Mixed Metal Palette: Timelessly Elegant (Interior Design Link Roundup)


Are you still looking for other ways to make your interior design shine? The demand for metallic accents has, once again, placed the metal color palette high up the design charts. The timeless fusion of gold and silver is a go-to metallic combination for interior design.

Bernhardt Interiors Bedroom Metal Canopy Bed 353-H59/ 353-F59/ 353-R59

If you want to achieve an Art Deco sort of glamour then all you have to do is to use a dash of copper somewhere. If you want more of these exciting color palettes, here is a guide on how to fuse brass, chrome, silver, and gold in your home –

Pick Your Favorite

Of course, among these metallic colors, which do you think speaks to you the most? It is always best to pick the color that you like best as the dominant color. This is so when you see it splashed throughout your home, that you won’t be jarred or overwhelmed.

Different items can carry metallic tones. This can be just a few details such as the chair legs or the base of a lamp. Or if you’re feeling bold enough, an entire wall can be painted with a metallic hue.

There is no single formula that works in balancing metals in your interior design. If you want to play safe, though, the 70-30 rule is best. This is a great starting point because one tone becomes the dominant one and other will just be hinted somewhere.

Gold tones work best for many homes including small accessories and curtains. A few pieces of silver, here and there, like mantel vases, should be enough to offset the dominance of gold.

Spread the different tones throughout the room, this way, they don’t appear too clumped.


This Wine Taster’s Pedestal Dining Table from RayLen Vineyards has four brass casters and a waxy, antique distressed finish.

Work with Fabrics

Using metal tones means you should explore other means of showing them off. The default pieces are tables, the bases of lighting fixtures and such yet there are many other ways to display these electrifying colors.

Golden yellow works best on accent pieces such as throw pillows. The turtle shell tone is also perfect for fabrics and is just right in adding variety to a room.

The Gold-Silver Percentage

A favorite union of metallic colors is that of gold and silver. They are non-competing. Use more of gold, though, rather than silver if you don’t want the room to be swallowed up in too much metal.

Gold is, somehow, warm while silver offers a cool tone. You wouldn’t want to set up a stark room where gold is diminished and silver reigns supreme.

Mix and Mismatch

It is also possible to use two metallic tones in just a single room, apart from gold and silver. Before you do so, though, consider the size of the room. If it offers a wide space, then use copper and gold throughout. You can also infuse a little silver somewhere, again, be cautious with this metallic tone.

Each metal can be beautifully represented in each room for as long as you know how to eclectically blend each with the natural finishes in that space. Every metal should be about a third of the metal palette, nothing more. If you’re tempted to add more, then hamper that inner Midas a bit – just don’t.

As for the coordination of finishes, sometimes, the way to do it is to go all out. A bedroom can have a brass nightstand, a chrome stool, gold picture frames, and a silver vase all together. With varying finishes for each metal (e.g. aged, brushed, polished, etc.), you can create different textures that would make the ensemble more exciting.

When you do this, however, make sure that the rest of the room comes in muted tones. If not, you will be swimming in a sea of metallic colors which is not a pleasing site to be in.

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