If you’ve ever considered it a faux pas to mix metals within a space, you’re not alone. In years past, that was certainly common practice. But today mixing metals is something we encourage and love – and for good reason, too. It’s applicable to both residential and commercial areas of practice and it gives a space an undeniable touch of character.
The fact is that we gravitate toward the unexpected, and mixing metals definitely fits that bill. It adds interest, elevating the aesthetic of a space and transforming it from something replicable to something unique and dimensional – a space that encourages creative thought and innovation.
Beyond that, it also helps to keep the design timeless. You don’t have to worry about relying on the trendiness of one particular metal, wondering when you’ll need to replace everything once it goes out of style. By mixing metals, your design remains ever-present in whatever style is popular, but beyond that, it retains a sense of class and cohesiveness that transcends years.
Metal can often be perceived as a neutral, too, so mixing a variety together with whatever style is at play in a space is visually pleasing. It has the same effect as layering a few hues of a color in a space – the result is a blend of texture and dimension that helps the space come alive. It doesn’t look messy or misplaced, but curated and intentional.
And that’s the key – making a design feel balanced. Because as designers, we break rules all the time. But unless rules are broken using a systematic approach, the result will lack cohesion. Instead, we strive to create rhythm and harmony in a space, tying everything back to a central concept. By doing so, a design is unified, allowing for flexibility while still maintaining its core aesthetic.
So, as you consider the concept of mixed metals in your own space, remember that as with any interior design element, it’s all about finding a few statement pieces that speak to you. Once you have those in place, you can then find balance, making your residential or commercial space timeless and unexpected. And that’s a perfect blend in our book.
By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Vela Creative