CHI Good Question: Mixing Metals?

CHI Good Question: Mixing Metals?

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Janel Laban
Feb 15, 2008

Abigail wants to know if the decor police will come after her: "Can I mix metals? I have a great drum shade chandelier in my living room that I absolutely love, and it has brushed aluminum accents (like the one shown above, but with brushed aluminum rather than brass). I'm thinking about a gilded cocktail table and side tables, possibly in faux bamboo. Would I be committing a design faux pas to mix these?"

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We think a mix of metals used in the way you describe is not really a MAJOR decor sin - especially if you are embracing the whole Hollywood Regency glam-it-up aesthetic. It would seem like a shame to limit your search for gilt tables just because of the trim on your drum shade.

If you really end up not liking the look, another option is to use a metallic paint to switch out the aluminum accents to a gold tone to match the new tables.

But we'll throw it out to the experts...

AT Designers, would the mix of metals Abigail describes be a design faux pas or does she get a pass from the crowd? Let us know in the comments...

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