The secret to mixing materials

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While it’s always a good thing to be up to date with the latest design trends, it’s another thing altogether to be a slave to them. The key to creating a home that reflects your personality and feels liveable is to avoid anything too ‘matchy-matchy’ and explore the amazingly fresh effect mixing materials, colours and textures can have in your home.

More and more we are seeing interior designs that use a mix of contrasting trends. Whether it’s a subtle or striking contrast, this concept delivers a delightfully unexpected look and provides depth and dimension to a space.

Don’t be afraid to mix materials
You like the boldness of metal. But you also love the softness of timber. The good news is that there is no rule that says you have to choose one or the other. Mixing materials actually helps tie together an overall look and it also injects a warm, cosy feeling into a stark modern room. This blending of styles and eras is something many interior designers adopt to make a room feel inviting and cohesive rather than cold and over styled.


Consider contrasting finishes
Even if you opt for a single finish such as brass, timber or chrome, you can still achieve a mixed look by styling the light with soft textures and tactile furnishings. This avoids giving a room a flat ‘showroom’ style and evokes a warm, liveable feeling.

Mix your textures
This is a big trend in lighting and can be something as simple as a classic white shade teamed with a warm timber base or a chrome base complemented by a glass shade to give an elegant, timeless appearance.


For easy DIY mix and matching, get creative and customise your own designer style with our Manor and Chrysler ranges. Match metal and glass shades or go bold with exposed globes and decorative cages.

As any interior designer will tell you, lighting is one of the most important design elements to consider in any room but it often gets over looked. Mixing materials and finishes adds another layer of sophistication and visual interest to your home for the look you’ve always wanted.

Ready to start mixing? Shop our inspiring range of lights and fans in-store or online.

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