August 28, 2015

Mixing Metals in Design

Do you mix metals in your home? 

A brass bowl from the eighties...bringing it back out!

I started out being reluctant about mixing metallic finishes in my house. And I may, or may not, still be working on that personal issue. ha!

Kind of like, can you wear silver and gold jewelry together? (Yes, I still give that a second thought! All of my good jewelry is gold, and my fun jewelry is silver. So many decisions.)

My collection of "d√©coratifs" includes silver, brass, gold leaf, oil rubbed bronze, and black wrought iron finishes. 

Being a little bit obsessive about following some kind of real or imaginary decorating rules it used to bother me about mixing finishes. 

A brass lamp from the eighties...

After coming from a large house to a smaller house I have an abundance of accessories. 

The challenge for me has been how to use various metals in one room. (And if we are "allowed" to do that. ha!) 

I admit that I have been too much of a nut about this issue of mixing metals...but maybe I am "over it." ha! 

I know. I know. Rules are made to be broken, or thrown out the window.

But I am from a generation that put away white shoes after labor day! Now we can wear white all year long according to the fashion magazines. Or has that changed?

I still don't wear white after labor day unless it is a white blouse or winter white wool...results of years of brain washing on the subject I guess. 

Another brass lamp from the eighties...
I am from a time when there were rules about table settings, linens, correct lamp heights, and eating liver once a week! 

I know that some of you are from my "time." I must be getting really old...because I tend to think things were better in my "time." ha!  

I try not to look at these youngsters who shun convention as being rebellious young homemakers. I"m kidding. 

I admire all of the young homemakers and mothers trying to navigate this very challenging time of "anything goes" out there in the world. 

I am trying to roll with some of the newer relaxed ways of homemaking and designing. 

I think that my daughter is glad to know those traditional things that I taught her about table linens, place settings, and lamp heights. :-) And, she is passing down some of these traditional things to her daughter. 

Making silver and gold work together...
I think it is good to know the rules (about anything)...even if we choose to ignore them. 

If there were no rules we would have nothing to rebel against, against which to rebel. ha!

I own a thick tome of Etiquette by Emily Post that tells how to set formal and casual table settings. It explains how to address various members of the community, from a neighbor to the local senator.
It is good to know what to do if an ambassador dines in your home, even if one never will.

Rules and etiquette are really to help people feel at ease. 

We are all more comfortable when we know what to expect....whether that is setting a proper table, or joining PTA volunteers at someone's home for a casual brunch on Saturday. 

Rules can help everyone to feel at ease. Really!

A mix of gold, brass, and bronze finishes...

I suppose that breaking decorating rules...if they really exist... is not a big deal.

I think that maybe the artistic blend of accessories and your home is more important than any rules. Balance, texture, color, size, height, etc. 

Of is in the eye of the beholder.

Originally I worried about using a gold mirror frame and silver/chrome faucets. 

I did not want brass faucets like I had in the Georgian. Been there done that...although I saw in a magazine that brass faucets may be coming back. Heaven help me! 

So...I already owned the mirror and it fit perfectly over the hall bath vanity. Silver and gold it would be then!

Would I feel better if a design guru were to pronounce far and wide that mixing metal finishes is just fine? 

Maybe...because I guess I still want to abide by some design rule. ha! I guess I am not 100% sure about mixing metals...but I am doing it anyway.

And here you see our beloved golden...Mikey in the pic with my gold pears and old brass bowl. Mikey went with everything. He was usually the highlight of any photoshoot. 

Here is a pic of our great room...when I was not mixing metals. 

Everything has a gold or brass finish...brass lamps, picture frames, brass jar, brass picture frame, gold washed planter, and touches of gold wash on the funky lamp base.

Mixing gold and silver tones
...I believe it works.

I used to segregate my gold and silver Christmas decorations. 
Now...I just throw it all in together. 

What about you all...

Do you mix metals and finishes in your home? 

Are you a design rebel with your home? 

Do you mix gold and silver in your jewelry? 

Do you have design insecurities too? ha! 

Am I asking too many questions? :-)

I invite you all to share your feelings about design rules. Won't you share with us!

Thanks for visiting.

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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