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One thing I did not get done for the primary bathroom makeover with the One Room Challenge was the faucets. I was planning on changing out the Brushed Nickel for Unlacquered Brass to match the cabinet hardware and light switch covers and balance out the antique chrome mirror and matte black sconces. I had the new ones all ready to go with the aspiration to learn how to change them out by myself but after reading the instructions and taking one look at our setup of two sets of widespread faucets hidden tightly behind the sink, I quickly decided this was a job best left to an experienced professional! So I made the appointment but it was for the week after the reveal. Live and learn!

Here are the old faucets:

Clock | Rug | Towel | Bath Matt | Makeup Towel | Green Paint

The old faucets were a Brushed Nickel so with those, the chrome mirror, black sconces, and brass cabinet hardware, there was just too much going on.

And the after with the new brass faucets:

Faucets (similar)

Here is a closer look at all 3 metals and how they work together:

Shave Towel | Light Switch Cover | Wall Sconce | Mirror | Hand Soap | Wallpaper | Drawer Pull | Blue Paint

Mixing metals is a choice that adds dimension and interest but there is absolutely nothing wrong with staying consistent with one finish. I actually prefer a single finish in smaller spaces or if there is just too much else going on in the room. In our bathroom, I knew I would be keeping the mirror and sconces we already had prior to the makeover so I came up with a plan for the remaining hardware to make sure everything stayed in balance.

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Here are three steps to guide you through the process of mixing metals in your home:

Step 1: Understand Your Options

There are a number of finishes available in the market and they can vary by brand. Here is a helpful guide to understand your options:

Source: Rejuvenation.com

Step 2: Pick 2-3 Metals

Pick 2-3 metals that will play nicely together. Consider warm versus cool undertones but know black is neither warm or cool and can go with almost everything! Next, choose one of your metals to be the most dominant in not only your room, but that will flow consistently from room to room throughout your home. The other one or two metals will support.

I fell in love with unlacquered brass and the idea that it will patina and show wear over time so I have this as my dominant metal. This also makes sense since I naturally gravitate toward warmer undertones throughout my home. The Brass was then balanced out by chrome and matte black. I personally like when the faucets match the cabinet hardware and in our case that worked well to balance out the cool grey sink and countertops.

Step 3: Consider placement both around the room at varying heights

Spread the metals around the room at varying heights. Metals aren’t just for cabinet hardware but can be used in mirrors, lighting, decor, and/or picture frames!

Wood Toilet Seat | Artwork | Flushmount Light Fixture
Toilet Paper Holder | Wallpaper

Mixing Metal Inspiration From a Few Favorite Designers:

Source: @meredithellis
Source: @housesevendesign
Source: @lucycunninghaminteriors

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What do you think? Are you on board for mixing metals or do you like to keep it all in the same family? Comment below! I would love to hear.

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