Why the Mixed Metals Home Decor Trend is Here to Stay

Gone are the days of all monochromatic metals and matching fixtures. Interior designers and DIY enthusiasts alike are embracing mixed metals in every room from the entryway to the kitchen. In fact, mixed metals landed on the 2018 Pinterest 100 list released earlier this year.

How to decorate with mixed metals finishes and hardware #remodelaholic #colorfiles

Mixed metals is a home decor trend that’s here to stay. Not only are there tons of easy DIY tutorials to help you update the current metals in your home (hint: spray paint is your best friend), but mixing metal finishes is also a budget-friendly option because it doesn’t require you to purchase new fixtures or furniture every time you want to update a space.

When it comes to mixing metals, bathrooms and kitchens are the most popular rooms–most likely because they have the most fixtures. But you can also use mixed metals in bedrooms, entryways, and more. Today as part of our Color Files series, we’re sharing some of our favorite mixed metal spaces and how to achieve a similar look in your own home.

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Mixed Metals in the Bathroom

The first design trick to remember is that matte black goes with everything. From brass and copper to brushed nickel and silver, matte black looks good with all metal finishes.

Need proof? Just take a look at the bathrooms showcased below. Gold vanity lights combined with a black faucet or cabinet hardware add sophistication and glamour to the space.

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals Place Of My Taste

Master Bathroom Update via A Place of My Taste

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals The Painted Hive

DIY Bathroom Reveal via The Painted Hive

This is genius! You can create a gorgeous, rich gold finish for any metal framed mirror. It looks so easy and the end result is stunning. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body for Remodelaholic.com.

DIY Faux Gold Mirror via Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body for Remodelaholic

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals IHeartOrganizing

Bathroom Makeover Reveal via IHeartOrganizing

Mixed Metals in the Kitchen

When mixing metals in the kitchen, appliances do not need to match fixtures or other room accents. We repeat: kitchen appliances do not have to match your fixtures. While it’s still standard to purchase matching kitchen appliances, there’s no reason you need to coordinate your fixtures.

An easy and fun way to break up the metal accents in your kitchen is to choose a range hood or overhead lighting in a different finish than your appliances. Copper or gold fixtures pair nicely with stainless steel appliances. Bring in other metal finishes with bowls, pots and pans, or drawer pulls as seen in the kitchens below.

Large Marbled Kitchen Island In Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Millhaven Homes And Four Chairs Design 2018 Utah Valley Parade Of Homes Featured On Remodelaholic

Two-Tone Modern Farmhouse Kitchen | UVPH featured on Remodelaholic

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Mixing Metal Kitchen Finishes via BHG

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Fixer Upper The Ramsey House via Magnolia

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Copper +Silver Mixed Metals Kitchen via BHG

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals Fixer Upper 2

Fixer Upper The Carriage House via Magnolia

Mixed Metals in the Bedroom

You can’t go wrong pairing metal finishes that contrast with each other. The easiest way to do this is to combine a cool metal with warm metal. Try silver, chrome, or brushed nickel for your cool metal and gold, copper, or brass for your warm metal.

Some classic metallic combos include silver and gold, nickel and silver, and copper and iron. Subtle metallic touches found on the lampsfurniture, and wall decor in the bedrooms below illustrate the cohesive flow contrasting metals provide.

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals Fixer Upper 1

Fixer Upper The Americana House via Magnolia

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals Place Of My Taste Bedroom

Bedroom Refresh via A Place of My Taste

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals Elite Building Group

Bedroom in Tribeca Town Home via Elite Building Group 

Mixed Metals in the Entryway

Hate the metal finish of your chandelier, door knobs, or door hardware? Use metallic spray paint to change the metal finish on a home decor item. Your entryway chandelier and front door hardware are both great places to try out this transformation.

Check out Corey from Sawdust 2 Stiches‘ tried and tested method to upgrade door knobs with spray paint. Or take a que from Corey W at TinySidekick and DIY your own Hemmeli Hurricane Pendant Light. 

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals Bless'er House

Light Fixture Makeover via Bless’er House

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals BHG 5

Entryway Closets that Gather Everything You Need via BHG

Remodelaholic Color Files Mixed Metals LollyJane

How to Style a Small Entryway via Lolly Jane

Below, we’ve rounded up decor items, lighting, and fixtures to help you achieve the mixed metals style in your own home. Simply click any of the images below to learn more about each item. You may have to double-tap on mobile.

More decorating and design tips:

Tips for decorating with warm metals in modern decor

Tips for decorating with neutrals and mixed metals

Tips for mixing wood tonesHow to mix wood tones like a pro on Remodelaholic.com

Choosing a paint color that works with wood tones

Paint colors that work well with wood trim and floors. Remodelaholic


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  1. Great article. I’ve always liked mixing metals and have done this for the majority of my life. With comments such as “Oh you are supposed to use the same color/texture (e.g., chrome) throughout the bathroom or kitchen. Nope, not me.

  2. Can I put chrome from fixtures in shower, oil rubbed bronze fixtures on tub, and chrome on sink in same bathroom. I have oil rubbed pulls on dark cabinets.

  3. Hello. In the first “mixed metals in the bathroom”, can you provide a link to the shelving unit that was used between the two vanities? I’m looking for something just like that. Thank you!

    1. Hi Juliann — That picture is from our friend Aniko over at Place of My Taste and she says she got it from IKEA. If you click over to her site (linked below the photo) you can see more photos and she may be able to give you a specific item name or more information.