones present. Likewise, don’t limit your use of metals to fixtures alone. The surrounding decor, textiles, and furniture can also play a part in achieving a mixed metal look enhance the feel of your home. Selecting lightening pendants, faucet finishes, and cabinet hardware is a good place to begin incorporating mixed metals, but don’t be afraid to expand it to shelving, metallic accessories, furniture, and other décor items.

Combinations we love

COPPER + MILD STEEL AND COLD FINISHED STEEL + STAINLESS STEELmild-steel-stainless-copper COPPER + BRONZE + ALUMINUM WEATHERING STEEL (CORTEN) + GALVANIZED STEELMILD STEELcorten-weathering-steel-galvanized-hot-rolled-cold-finished-steel