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All about metals: part three
Blending gold and silver
Despite fashion once deciding that silver and gold were never to be blended, this rule is now broken. When blending gold and silver, you are bringing together a warm and cool shade; this can be tricky and so it is vital to understand what the eventual outcome should look like. The key is to pick one metal shade to command your shading palette, and the other to supplement it. This goes for a wide range of metallic tones, not simply gold and silver. For instance, stainless steel appliances can be mixed well with a sprinkling of brass; it’s all about finding the right balance.
Tips for Mixing Metals
1. Decide on the primary metal and how to complement it.
Your primary metal will be the most prevalent metal within the room; it will be the first metal to catch the eye of a visitor. Going back to the previous example, the primary metal there was stainless steel, while brass was the secondary metal. Let’s take a look at a stainless steel / brass combo that we love! Bontempi Casa’s Artistico Fixed Table is available with a stainless-steel base and, as it is the centrepiece of the dining room, would incorporate the primary metal for the space. We can then pair this table with Visionnaire’s Gourmand Floor Lamp that features a brass exterior. This small addition to the space incorporates our secondary metal. Therefore, we are trying to dominate the space with our primary metal and include highlights courtesy of a secondary metal. It is best to stick to one prevailing metal and complement it with no more than two secondary metals. If you manage to pick three distinct metals, you ought to circulate them equally, particularly the complementary pieces.
2. Find the perfect balance for the cool and warm metals.
To make your metals pop, consider adding a warm metal highlight to counter a cool metal, for example, a pinch of gold or copper to stainless steel. Make certain to utilise one tone as the secondary metal and the other tone as the dominant one.
3. Use mirrors to extend the metallic theme.
To make a blended metal look prominent throughout the room, include a mirror. Mirrors help create the illusion of more space. Furthermore, adding a mirror can include a metal frame to continue your metallic theme. The Fiam Caadre Wall Mirror features a metal frame in cool titanium and is available in six different sizes.
4. Match metals to your theme.
If your room is dominated by warm metals, stick to metals like copper and gold. Those who opted for a cool palette, settle on cast iron or stainless steel. The Baltus Casablanca Coffee Table is a perfect example of a cool metal piece and works well with the Caadre mirror.
5. Use small sculptures and accessories pieces.
Your secondary metal can flourish if accompanied by small sculptures. A little figure in silver or gold in plain view can add to your blended metal stylistic layout. We love the Eichholtz Pineapple as it blends the warm and cool theme. It features a brass top and is supported by a crystal base.
6. Combine metal finishes.
To include a mixed feel, consolidate two finishes—such as polished metal and hammered metal—to add variety to your room. If the process of combining metal finishes scares you, it may be wise to stick to one type of metal (such as gold or brass) and then combine the different finishes for that specific type of metal. Afterwards, you can do the same with your other metal.
That concludes our look at metals. Over the course of this three-part series, we have looked at the different types of metals, the different finishes for metals, and the ways in which they can be blended. We hope you learned something new! If you want to stay up to date with all of our latest posts, head on over to our social media. We post regularly and let you know when a new post goes up.
Bontempi Casa’s Artistico Fixed Table: https://www.harrogateinteriors.co.uk/bontempi-casa-artistico-fixed-table.html
Visionnaire’s Gourmand Floor Lamp: https://www.harrogateinteriors.co.uk/visionnaire-gourmand-floor-lamp.html
Fiam Caadre Wall Mirror: https://www.harrogateinteriors.co.uk/mirrors/fiam-caadre-wall-mirror-rectangular.html
Baltus Casablanca Coffee Table: https://www.harrogateinteriors.co.uk/living-room/coffee-tables/baltus-casablanca-coffee-table.html