Find out how to combine different metal elements in the bathroom to achieve a cohesive mix and match look for your décor.
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I’m so excited to finally be sharing our finished powder room makeover with you! It’s been a long time coming. Full disclosure, this project was wrapped up nearly two months ago, but well, life got in the way of me posting all of the details with you. So let’s get on with it!
This was our sad little powder room when we first moved in almost two years ago. Nothing special, just your plain basic builder bathroom.
It always bugged me that the bathroom that was used the most in our home was totally lacking in character. Well, that and the mysterious musty smell that was coming from the rotting floorboards around the toilet.
Let that right there, be your lesson folks to steer far, far away from installing hardwood in your bathroom areas. It doesn’t make for a fun project once you’ve sprung a leak.
We opted to replace the rotting hardwood floors with a gorgeous brick-like tile option. You can read all about our DIY faux brick floors in this post here. But let’s just say the tile floor project led to an entire room renovation. And before we knew it, we were picking out all new fixtures for our powder room.
Metal Finishes in the Bathroom
I’m pretty sure I love designing bathrooms most of all. Picking out the hard finishing’s is like adding jewelry to the room, and who doesn’t love a little bling? If you’ve seen the glam powder room we designed for our neighbors here then you’ll know that we went for a chic gold look, and chose to use the same metal finish throughout the entire room.
For our own bathroom though, we wanted to go in a completely different direction. The floors lent themselves to a nice rustic finish, and the creamy white walls with molding were the perfect neutral base. It just needed a little extra contrast with the metal fixtures to really make this room pop.
There are a few good rules of thumb to follow when mixing metals for bathroom fixtures, and they become even more important when working in such a tight space like a small powder room.
Choose a Dominant Metal Color to Anchor Your Room’s Design
It’s no secret that I have a thing for gold when it comes to decorating. I know there are so many trends that come and go with Interior Design, but in my opinion this is one color that remains a timeless classic and instantly elevates any space with a higher end look.
We chose gold as our primary metal finish to start off the design and sprinkled it through four different key fixtures in our powder room. Why four? Because three items are too few to really create a color scheme in any size room and any more than four would have been overkill in our tiny bathroom.
Our sconce lighting, modern faucet, waste can and toilet tray were all a beautiful brushed gold color, almost leaning a hint towards brass without feeling too 80s.
Create a Design Triangle to Connect the Different Metal Finishes in Your Bathroom Fixtures
After choosing the primary metal finish for your bathroom fixtures, you want to make sure that you spread them throughout the room and try to avoid placing them right next to or directly on top of one another. An easy way to visualize this before you commit to a major purchase, is to picture a triangle with three points connecting your main pieces.
While I couldn’t fit all the pieces into one photo for you, this picture is a loose example of how to place the same metal finish throughout your bathroom. Both the light fixture and the gold faucet are directly aligned, but broken up with another design element, the mirror, so that they’re not directly on top of one another. And the third connecting point is the brushed gold waste can on the ground to the right of both the other pieces.
Having larger items between metals helps to break up the look so that it appears more cohesive and less matchy matchy.
Combine Metals to Compliment the Primary Finish in Your Bathroom
Next, you’ll want to select one or two more color that will be your secondary metal finishes in your bathroom design. This is sometimes the hardest part of mixing metals in a bathroom. That’s because you need to keep a few things in mind when choosing your fixtures.
Compliment Your Dominant Metal Finish
You might find yourself wanting to stay as close as possible to your primary metal color, it’s a natural tendency to want to match things. But if you want to achieve that effortless cohesive look, you need to aim for contrast instead.
That means combining a metal color and finish that are completely opposite your primary metal.
To give the warm tones of our brushed gold fixtures some contrast, we chose to use a little bit of chrome and satin nickel for the rest of our bathroom design. The cool silver tones complimented the room perfectly.
Again, making sure to avoid placing these finishes side by side we alternated them throughout the room using chrome for the hand towel and toilet paper stand.
And the brushed nickel in the new floor vent and door stopper.
But’s it’s this gorgeous beaded and beveled mirror that really tie both of those cool metal finishes together.
The brushed nickel tones on the frame of the mirror accent the chrome look of the beveled glass panes.
And to think I almost went with a wood framed mirror in my original design plan here. I love how this room turned out, especially the gorgeous white walls. I actually said to my husband that this room feels so chic now that it belongs in a hotel room, not our house.
I hope you found these tips for mixing metals helpful. If you did, do me a favor and pin this post on Pinterest so others can find this extremely awesome guide too!