Metallics are having a moment. They possess a luminous quality that creates visual interest and are a sophisticated way of enhancing any space – even a touch of shimmer will elevate your interiors, while more liberally applied metallics will add a hedonistic flavour to a room, without being over-the-top. Here are our top tips for using metallics in the home:
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Mix metallics with soft textures
Mix metallics with soft textures to create contrast and bring some drama to your space. Velvets and furs look particularly opulent as their rich textures bring out the ravishing radiance of metallic tones.
Go industrial for a modern twist
For a modern take on metallics, go industrial. With exposed retro pendant lights having a resurgence there is a huge variety to choose from with this trend. Try bronze or brass for a proper industrial feel.
Look for vintage
For a French-inspired country chic, look to vintage items. Search markets or old antique shops for beautiful metallic mirrors or trinkets. Often slightly worn, vintage metals are the epitome of old school luxury, bringing a little je ne sais quoi to your interior.
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Mix it up
The old adage that different metals can never been seen together is long gone, with many designers deliberately mixing metallics, even on individual pieces. Generally the rule is to stick to metals with similar shading as they can be easily paired together for a quirky take on the metallic trend.
By adding gilded accents you allude to the classy allure of metallics without going overboard, particularly useful when in a small space. Try a cushion with a metallic weave, a wallpaper with a slight shine or even small metallic accessories like trays or decorative objects.
Classic pieces never fail
A stunning silver mirror or gorgeous gold legged coffee table are always going to be crowd pleasers. When it comes to metallics, often the simpler the design, the better. Understated silhouettes are elegant and bring a refined sense of luxury to any room.
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