The Do's and Don'ts for mixing and matching Lighting fixtures

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The Do’s and Don’ts for mixing and matching Lighting fixtures

I recommend mixing at least two, but no more than four finishes in each room. This is the hardest to do well, especially if you are new to lighting. 

You do not need to match metal finishes in your lighting, in your hardware, in your faucets, or curtain rods. One important trick here is to keep all your lightings, whether recessed can lights,pendants,or chandeliers,no more than 6 to 7 feet from each other.

The foyer and dining room light fixtures,like all fixtures in your home,should coordinate and not match.These two light fixtures are often the most important in a home because guests typically see both areas, then match the rest of the home to these two fixtures.

When pairing kitchen and dining lights,interior designers don’t use the exact same lighting fixture in both spaces, this will appear too homogeneous. Instead,design professionals do choose different lighting fixtures that complement each other.

Mixing and Matching metal hardware finish materials

Can you mix chrome and brushed nickel in a kitchen?

One can’t just go mixing any and all metal hardware finishes together. There are guidelines one should follow. 

DO pick two or three finishes and use them throughout the whole house. Choose one or two as your dominant finishes and then use a third as an accent. DON'T introduce new finishes in every room of the house. If you've mixed two or three finishes in one room, don't add any more to the rest of the house. You can mix brass and dark bronze,brass and chrome, or brass and nickel NEVER!! Mix nickel and chrome.

Can you mix gold and silver light fixtures?

Though fashion rules once dedicated that gold and silver could not be mixed, rules like this are now commonly broken,and home decor is no exception.When mixing gold and silver,you are mixing a warm color-gold -with a cool color-silver-and should mix and match the two different hues accordingly.

Can you mix brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze light fixtures?

If you are using brushed nickel hardware on one door,then use brushed nickel on all your doors..But it’s absolutely,perfectly fine to use brushed nickel door hardware and oil rubbed bronze lights.The two metals compliment each other quite nicely.


Can you mix polished chrome and satin nickel light fixtures?

Pick either shiny chrome or satin nickel the two are similar in color but actually have different undertones and won't create a cohesive space when used side-by-side. Be sure to use the dominant finish not just on the more prominent features, but on more elements throughout the space.

In conclusion don’t mix two metals in the same color family.Mixing two metals that are the same color but have different undertones/sheens.. for example, the combination of brushed nickel + chrome or the combination of shiny brass + brushed gold is usually going to look like you tried to match your metal but failed.