Are you hesitant to use mixed metal bathroom fixtures in your home? Mixing metals is becoming more and more popular in interior design, and there’s no better place to experiment with this design trend than in a bathroom: hardware, plumbing fixtures, and lighting all provide beautiful opportunities to mix metals!
Mark Twain once said, “Life is short. Break the rules.” And while he was likely referring to something more dramatic than mixed metal in your home 😉 , I’ve recently been taking the principle to heart.
We’ve owned quite a few homes in our 16 years of marriage, and I’ve played it pretty safe with our bathroom renovations and fixtures in the past. Some of those design choices were related to our budget and the current bathroom design trends, but I’ll admit that some of the choices were related to a fear that choosing design trends outside of the safe ‘rules’ would keep us from getting the maximum return on our home when we went to sell.
As many of my readers have noticed (and asked about), though, I’m rebelling. In our three most recent bathroom renovations, I’ve decided to step outside of the safe-zone and play with mixed metal faucets, lighting, wall mirrors, and fixtures.
I think people are less concerned these days with formal design rules, and as a lover of mixed metals, I’m taking advantage where I can. With so many reader questions, I thought it might be helpful to share some design inspiration and tips on how to mix metals in your bathrooms.
Mixed Metal Inspiration
There are so many different fixture metal options: gold and brass, chrome, polished and satin nickel, stainless steel, and – with the rise of the modern farmhouse style – a bold black finish is popular, too. Interior designers are using mixed metals in kitchens and mudrooms, too.
For example, I love this soft neutral master bathroom with a gold framed vanity mirror and chrome sconces and faucets by the very talented Studio McGee. This would be such a cute look for a powder room too!
And this modern farmhouse style bathroom by brilliantly creative Emily Henderson is playful with soft blue glazed subway tile, black wall lights and cabinet hardware, as well as a classic polished nickel sink faucet.
These angular gold bath lights and matte black bathroom fixtures create the perfect modern bathroom retreat by Leclair Decor. The bold sink faucet really pops against the white counters, and I love the black leather cabinet pulls.
How to mix metals
You’ve got so many options with sink and bath faucets to play with mixed metal combinations, but you aren’t limited by plumbing hardware. Lighting, mirror frames, and even towel bars are a great place to add some personality with mixed metal hardware.
In my kids’ Jack and Jill bathroom, I use classic polished nickel faucets, but I also installed a burnished brass sconce, gold cabinet vanity knobs and pulls, as well as gold towel bars. You might even notice that I mixed in wood mirror frames and marble countertop designs to bring this bathroom to life! Play around with what inspires you!
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Beautiful mixed metal combinations
The possibilities are endless, but here are some great combinations to get your creative juices flowing and step outside the matchy matchy…
Black and gold
I haven’t actually used this combo in a bathroom yet, but I used it in our kitchen at the ranch, and I’m in love! This might just be the next bathroom combo I’ll have to try. 😉
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Polished nickel and gold
Polished nickel and gold is such an elegant combination. When we began designing our recently renovated master bathroom, I knew I wanted to incorporate polished nickel bathroom faucets and with gold accents.
Our stunning gold chandelier is a beautiful contrast, breaking up all of the neutral marble tile and highlighting my new soaking tub. You’ll notice that the floor to ceiling Carrara marble and glass doors, as natural materials, serve as great canvases for these mixed metal finishes.
After living without bathroom mirrors for a long time before the renovation (the joys of renovating in stages!), I’m happy to have these modern farmhouse mirrors framed over our white painted double vanity.
The soft gold finish warms up this mostly white transitional bathroom. I also wanted to echo the frameless glass shower doors with these glass and polished nickel vanity lights. Later, I hope to add new gold cabinet knobs and hardware to complete the look!
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Black and chrome
And, because I love a more rustic-modern, traditional farmhouse flair out at Little Pax Ranch, I chose to do a bold matte black bathtub with chrome plumbing in this attic bathroom.
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Confidently Use Mixed Metals in your Home
I hope these mixed metal combinations inspired you! You can feel confident about mixing metals with a style that is both trendy but classically beautiful. Which is your favorite? Share with me in the comments!
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