11/03/2010

Mixing Metals


I have wanted to do this post for quite some time now.  I used to be of the camp that mixing metals (silver/gold) or for that matter anything that isn't supposed to be "mixed" (black/brown, black/navy) was an absolute rule, that should not be deviated from.  I have long since chucked the "rule" but, I know that the rule still exists.  Especially when talking about metals.  If you are wearing gold...you wear gold only ...same with silver.  And people enforced this rule in the home as well.  You can't have a chrome framed chair and mix it with a gilt mirror.  It's unheard of... blasphemy!

I am here to say, pitch the rule.  Who cares about rules?  In design today, it seems the "rules" are less and less adhered to, and I think it's downright marvelous!  Who cares if it doesn't all match?  It makes it interesting, unique, and most important...personal.  Here are a few designs that mix metals (and may I just say, are fabulous.)  Let's peruse, shall we?...

 Above is mixing done right!  All pieces have a mid-century feel to give it continuity, but, the finishes are different...and yet, it doesn't look silly...hmmmm, interesting.


I think sometimes, mirrored furniture can "read" as silver...so pairing those pieces with a gold mirror = Luxury!


Above is probably one of my favororite in the group.  This design mixes not only metals, it mixes styles, eras, patterns, colors...and yet, it doesn't look like a big fat, hot mess. 


Now this mixing is a little more subtle and harder to point out.The sleek, silver little side table and gilt sconces on the wall are where it comes in.  I think one of the things that I love so much about this idea, is that typically, it involves using different eras.  The example here is the modern side table in juxtaposition with the ornate, antique gold sconces. 




I think the picture above is so cool.  The wallpaper adds the silver and the furnishings bring in the gold.  Takes guts, but look how beautifully it turned out.

Above is another one of my favorites.What's different here is the silver is brought in through the draperies. Talk about opulence.


The design above shows that mixing doesn't have to be blatent or "in your face." It all just kind of melds together seamlessly. 





So, there you have it. What are your "rules" in regards to mixing? Are you rigid, or like me...is it an anything goes philosophy? Do you mix just metals? Or, does your mixing extend to eras, patterns, etc.? Please, share, I'm curious how everyone else sees things.


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11 comments:

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I used to think you either did silver or gold, not both...but when I was putting together my living room, I found a fantastic antique chandelier in antique gold and crystal. I did silver sconces with it and it looked just great. I now mix the two and wonder why I ever thought you couldn't do both.

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

What an awesome post! I'm mixing it up (silver and gold) in my Mom & Dad's reno. Love it!

Sheryl said...

Love every single picture! They all look faboulous and they don't have that matchy-matchy feel because of the unexpected mixes.

P.S. I love this... said...

Looks great together.. and provides that many more options.

Thanks for sharing.

courtneyoutloud said...

Funny you posted this as I am looking for copper leafing paint so I can paint my bedroom side tables. Everything else in the room is silver. Besides, if you think of metal as a color rather than an element, you would always switch stuff up and add in focal points.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I'm all about the mixing- metals, styles, finishes, woods, colours, patterns- all of it! I adore a hint of gold with the silver of a venetian mirror or an antique bergere resting ontop of a graphic chevron rug- I think it's the mixing of things that makes a room interesting to look at and be in- Great post!!! And I ADORE that bedroom with the pink bed and chevron rug- in my files of favourite rooms ever:) xo

MerciBlahBlah said...

I was going to go back and try and pick my favorite room, but I love them ALL. Okay, my favorite is the second to the last, but I STILL love them all. Guh.

Merci!
Shannan

court. said...

I'm doing this a lot in my studio now. I'm a sucker for brass but have a strong passion for metallics in general.

I just hung a starburst mirror with all three tones in it; gold, silver, and mirror, and it looks fabulous.

casey at loft and cottage said...

Totally agree. I was a rule-follower in my past life too. Now, I love the mix and embrace it. It's A. more interesting and B. easier to not worry about matching!

Glamourshoes said...

The bangles I wear everyday are a mixture of silver and gold and I love them. I've started mixing metals in the house too and it seems to be working out fine. These are beautiful examples of it really working!

Sketch42 said...

I did a post like this a while ago, I have MAJOR metal mixing going on at my apt... Living room is silver with brass accents and bedroom has both brass and nickel everywhere. i LOVE the look. It looks eclectic, and doesnt clash at all.

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