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The resource below, Mixed Metal Kitchen Guide, highlights some specific tips to guide your selection. To start, you’ll want to stick to only incorporating three different types of metals; anything more than that quickly clutters the kitchen appearance and disrupts cohesion. Of these, you want one finish to be the one you use most, and the other two can be used as accents. Keep in mind, too, iron acts like a neutral compared to shiny metallics, and it can provide an additional anchoring and industrial component that works with anything. If you have an open concept house you may want to also consider the metals in the space around the kitchen area.

Another guiding principle is to consider the color scheme of your kitchen. In a room with warm beiges, creams or browns, for example, warm brass, nickel or copper naturally fit. In a room of cool greens, blues or grays, cooler chrome or silver may work best as your dominant material. Metals can also balance room temperatures, with copper finishes brightening a neutral space or dark finishes complementing a light one. Whatever pairing you choose, avoid grouping different finishes into separate parts of your kitchen, which can make the room feel uneven. Instead, equally distribute and space them out for balance.

To keep these tips handy, check out the below infographic, which highlights eight important guidelines to help you mix metals beautifully.