Mixing metal finishes – what you should know

I love mixing metals because it’s an effortless way to design a room that has a collected feel. Mixing metal finishes will also add interest and depth to a room — as long as it is done right, of course. Not done right and your space will become mismatched or overbearing.

So how do you do it right? These are my top five tips on decorating with mixed metals:

1. Choose a dominant finish

While all the metals you will choose will play an important role in the overall look you should focus on a dominant one and then decide on the others. Choosing the dominant metal finish depends on the overall look you want to achieve. Once you decided which metal will work with your design style you can go ahead and choose the accent finishes just as you’d choose an accent color.

In the kitchen below the gold used for fixtures and accents adds a warm glow and charm while complementing the oil-brushed hardware used as a dominant finish.

Kitchen design - mixed metals

Kitchen design – mixed metals


2. Treat metal finishes like colors. 

When planning your design thinking about metal finishes the same way you do for a color scheme can be helpful. With mostly cool finishes or colors in the space adding warm metals, like gold and brass can come off as a pop of color.

We used gold accents in the dining room below to add warmth and contrast with the navy walls and dark wood.


3.  Don’t single out.

The same way we would do with color, pattern or any other design element, repeating a metal in the space will create balance.

Kitchen Design - mixed metals


4. Placement is key

Another way to mix metals successfully is by separating the different finishes by height. In the picture below even though both silver and gold finishes were used they never compete for attention. They add to the room dynamic and can I say just how much I love the contrast between the gold handles and dark cabinetry!?

Bathroom Design|Mixed Metal Finishes| Gold and Chrome

Bathroom Design|Mixed Metal Finishes| Gold and Chrome


5. Consider Your Color Scheme

Traditionally, warm metals like gold and brass are usually used with a warm color palette and cool metals like silver and chrome with cooler hues. In neutral rooms, adding metallic accents is mandatory in order to bring texture, color and warmth. When using gray tones like we did in the living room below using gold accents can really make a room come to life.

great room interior deisgn project on the main line phildelphia

Additionally, using cooler metals in combination with an earthier color scheme can give an updated feel.


#DesignerFavorite Top 5 White Paint Colors for Trim

It’s funny how something as simple as white should be can cause so much stress. That is because white is not simple at all, and when choosing the right white for your home you should take in consideration the undertones.
My top five favorites are all Benjamin Moore simply because I really like their Advance line of paint for trim and cabinetry, in general.

1.  White Dove OC-17 – It the one white I use a lot and it’s all around my house. I consider it to be the general donor of white paint as it goes with pretty much everything. It has a tiny bit of grey touch to it, but it is a really soft white. It looks crisp, but creamy paired with navy in this dining room we recently remodeled.

Interior Design Project Malvern PA - dining room

Wainscoting and trim BM White Dove  OC 17

2. Simply White OC-117 – Benjamin Moore’s color of the year and for good reason: it’s the perfect soft white feels warm but not too creamy.

BM imply White

BM simply White

3. Cotton Balls OC-122 – It has more creaminess to it reminding me of fresh coffee cream, but it still reads white and it feels pretty clean.

Cotton Balls OC

Trim and Cabinets Cotton Balls OC-122


4. Swiss coffee OC-45 – I have to admit the name was what attracted me the first time to this white. It is pretty similar to White Dove, but a bit more creamier. And how darling is this kitchen?

Kitchen Cabinets BM Swiss Coffee

Kitchen Cabinets BM Swiss Coffee

Design by Martha Angus; photo by Bruce DaMonte

5. Chantilly Lace OC-65 – It’s the whitest white in the bunch, the white against which you can compare the others. It is a great choice if you’re looking for crisp white and it looks great with marble like here:

Bathroom Cabnets BM Chantilly Lace

Bathroom Cabnets BM Chantilly Lace


Perfectly Neutral White Warm White Crisp White

White Dove OC-17


Simply White OC-117


Swiss Coffee OC-45


Cotton Balls OC-122


Chantilly Lace OC-65

Do you need help finding the perfect white for your kitchen cabinets or trim? Or maybe selecting paint colors for your space? I would love to help! Please contact us for more details.

How to Choose the Paint Color Right the First Time

Choosing a paint color is not a decision to be taken lightly as it impacts how a room will feel and how it will relate with all your furnishings. As a color expert and professional home stager, I always see people tend to make the same mistakes when choosing paint colors. Here are my tips for getting it right the first time:

1. Consider the big picture.

What is the color of your fixed elements, lightning and how will the paint color will go with your furniture. You will have to take in consideration how your room will relate to the other rooms around it, especially if you have an open layout. You don’t want to be matchy matchy (you really shouldn’t) but there has to be cohesion and flow with each room otherwise your home will look choppy.

2. Take in consideration how do you want the room to feel

The fact that you like a color it doesn’t mean you will necessarily like the way you feel surrounded by it when it will be up on four (or more) walls. I like all kind of shades of reds, but the thought of waking up to that color doesn’t sound appealing to me.

3. Test the paint before painting.

I cannot stress this enough, but you have to test the paint before painting it all over your house. Yes, the color looked great at your friend’s house, it’s the most popular color on Pinterest and HGTV. Sure, you should research it and see how it looks in different houses and different lightning, but you MUST look at a large sample in your home because there no two rooms with the same lighting and finishes.

4. Always look at the paint chip against the wall. 

If the paint goes up on the wall then that’s how you should look at the paint chip – flat against the wall.

But, don’t do this:


5. Don’t compare paint colors with each other

paint against wall

 or with your current wall color especially if that wall color is completely different or bright. When I am doing a consult and face this issue I put up a larger piece of white paper behind the sample we’re looking at.

The correct way to try the paint samples is by painting large area of one paint color on a white paper board and putting it flat against the wall. Of course you shoulmoving it around to see how different light affects the color

6. Don’t forget the finish – it can make or break a color decision. Usually darker colors can read very flat and the finish of the paint can bring out or take away from the hue. The same goes for whites. For example, using Linen White in a flat finish it will read pretty much read blah and, well, flat as compared with painting it in egg shell finish that will bring out the cream.


How to Get the Right Paint Color for Your Home

As a home stager and interior redesigner in Chester County, I often recommend paint colors. For a redesign project, choices can be and are much bolder than when you stage to sell. Whether you plan to sell or to stay here are some tips to help choosing the perfect color:

1. Find inspiration: find images that you like and pin them so you will have a clear idea what style and mood appeal to you.  Use your favorite pillow, scarf or a piece of fabric for pulling the color palette. One of my favorites websites for inspiration is design-seeds.com

colorpalette   colorpalette2

via design-seeds.com

2. When choosing a paint color never look at it horizontally in your hand unless it is going on the counter tops or the floors. Always look at the paint chip vertically against the wall. Always paint a large swatch and move it around to see it in all different light conditions. Two colors that may appear to match in one light source may not match under another light source so always pay attention to lighting. The natural daylight will show the truest colors, but you should always see how your paint color looks under the other light conditions present in your home

3. Keep in mind the big picture: it is really important to see how will your paint color go with the fixed elements in the room (rug, tiles, countertops, cabinets, trim, etc)and the flow with the adjacent rooms, especially in an open space.

To set up an appointment for a Paint Color Consultation, contact me at info@reimagineinteriors.com or (484)318.5629.