5 Tips for Decorating With Mixed Metals

Today we’re here to bust one of decorating’s biggest myths: you can’t mix metals within the same room. Not only is this “rule” meant to be broken, we’ll even take it one step further: you should mix metals within the same room.

Using multiple metal tones — like silver, copper, gold, stainless steel and more — can add intrigue and depth to your décor, without overpowering one space with a single finish. That said, it’s important to think carefully about how to mix metals in your home design to avoid giving a room a disjointed or careless appearance.

To help you feel confident in your ability to decorate with mixed metals, we’ve put together a list of five tips:

Think of metals as “warm” or “cool”

Warm metals would be anything with yellowish tones, like gold, copper and brass. Cool metals are anything with silver tones, like aluminum, stainless steel or any other silver metal. Once you have metals mentally divided up in these categories, you can balance the use of warm and cool metals in your décor. For instance, if you have a warm metal prominently used, you can use cool metals as accent tones.

Don’t go overboard

While you can think of this post as your official permission slip to mix metals, you still don’t want to go overboard. Stick to two to three metals at most, ideally with one focal metal and one to two accent metals.

Consider finishes

Using different finishes of the same metal — for instance, polished and shiny versus antique and rustic — can add visual appeal and variety. However, again, it’s important not to go overboard.

Use a mirror to add depth

Adding a mirror to a room creates depth by reflecting the metallic notes in your décor and generating a more open feel. Bonus points if your mirror has a metal frame!

Utilize space

Spreading out the different metals you choose will help the room flow better. Aim for metal mixing to happen at various heights and surfaces so the eye isn’t pulled to one plane of the room over another. For instance, if you have brass light fixtures drawing the eye up, you can use silver drawer pulls to bring attention to lower areas of the room.

Above all, trust your instincts. You want your décor to match your style, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope if it feels right.

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The Power of Mirror Mantras

The mirrors in your home serve many practical purposes — from putting in your contacts in the morning, to making sure you don’t have spinach in your teeth. But beyond these necessary functions, did you know your mirror can actually be a helpful tool on your way to better self-esteem, goal achievement and career confidence?

It’s true! Studies have shown that frequently seeing your own reflection can help better develop your sense of self, shift your perspective, improve social skills and ground you in your body. There’s even a growing practice of mirror meditation that claims to help develop “kinder self-awareness.”

We’ve posted before about writing inspirational quotes on your mirror as helpful reminders to start your day, but mirror mantras can take this a step further. Here’s how you can get started with your own personal mantra to build the confidence and self-esteem you need to reach your biggest goals:

Pick a theme

Think about the kind of energy you want to manifest in your own life. Are you trying to move up the ladder at work? Work on your body image? Stay focused on a fitness goal? Whatever type of self-improvement you’re after, think of a theme to connect your mirror mantras.

Select a few powerful phrases

Your actual mantras can be whatever you choose, but should speak to the heart of your goals. While some people like to have a few mantras to alternate, others select one particularly powerful mantra to repeat daily. Here are a few examples:

  • You are enough.
  • You deserve this.
  • You are stronger than you think.

Set aside time

While you don’t need much time, a mirror mantra routine is likely to be most effective in the morning before your day has truly begun. However, don’t be afraid to find a routine that works best for you if mornings aren’t your thing.

Breathe, repeat, breathe

Stand tall with good posture and grounded feet, then make eye contact with yourself in the mirror. Say your mantra, breathe in and out deeply, and repeat it again. Feel free to repeat this process as many times as you need to feel ready for your day.

 

Do you use mirror mantras? Tell us what positive energy you’re manifesting in the comments below.
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