The rich tones, the instant touch of glam and luxury…metallic pieces can make all the difference in an otherwise ordinary decor. Whether you’re a gold fanatic (like us) or just starting to warm up to the trend…there’s nothing better than adding a touch of richness to your home.

And why stop with just one?  Mixing metals is an edgy trend that if done correctly, can look timeless.

Start small

When first diving into a new decorating trend, it’s much easier to begin with baby steps. You’re nervous investing in a sofa, coffee table and accent chair each with different metal hardware… we get it. Instead pick out a few accent objects that combine metals that will subtly combine metals.

Start combining items with a variety of textures.

Use our foolproof tricks if mixing metals on a smaller scale. First, try combining items with a variety of textures, like matte, brushed or hammered. The mix will add depth and dimension while still looking cohesive. Second, mix it up with size. Decorative objects with different heights, weights, tones and boldness bring an unexpected twist.

Metallics give a room that special something and reflect light just like mirrors would.

Get inspired

When it comes to lighting, there are many options to make your ideas shine! Pendant, floor or table lamps with golden accents blend together smoothly, offering just the right amount of contrast just enough, yet don’t fight for you attention.

Mixing metals 101

Anyone can make this style work as long as you don’t go overboard and stick to a few guidelines. The varied tones of metals can actually complement each other perfectly if they don’t compete.

Mix it up with size, different heights, weights, tones and boldness bring an unexpected twist.

Have a gold pendant lamp that really draws attention? Don’t pair an equally eye-grabbing dining table to it-instant clash. Opt instead for wall art or textiles, and copper to create depth and interest.

Go all out

Feeling ready to commit? First choose a metal to dominate, and make the others accents, not competitors.

Keep the dominant metal in line with your paint colors: silver with cool tones like white, grey or blue and gold with warm tones like beige, red or yellow. This easy trick will make the colors look rich and vibrant.

Blend together smoothly, mixed metal items offer just the right amount of contrast.

So when in doubt, make sure to spread out your mixed metal items or they could look cluttered. Metallics give a room that special something and reflect light just like mirrors would, so don’t be scared!

For more mixed metal design inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.