Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mixing metal finishes: gorgeous inspiration

So, I have a conundrum in my master bath. I want to change our light fixtures, but I don't want the light fixtures to match the finish of our faucets and towel racks. I spent some time looking for inspiring ways to mix metal finishes this afternoon, and turns out that it actually makes a space look better balanced when there is a mix of finishes. Below are some of my favorite examples:

This bathroom is closest to ours.  Our faucets pretty much look just like that, our vanity knobs are dark, and I want to get light fixtures with a chrome finish.  Looks pretty good to me!

Nickel finish faucets look nice with the dark finish of the sconces and mirror frames.

via Houzz

Love the gold and chrome here.
via White + Gold

One challenge I'm having is picking a fixture type for our bathroom ceiling.  The ceiling in our bath is very high, and the fixture there now is more like a foyer light, and very tuscan looking, which just isn't our style.  Here are some fixtures types I'm considering.
I like semi-flush, but with the fixture so high up would it provide enough light?

I also like this style pendant, and it is tall enough to be suitable for a high ceiling.
via Decor Pad

I really like this option.

Via Joss & Main

I really like these pendants, but I would need something wider.

Traditional Bathroom
 by Irvine Interior Designers & Decorators Blackband Design

A clean and simple chandelier could work too.

What style fixture would you use for a bathroom with a very high ceiling?


Zsuzsa said...

What most of the mixed finish photos you posted have in common is that there are only two distinct colors/finishes, except for the first picture. I think mixing three different colors might be a little chaotic looking. On most of the other photos the cabinet hardware and the light fixtures sort of matched, and it created a nice harmony with the faucet(s) of a different finish in between.
As for what to use on the ceiling, I liked both of your last two choices. There is something to be said for using chandeliers in a bathroom. Traditional crystal, or modern and sleek, they add a little bit of glamour to every bath. I am looking forward to seeing what you chose!

JeanaB said...

For the bathroom that you did not have a source for...if you come up with anything, please let me know. I love the mirror and want one for my powder room. I have been saving that picture since I first saw it on Pinterest (which was also without a source). I love mixed finishes.

ashley@decorologyblog said...

JeanaB...I found the source - http://www.houzz.com/photos/6564322/228-Pendleton-Road-farmhouse-bathroom

Unfortunately they don't know the source of the mirror :(

This one looks pretty close though! http://midcenturymodern.co.uk/4/Accessories/Italian-1950s-brass-shield-mirror-P801.html


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