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Mix These: Metal + Wood

A layered space is a well considered one and if there’s anything that makes for great design in a beautifully furnished room it’s layers of color and texture in cool and warm medleys. The combination of metal sheens and warm woods is an effortless way to introduce an organic meets modern vibe to any space in your home. There are several ways to go about it; here are several examples of the successful combinations of cool metal finishes with the warmth of wood.  

When choosing furniture for a family room or gathering space, consider little details like the legs. Instead of skirts, opt for chairs with exposed wood legs and pair them with coffee and end tables with metal bases. 

metal and wood together

There are other opportunities to introduce layers of warm wood to a space – think of accents such as lamp bases or woven shades. Bamboo blinds and a tall floor lamp contrast nicely with the chrome base on the marble top coffee table in this inviting sitting room.

wire chair marble table

Gold leaf and brass are warmer metals but still offer chic contrast when placed next to espresso stained legs or wood accent furniture.

warm gold table wood furniture legs


brass and wood

Don’t be afraid to mix metals, oil rubbed bronze is welcome in a room with brass accents just as polished nickel mixes well with black iron finishes.    

chrome and rustic

The combination of dark iron or oil rubbed bronze with rustic wood is a centuries old pairing. The look is fresh again in modern times since many seek eco-friendly reclaimed or weathered woods as accents in the home for ceilings, beams, cabinets, and shelving. 

metal barstools wood ceiling


metal table wood shelves

You can achieve the desirable textural medley of metal and wood together with one singular piece of furniture. Many retailers now offer coffee and end tables fabricated with iron legs and either salvage or new wood tops. Consider also wood dressers with iron hardware in the bedroom or metal leg barstools with wood seats in the kitchen.

metal and wood coffee table

  rustic wood and metal coffee table

Piece together your own with finds from a salvage yard, or visit a flea market or antique store where you may chance upon a second hand version. 

The combination of wood and metal lends a multilayered feel to a room. As an added bonus the medley is an easy way to introduce a masculine touch to a space that leans feminine with its furniture or fabric choices. Time to get busy mixing!


4 Responses to “ Mix These: Metal + Wood ”

  1. Good post. Metal and wood mix is getting hype nowadays. I’m in renovation business and I’ve been getting various suggestions from my clients of frames or wall hangings done with metal and wooden combinations.
    Recently, I’ve tried an Indie-designed wooden framed metal work for my client and it was a different experience for me, as well. The design idea was that of the client and I’ve never tried anything like that before. I took some metal fabrication assistance from Bayview Metals ON, and collaborated with that of the wooden work that I managed with my skills. The outcome was impressive. Got few more similar projects and thinking of new designs for them.

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