First it is important to understand why we mix metal finishes.
1. To give the room balance 2. To create a more "collected" look 3. For a unique and personalized feel (so your bathroom doesn't look like you chose everything from one collection in a hardware store)
For my first "how-to mix metals in your home" I am going to focus on the bathroom...
1st STEP: YOUR FAVORITE - Pick your favorite fixture/faucet/hardware in whatever finish you love.
2nd STEP: MATCH - Find another element in the room you would like to match or coordinate with what you have already picked.
3rd STEP: A DIFFERENT FINISH - Pick another finish that compliments (not matches) what you have already chosen. If you have chosen a satin or aged finish then go with a polished - mix finishes as well as metals.
When mixing metals and finishes here are some great combos:
Aged Brass + Polished Chrome + Lucite
Oil Rubbed Bronze + Polished Nickel + Aged Brass
Black + Aged Brass + Satin Nickel
Polished Nickel + Aged Brass
Brass + Satin Nickel + Oil Rubbed Bronze
Brass + Satin Nickel + Polished Chrome
Black + Polished Chrome + Lucite
There are so many great combinations! Study pictures of bathrooms you like to get more of a feeling of how you would like to mix metals and finishes.
4th STEP: FINISHING TOUCH - Add at least one more metal/element to tie it all together - preferably a light fixture that will add another dimension to the room, such as crystals, lucite, a linen shade, and a metal.
5th STEP: NO MORE THAN 4 FINISHES, NO LESS THAN 2 - If you introduce too many finishes it will look too eclectic (think bag lady eclectic) or chaotic. A tailored collected look is what you are going for.
W+G TIP: When picking out all of your elements of your bathroom think of it like an outfit.
It's not a good idea to wear all gold jewelry or all silver jewelry. It would look cheesy and/or boring. Like this picture, you should mix elements - lucite, ribbon, rose gold, metallic glitter.
DO NOT OVERDO IT or your bathroom will look like this (keeping with the outfit analogy)...
Mix the warm and cool tones of the bathroom to give the room some balance. All silvers and marbles will feel icy and cold. All golds and travertines or granites will look overdone and gaudy.
And that's "HOW TO" mix your metal finishes in your bathroom!