Mixing Metals In Interiors

Sophie and Kids Meet Sophie,  mom of three adorable children and food blogger.  Sophie and her family are undergoing a large scale renovation of their Ville Émard home as we speak.  After getting plans drawn up by architects and hiring contractors to do the work, Sophie enlisted my help with the interior design.  Sophie has excellent taste and has a pretty clear vision of what she wants, so I've jumped on board as a design consultant, if you will.

One of the questions that came up during our first meeting is whether it's ok to mix brass and silver finishes in the same room. My gut told me yes but I decided to do some digging on the world wide web for validation. Turns out I should trust my gut more often because survey says: absolutely YES!

Coordinating furniture, hardware and accessories in a variety of textures, tones and finishes add depth and visual interest to a space. It can give the impression that you've collected pieces over time as opposed to buying everything from the same store on the same day.

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 A few rules of thumb to consider if you want to give it a go:

Use your color scheme as a base The color scheme you choose for a room will guide you in determining which metal tone(s) would mesh well together. A cool color palette with blues or greys looks money with silver accents, but injecting touches of gold or copper will add some needed warmth. Pure white spaces also look sleek with silver or chrome, while cream pairs perfectly with brass accents.

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 Choose a dominant metal tone

Decide on which metal tone you want to use primarily, and then select a few other pieces in a contrasting tone. Make sure that you use the contrasting tone more than once in the space to avoid it feeling out of place or accidental.

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 Play with textures and finishes

Even if you decide to stick to only one metal tone, try to use a variety of textures and finishes to avoid a monotonous look. Go for shiny, brushed, matte, bright, antique, hammered, ribbed, etc..

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