Texture and layering are important factors of interior design that allow you to achieve a look that implies history and appears interesting. A hot trend for 2015 is to mix metals in your interiors. Mixing types of metals in your rooms creates a rich, layered look that is timeless and chic.
Cool colors, such as gray and blue, mix well with silver, nickel and steel. Mix it up with the addition of gold leaf or brass. Let the cool silver be the dominant metal while creating a pleasing contrast with the warm gold metals.
Warm colors, such as beige and red, mix well with gold, brass and bronze. Add in pieces of silver and steel to balance and contrast the warm tones. The warm metals should play the dominant role, while the silver and steel should be used less for contrast.
Black wrought iron goes to the design theory that every room should include something black. Whether sleek and modern or weathered and rustic, wrought iron balances well with silver or gold. A wrought iron and glass coffee table grounds a space, while touches of silver or gold accents round out a balanced room.
When mixing metals, vary textures. Use polished nickel with hammered silver or gold leaf accents. Include items of antiqued bronze with bright steel. The contrast makes the room interesting and gives it depth.
Distribute different items of contrasting metals throughout your home to achieve a collected look, as if you’ve acquired the items over time. Mix in a few brass candlesticks with sterling silver ones. Place bronze accent pieces next to brushed steel or nickel.
You don’t have to be a chemist to mix your metals. When metals in a room match, the room looks too “done”. Combine metal finishes and achieve a well-balanced, layered look that is full of character and timeless style.