Mixing Gold and Silver in your interiors - 4 ways to make it work

There are definite schools of thought when it comes to mixing gold and silver -- most of us know what we like when it comes to our jewelry, but what about in our homes?  While I don't often use gold, I'ver really fallen for the antique brass look in lighting and furniture, especially pieces that have a mid-century modern influence. But I also gravitate toward gray and silver, so what to do? Here are a few ideas:

• Make a bold statement by using large areas of each color.

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Here's a great example from DwellStudio.com

•Use different metals at different heights, for example, silver for furniture that is eye level or below (coffee tables, picture frames) and gold/brass for pendants,

Modern Dining Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators

Lizette Marie Interior Design via Houzz

•Mix metals of different textures like mirror (which reads as silver), gold or silver leaf, and woven or layered metals

Contemporary Living Room by South West Interior Designers & Decorators

Siobhan Loates Design Ltd via Houzz

•Use accessories that pick up on the gold/silver mix

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These hand embroidered pillows by Judy Ross fit the bill!

So go ahead -- be fearless, ignore rules, and mix away!