Choose Your Dominant Metal
When you chose a color scheme for your bathroom, you likely chose a main color followed by one or two complementary colors. You’ll follow that same process when choosing your metals.
Your dominant metal will account for around 2/3 of all metal fixtures in your bathroom, and will probably be the color of your largest fixtures like your showerhead, faucets, and towel bar(s). Metals with cool undertones, like brushed nickel, stainless steel, and polished chrome fit right into a bathroom with a contemporary design. Metals with warmer undertones, like gold, brass, and bronze, look great in traditional or rustic-style bathrooms.
Don’t Forget About the Finish
In addition to the color of the metals, you’ll want to consider your bathroom fixture finishes. Polished metals are shiny and contemporary, while brushed finishes like stainless steel are more muted. Oil-rubbed finishes, like our oil-rubbed bronze, have an antiqued look that works well in traditional or even farmhouse-style bathrooms.
Mixing bathroom fixture finishes is another balancing act, but it will pay off big time. Try pairing shiny, polished fixtures with matte metals for a clean, modern look. For a sleek bathroom, try brushed finishes in complementary colors. Oil-rubbed bronze allows you to see just hints of bronze, so look for other warm-toned metals like polished bronze, copper, or even gold.
Draw Inspiration From the Rest of Your Home
Still not sure what metals to mix? Look to other areas of your house for inspiration!
For the ultimate home decor cohesion, choose the same finishes that are present in other areas of your home. Where else in your home do you have multiple metal fixtures? Your other bathrooms, kitchen, and even your outdoor areas may have metal fixtures for you to draw inspiration from.
Coordinate With The Other Materials in Your Bathroom
We’ve discussed making sure your metals complement each other, but it’s also important to ensure they coordinate with the rest of your bathroom. If you’ve chosen a rustic tile floor and an antiqued vanity, stay away from shiny metals like polished chrome and opt for something like oil-rubbed bronze instead. On the other hand, if you’ve chosen a sleek vanity with marble flooring, polished metals will complete your bathroom’s modern look.