The short answer: Yes, you can!
To add additional dimension you can mix metal finishes between your faucet, hardware, light fixture, shower handles, etc. A lot of designers play around with finishes in bathrooms and kitchens and in my opinion, it’s just another layer to your design.
Here are a few of my tips when mixing multiple metal finishes within one space –
1 // Use no more than 3 metals.
It can start to feel busy when you incorporate more than 3 finishes within one space…especially if it’s a small room like a bathroom. I prefer to mix 2 (sometimes 3) metals. To create a cohesive look, pick one to be your dominant finish (which is seen the most throughout the entire space) and the others will be your accent.
2 // Put a little distance between the metals.
If you’re struggling with blending two finishes, distance may solve that problem. Space serves as a buffer to the eye and it creates a smooth transition. So for example, you could mix the finishes between your faucet and the cabinet hardware since there’s space and additional materials between the two finishes creating a visual buffer.
3 // Pair complimentary finishes.
Each metal has either a warm or cool undertone and some designers like to mix the two together. Although I have seen many warm and cool combinations that I like, generally speaking I prefer to pair complimentary finishes with similar undertones.…just like you would when mixing multiple wood tones. Finishes with a warm undertone lean yellow/gold including brass, gold, and nickel while cool finishes lean silver such as chrome and stainless steel. Black fixtures are neutral and can pair with most anything! Additionally, avoid pairing finishes that are too close in color such as copper + brass.
Is your brain spinning? Here are a few complimentary finishes I like:
Bronze + Brass
Brass + Stainless Steel
Pewter + Brass
Chrome + Black
Brass + Black
Nickel + Black
Nickel + Brass
Notice how Jean Stoffer paired 3 finishes in this bathroom and it blends effortlessly!? Bravo Jean!
Source: Jean Stoffer
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