One design element Amy and I whole-heartedly agree on is mixed metals. This can be in a room with lots of hardware and fixtures like a kitchen or bathroom, or even just a styled shelf. Mixed metals bring subtle visual interest to a space without being the show-stopper.
We use a few “rules” to make sure our mixed metals add just enough without feeling chaotic.
1. Contrast! While its ok to have different finishes (matte vs shiny) its also important to make sure there is enough contrast in the metals (aka different types). This helps the choice look intentional and not like a mistake.
2. Stick with two (for the permanent fixtures). Occasionally more than two metals in one space can look great (see pic below) but usually two is perfect. Especially for permanent things like kitchen and bathroom fixtures, sticking with two metals is a good balance of shaking things up without being too busy.
3. Make sure each metal makes an appearance more than once. With hardware this is easy because its repeated on every cupboard. For things like faucets or lighting, make sure the metal appears again – even just a picture frame or candle or vase. It doesn’t have to be a lot but something else to bring in the element so it doesn’t stand alone.
Lastly, its important to us to design/provide tips for interior design for real life. Sometimes, its not feasible, timewise or financially, to completely renovate a room. If you can only make incremental changes, don’t be afraid to mix the metals! It can be a wonderful element that updates your space!