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?...
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.
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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