Designer’s Tip…Can you mix different timbers and metals in same room?

Designer’s Tip…Can you mix different timbers and metals in same room?

I get some many clients who think that if you have an oak table, everything must be oak! Nothing could be worse…it’s like the 80s all over again where people bought who sets of furniture that matched.
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• As your interior designer, I want you to loosen up…Think of your timber furniture as all being part of a larger happy family, like kissing cousins rather than identical twins.
• How far can you go with this? Well, recycled rustic light coloured timbers can go with white washed timber, elms, walnut (not too dark) and oak, but it can NOT go with glossy rosewood.
• Don’t mix a highly glossy dressy wood with a beachy matte rustic wood regardless of the colour.
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• Dark timbers include species like wenge, walnut, mahogany, etc. Even this tortoise shell cane looks great in this room.
• Important: Timber floors are like a pair of jeans, think of them as neutral not the colour blue! Anything can go on top
Metals…Can you really have brass or gold in same room as silver and chrome? Your interior design says YES!!
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• Make sure your various metal finishes are reserved for different types of furniture. This space above works well because the brass is on a pendant light and the chrome reserved for the table and chair. I would not have a brass coffee table next to a silver side table…oh no!
• Brushed finishes mixed with polished? No problem!
• In this fantastic bedroom below, a silver side table looks great with gold mirrors. Very eclectic …in the best way.
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