Our Own Miss Metalology



via Elle Decor


Is it okay to mix the metals in your home’s decor?  Of course!  Do the metals of your faucets, light fixtures and cabinet hardware really need to match?  Of course not!

There are rumblings that 2018 is going to be the year of Mixed Metals in the interior design world.  So as the mama bear of LBD, I am going to brag a little and say that Kristen suggested a post about this last spring.  Here is the repost.

Mixing Silver and Gold Metals In Interior Design

better homes and gardens home office with built in white cubbies
Better Homes and Gardens

Small Dress 2

You may believe that the best way to coordinate your home is by having all the metal in the same color and finish.  Often, however, this will create a less interesting and too monochromatic of a look.  Incorporating silver, gold, brass and iron is a great way to add visual interest and depth to your space.  Let’s look at a few good ways to start mixing!


Visual Comforting Lighting White Pendants with Gold Interiors
Visual Comforts

A good place to begin incorporating metals is with faucet finishes, cabinet hardware and lighting.  Mirrors, metallic accents, textiles, artwork, picture frames and wallpaper also offer so many options to personalize your decor.  Mixing metal finishes and metal textures creates a unique and personal aesthetic for your home.   As an alternative to a polished finish, add in some of the matte, hammered and brushed finishes.  Mixing metal is a way to have new pieces in your home look like they’ve been collected for years! -Kristen

frame bridge bedroom with chrome mirrored chest and gold framed gallery wall
Frame Bridge
Lonny chrome table lamp with gold highball glasses on buffett


Girlfriend, you have chosen such a universal topic and one that we get asked about daily no matter how much “training” we provide!  I think the idea of having all the “metals” being the same was thought up by doorknob companies and now there are graveyards of hinges somewhere.  Of course mixing metals is always more interesting…but it has to be done with either precise planning or accomplished by sheer luck from the things your super chic Nana has passed along.  Here are some of the examples I have in my hoard of photos.  -Laurel

Alyssa Rosenheck White Kitchen with Iron Light Fixture and Stainless Appliances
Alyssa Rosenheck

Iron, Stainless and Polished Chrome – Classic

Elle Denmark Wooden File Cabinet Island with Mixed Metal Hardware and Lighting Fixture, Stainless Range Hood
Elle Denmark

Love the vintage hardware on the island and the modern mix of brushed and polished stainless on the hood.

decorpad "x" island design, gold bar stools chrome faucets

Matte Gold and Polished Nickel

Fantastic Frank's black tile kitchen with copper light fixture and chrome range mixed metals
Fantastic Frank’s

Let’s not forget Copper…a personal favorite metal.  Polished, hammered, burnt, brushed.  I crave them all.

nbcnewyork  Black Kitchen with stainless steel range and brass sink faucets

Aged Brass with Brushed Stainless

Stylizimo Black Matte Counter top with Brass Sink Faucet and Shiny Chrome Pitcher

Polished Brass (Yes it’s starting to look gummy! How grand!) and the most fantastic white metal pitcher.  What a combo.

Adam Lippes Designer of Mixed Metal Boxes
Adam Lippes

One last comment…if you have real silver..get it out and use it.  You can mix your own metals.  Polish a few and when you give out…mix in the tarnished pieces.  Seems the idea of mixing metals in not so new!

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11 thoughts on “Our Own Miss Metalology”

    1. Agree…mixing finishes, styles of decor with color palettes that work for each home produce amazing results!

  1. It does add such a great mix to the room this way. Just like on our bodies—although it is one of those things I still have trouble with at times!!
    And yay!! I got your newsletter in my email this morning!!!
    PS…I have my dad’s map drawers in my office (what a cool idea to have them in a kitchen like that)…

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