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27 Feb 2017

A beginner's guide to using metallics in the home

It might be the beginning of a new season, but trust us - metallics are not going anywhere in 2017. They’re an easy way to add instant texture, glamour and interest to a home.

While you may worry that adding gold to your home may give it a heavy, old-fashioned look, there are lots of modern, metallic products in the market at the moment and gold, silver and copper are showing up in the most unexpected of places, from wire fruit baskets to drink trolleys.

A bit scared to try the trend? Here are some of our top tips for adding some shimmer to your space - without going over-the-top.


Start small

While an oversized gold mirror can be a glorious thing, kick things off with small, metallic accessories, like an antique silver tea set, a gold hanging planter, copper vase or a cushion, like this one from Rice Furniture. They’re easy to move around or change.

Experiment in the bathroom

It may be less intimidating to add some fabulous metallic accessories in your bathroom, plus the bright lighting will help them shine! 

Keep the palette neutral

Bold colours can look fabulous with metallics, but if you’re just starting out, work with a neutral palette and natural fibres for easy glamour. Copper works really well with dark colours and jewel tones while copper looks lovely combined with pastels and neutral colours. On the other hand, metallics really shine when back with a white-on-white palette.

Let there be light

Metallic lighting looks fabulous when it’s all lit up.  It looks like something straight from The Great Gatsby.


Decide on your finish

Depending on your style, you may like a different finish on your metallic items. Brightly polished, glossy metals will look more luxurious and glam, while a brushed or hammered finish will look more industrial and rustic. We love this side table from Freedom.

Mix and match

Want to take things up a notch? Don’t be afraid to mix silver, gold and copper together in the same space. Consider separating the items by height or spread them throughout a large room. For example, use a silver photo frame for some artwork on the wall, while placing a copper vase on your coffee table and rolling your gold drinks trolley nearby - they’d be in the same room, but not competing with each other.

 


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