House of Brass Discusses the 'Rules' on Mixing Metals in Interior Design

Renowned Nottingham based architectural fittings specialists House of Brass have been discussing whether modern design allows for a mix of metals, asking - is it a fabulous look, or a fashion faux pas?
NOTTINGHAM, U.K. - May 21, 2016 - PRLog -- One question doing the rounds in interior design circles at the moment is whether it's acceptable to mix the metals of the fittings found in the various rooms of the home, such as taps, curtain poles, door furniture and light fittings.

Whilst there will always be some stalwarts who will dictate that continuity is king, According to some designers, a fusion of finishes is a trendy way of creating the layering effect. House of Brass suggests you could even bring together the old and the new to create zones, going for an antique finish in one area, then evolving into full-on contemporary in another.

Kitchens naturally lend themselves to mixing metals says House of Brass. "It makes a beautiful contrast if you have copper pans on show in the kitchen and stainless steel appliances around the walls. Supposing your taps or mixers are chrome to blend with a stainless steel fridge freezer, having a copper cooker hood and some copper pendant lights could add a layer of drama to an otherwise bland kitchen."

When it comes to cabinetry, House of Brass advises that against white or cream coloured cupboards and drawers, black iron or similar finishes on their handles could have a really striking effect, whatever other metals are found in the room.

In the bathroom, antique brass taps add a touch of elegance and period charm, and the contrast with a modern chrome towel rail can be really striking. "It all depends on whether you want a relaxing feel or something more invigorating. If you want both, for example a relaxation zone around the bath and a wake-me-up shower area, this is where you can get clever with carefully thought out assortments of metals."

The architectural specialists do warn though that metal mixes should be chosen with care. "Up to three or four different metals can complement each other. Any more can start to look haphazard."

House of Brass sells a range of traditional and contemporary brass, chrome and iron fixtures and fittings for the home both at their shop at 282-284 Huntingdon Street, Nottingham and online at

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