Metal is a universally loved material to incorporate into interior design schemes because of its versatility. Whether you’re going for an industrial chic style, an old world charm, or a modern Scandinavian vibe, metal furniture and decor will fit right in! But you shouldn’t feel tied down to steel, bronze, gold, or one other type of metal. Here are our tips for mix and matching metals in your interior design:
First, consider the overall color palette you want to use.
What colors make up your design scheme? Will your home be full of warm colors, such as reds, oranges, and browns? Or do you lean cool with blues, purples, and greens? Once you know the colors you prefer, you can decide which metals will coordinate well.
If your color palette uses warm colors, look to metals with a warmer hue, such as brass, copper, and gold. For example, our Channel Back Sectional, Lux Sofa, and Regency Sofa are shown with warm metal accents.
If your color palette uses cool colors, look to metals with a cooler tint, such as aluminum, stainless steel, and silver. For example, our Chesterfield Sofa and Hayes Sectional are shown with cool metal accents.
Next, think about the type of item you want to purchase.
Each metal has its own characteristics, such as strength and durability, which suit it best for different purposes. Here are some examples of the best ways to use different metal materials:
- Brass (warm) — Durable and easy to mold, this metal is often used for plating ornamental home items and accents. For example, our Jackson Bar Stools feature brass nailhead accents.
- Copper (warm) — Strong, corrosion resistant, and also very formable, this metal is great for accent items because it can be made to fit your desired amount of texture and shine. For example, check out this Copper Finished Floral Mirror.
- Stainless steel (cool) — Strong, low maintenance, and durable, this metal is often used for bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances. But it can also be used as a great finish for seating, such as with our Cowhide Accent Chair.
- Aluminum (cool) — Light and corrosion resistant, this metal is perfect for outdoor and indoor furniture. For example, our Modern Swivel Chair has an aluminum base.
- Cast iron (cool) — Heavy, strong, and rough in texture, this metal works well for an industrial design style. For example, check out our Antique Styled Elliott Bar Stools.
Have fun without going overboard.
Think about metals in the same way you think about a room’s overall color scheme—generally, you want to choose one dominant color with two accent hues. Similarly, it’s best to stick with one primary metal which coordinates well with the temperature of your color palette, and then choose one or two secondary metals which are the opposite temperature. If you mix in too many different types of colors and metals, the room will begin to look cluttered.
Spread metal accents evenly throughout the room.
Avoid clustering all your metal items all in one corner. For example, if you have a shelf made with metal pipes and wood slats in one corner, you may consider adding a metal lamp or photo frame to the other side of the room to create balance. Along the same lines, when you mix metals, be sure each individual type of metal is spread evenly throughout the room as well. From wherever you’re standing in the room, you should be able to draw an invisible line down the center and see a good balance of each metal type on both sides.
Don’t forget about your customization options.
Many specialty furniture and design shops are able to customize your new home items with your preferred materials, including the metals used to make or plate them. For example, all of the sofas and sectionals mentioned at the beginning of this article are fully customizable with Sofa Creations. Customizing a design you love allows you to bring a couch or sectional sofa home which fits all of your requirements, down to the fabric choices and dimensions. Contact us for help designing your perfect seating piece!