How Can You Mix Metals Appropriately?

While mixing metals can help create a layered, cohesive kitchen style, it only works when you do it thoughtfully. To design a space that you’ll be happy raising your kids in, here are some tips for mixing metals intentionally:

  1. Don’t overdo it. A little contrast is eye-catching and interesting; too much, on the other hand, tends to overwhelm a design and muddy the look. Generally speaking, you want to stick to two or three metals in the kitchen. Note, however, that iron can be considered a neutral and, in some cases, so can stainless steel.
  2. Make one metal the star of the show. When it comes to metals, every kitchen needs a primary material that’s used most often. Don’t pick two contrasting metals and make them compete with each other for top billing; rather, make one the dominant choice, and let one or two others complement it.
  3. Alternate the lights. If your space has both a chandelier and pendant lights, don’t match them. Contrast their metals to help the space feel more collected and intentionally designed.

Renovating the kitchen is a great opportunity to make your home more functional and turn one of the most heavily used rooms in your home into a space that feels more organized and purposeful. If you’re looking to update your kitchen, try mixing metals in the design.

To learn more about how to achieve the perfect blend, take a look at the accompanying resource, which highlights eight tips for blending metals in a way that you and your whole household will enjoy.

Infographic created by Gerber.

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