Should I mix metals tones in my wedding design, or should I stick with all one tone?
This is a question I get ALL the time! There’s a deeply rooted seed that we learned somewhere in our mother’s or grandmother’s closets that metals are not meant to be mixed and all of your jewelry must be either gold or silver. So when we’re faced with the bevy of options out there in metal tones for wedding decor, we panic. Can I have silver chargers and brass candlesticks?! What about brass serving trays and silver flatware? Why on earth are there so many metal options anyway??
Here’s a fun little quiz. Which of these feels more like you?
A. Classic, Polished, Cohesive, Elegant
B. Layered, Warm, Chic, Collected
If you said A then you’re more likely going to prefer one tone of metal throughout your design. It’s seamless and cohesive and deeply classic. Pick your favorite tone and stick to it.
If you said B then mixing metals might just be your jam and you should MIX AWAY!! I love the combination of various textures and tones and think there’s a depth and richness to the space that comes from it.
If you choose that mixing metal finishes is right for you, here’s some tips on how to do it well:
- Vary the finishes on the metal pieces. Shiny brass next to shiny gold next to shiny silver looks forced coordinated in my opinion. When there’s a weathered brass next to a shiny silver next to a matte gold, the finishes don’t compete with each other and each piece looks intentionally selected.
- Choose a dominant metal and use the other finishes for accents. This helps give you some structure when selecting your finishes, so it doesn’t feel like you’re randomly slapping all the metals together.
Look at the undertones of your color palette. Does your color palette have mostly warms or mostly cool undertones? Warmer undertones will often pair best with brass, gold and warmer colored metals. Cooler undertones lend themselves to silver, nickel and darker finishes.