Mad about Metallics

Metallics seem to be everywhere lately. (Which we love!) Fashionista’s are dripping in statement jewellery, sparkly sequined and embellished garments; and typically taking cue from fashion, these shiny hues are becoming more and more popular in interiors.

Gold, copper, brass, bronze, nickel, silver...
Gold, copper, brass, bronze, nickel, silver…

Metallics like stainless steel have stolen the show for a few years now, but the inclusion of the warmer tones like brass, gold and copper has made an appearance as well. Brass and Bronze were very popular back in the 70’s and very fashionable in interiors. (Carina’s parents used to display her dad’s old brass trumpet, combined with brass bell on a brass tray – OTT!!) They have made a major comeback and are most definitely the metals of the moment! There is a warmth that brass and bronze give an interior, whether it be a modern or traditional space. The golden hue of the metal provides a subtle, elegant gleam. It’s having a comeback because it also mixes well with other metals ….. think chrome mirror, copper lights, gold accessories. They work harmoniously together and make for a very striking space.

up the ante on the Glam Factor!
this image shows different metals working in the same space, creating a very layered and visual space with  definite WOW factor!

Every home needs some shimmering metallic thing in it for the simple reason that metallics enhance a room. Like Magpies we are drawn to shiny things, so when you put a beautiful gold mirror, or picture frame or vase in a room it lifts it immediately. Think of it like jewellery for your interior! You know how a ring or bracelet lifts an outfit…. well metallic’s do exactly the same for a room. Hello Glam-factor!!

eye catching!
eye catching!

Metallics definitely draw the eye so you really don’t need a lot of it to make a statement. Using these shades in small amounts and in key features can really create a fabulous space. Here are a few ideas on how to successfully bring metallic’s in your home:

Use on Your Walls

Although it’s not usually recommended to paint an entire wall in a metallic colour, you can use it on a neutral background that will really make the metal pop! there are so many gorgeous wallpapers out there with gold and silver patterns and prints, it’s a very elegant and timeless way of bringing the metallic trend into your home.gold patterned wallpaper

Metallic Fabrics

Metallic fabrics can be successfully used for a variety of pieces within a room, such as curtains, statement scatter cushions or even a duvet cover on your bed.  Golds look great if the room has charcoal or brown colour patterns, while silver works really well in rooms with white or cream colour patterns. Mixing up both gold and silver – along with a little copper – can create a spark of brightness and playfulness to a room. Another option is pairing metallics with natural fibres, this creates a glamorous look without feeling overdone.

mixed metallic scatter cushions
mixed metallic scatter cushions

Using Metallics on Furniture

Having a piece of furniture in a gold, silver or copper metal can create some vibrancy in a room. However, it’s important to remember the rule that less really is more, especially when it comes to the use of metallics. (Remember think ring or small bracelet!) Rather than having metal accents on all your pieces, choose one piece or portions of a piece of furniture, such as the legs of table to highlight in the metallic hue.

bronze painted chair
bronze painted chair

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

The easiest way to introduce metallics into your home is through accessorising. A vase here, mirror there! There are so many metallic light fittings available, whether pendant fittings or table lamps. That is a sure way to make a statement and bring that beautiful metallic glow and sparkle-sparkle into your home!

image courtesy of Pinterest
image courtesy of Pinterest

Here some more pics to inspire you…

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image courtesy of Pinterest
Sparkly sequins everywhere!
Sparkly sequins everywhere!
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image courtesy of Pinterest
The Sprouts bar, as designed by StylEAST
The Sprouts bar, as designed by StylEAST
gold accessories
gold accessories
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image courtesy of Pinterest
rose gold ring
rose gold ring
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image courtesy of Pinterest
eye catching!
eye catching!
metallic and natural combine
metallic and natural combine