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Mixing Metals is the Toilet Development You Must Attempt

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Washington designer Zoe Feldman is making lavatory design really feel straightforward and pure by doing the counterintuitive—mismatching. In her agency’s tasks, copper taps pair with flat-black lighting fixtures, and polished-nickel hinges sit beneath brass mirrors. Her metal-mixing creates an aesthetic that’s refined with out showing copied from a catalog.

“It’s much less anticipated,” says Feldman of the strategy, impressed by the mixed-metal jewellery she steadily wears. “It turns into so one-note when the whole lot’s black, the whole lot’s nickel, so it permits issues to look a bit bit extra collected.”

Feldman’s bogs are half of a bigger pattern towards extra natural, much less outlined areas, she says. Folks not need to order the whole lot from the identical firm and name it a day, as an alternative choosing rooms that look put collectively over time.

Whereas purchasers might have a little bit of convincing, Feldman says this fashion is definitely fairly straightforward to grasp: “It’s all about creating the stability. There’s a rhythm to pulling it off.”

A few of her beneficial hacks: Divide the lavatory into planes and use one steel for the decrease half of the room’s fixtures and one other for the highest. Different choices are to make use of one steel for the entire room aside from a single assertion piece, corresponding to a mirror, or to discover a mixed-metal mild fixture and incorporate its two supplies elsewhere all through the house.

Additionally necessary: Know which metals can work collectively. Feldman avoids combining ones which can be too comparable in coloration, lest the mismatch look unintentional: “You need to be certain there’s sufficient distinction that they complement each other.” She suggests combos corresponding to flat black and brass or chrome steel and oil-rubbed bronze.


This consumer wished to in-corporate poetry into her powder room, Feldman says, so all the house is finished in chalkboard paint. Not solely is it a simple manner so as to add inspirational phrases for visitors, however it additionally pairs with the black discovered within the basket-weave marble. Polished-nickel sink {hardware} mixes with the brass mirror and pendant mild, creating an eclectic, moody house.


Feldman had the wood-en vainness custom-made and paired it with black {hardware} to choose up the ceramic hexagonal ground tile. The brass-and-black lighting is an easy method to ease right into a multi-metal room, she says, and pairs with the brass {hardware} and bathe body.


Feldman’s consumer noticed the brass wall sconces and fell in love, so the designer knew she’d have to choose one other steel to enrich them. Polished nickel does simply that, showing on the washstand’s glass legs and on the bathe fixtures. The brass is picked up once more within the mirror, toilet-paper holder, and portray body.


The homeowners of this lavatory wished plenty of copper, plus a black door. Fortunately, black and copper make for a chic mixture, says Feldman. Copper is discovered within the bathe, in equipment on the floating wooden shelving, and on the marble-and-wood double vainness, whereas flat black steel exhibits up on the mirror, lighting, and bathe.

This text appeared within the May 2018 situation of Washingtonian.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian

Affiliate Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She beforehand was the editorial assistant at Walter Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her work has appeared in Exterior Journal, Washington Metropolis Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Initially from North Carolina, she now lives in Adams Morgan.

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