Mixing metal finishes used to be one of interior design’s biggest taboos but recently designers have been turning conventional wisdom on it’s head, combining gold, silver, copper, bronze and even black metal in both matte and shiny finishes within a single room, creating layered interiors that are fresh and dynamic with oodles of visual interest.
Lashes of polished steel balances the rich golds in this room ensuring an interior that is refined rather than overly glitzy. To be honest, I can’t think why it has taken us so long to realize the depth that mixing metal can add to a room. After all, if we can mix colours, patterns and textures, then why not metals?
Wall sconces in black metal, gilded sofa legs, chrome finish chair, matte gold standing lamps, mirror finish gold small side table. Whatever your home style, whether, you are designing a contemporary, tranquil, glamorous or yes, even traditional room – metals bring a lightness that cannot be replaced by anything else.
Metal is such a strong material, that it allows us to design fine, slim forms that would not be achievable in any other material. Slim furniture legs bring a lightness to our rooms and when polished to a mirrored finish, metal furniture take almost no visual space, sofas with metal legs seem to float bringing an airiness that and increased send of space.
One of my favourite design tricks is to form tables out of mirrored finish steel. Combining a metal frame with mirror or glass table tops means that it will almost disappear within the room making the room feel much bigger and allowing the other design elements to take centre stage.
When mixing metals, don’t be afraid to play with different textures. Just as we mix different fabric textures, feel free to play with different metal textures too. Combining matte, polished and hammered finishes will add a wonderfully tactile quality to your room.
Polished steel console base, sconces with brushed gold metal fascia and wall trim detail in matte black metal.
Cool metal tones like chrome, silver, nickel and steel bring a slick, modern aesthetic whilst warmer tones such as gold, rose gold, copper, bronze and brass are inviting, flattering and subtly glamorous.
On its own, a room dominated by cold metals can look harsh, but an over abundance of warm metal tones can look too glitzy but a clever cocktail of the two can create the perfect balance of refined glamour.
Remember that metallics aren’t only actual metals. Metallic tones can be found in just about anything you can think of artwork, trims, fabrics and even wall coverings and paint effects. Layer them, mixing, textures and finishes to create interiors that are refined and inviting and thoroughly current.
So take the plunge and show your mettle!