So most of us have heard about layering textures or even patters and color, but mixing metals in one space raises questions. Mixing metals are a great way to add visual interest and change the mood of a room. For example, gold can sometimes read a bit feminine or formal; but mixing with matte black can give a cool modern vibe with the gold actually adding warmth. In my kitchen, everything was chrome. I decided I wanted to inject some gold. So I started small with just changing out the hardware. Eventually then the pendant light fixtures and then the hood vent.