3 glamorous ways to make your interiors sparkle
Working with metallic décor elements when you’re working on an interior design project can be tricky, but this post lays out the solid guidelines you need to find your way.
In this post we’ll be looking at how bringing colour palettes, lighting, and decorative elements together when working with metallics can easily give your space an understated luxury.
The ultimate guide to using metallic accents in interiors
Far from being tacky, the use of metallic accents and metal decorative elements in a room can add sheen and depth to a space all while tying your interior design decisions together. There are so many ways to work with metal accessories.
These are our three tried-and-true favourites:
- Focus on colour and kinds of metallics: How to work with colours and metals in interior décor
- Mix and match metals: Combining metallic accents to make a stylish statement
- Ground metallic accent pieces in soft textures: Bring out the room’s inner shine with soft upholstery textures
Way 1: Focus on colour and kinds of metallics
How to work with colours and metals in interior décor
Start by weighing up the metallic tones that best align with your aesthetic vision. Whether you prefer classic options like gold, brass, and silver, or want to embrace the latest fashion trends with rose gold or copper, the choice is yours.
Once you've chosen your metallic tones, it's time to explore a broad spectrum of colours. When it comes to pairing colour palettes and metallic accents, your options are endless. You can choose anything from a monochromatic look or go for something more jewel-toned like burgundy.
Don't be afraid to play with different colours and textures to find the perfect combination.
Way 2: Mix and match metals
Combining metallic accents to make a stylish statement
Mixing metals gives your interior more depth and interest. When mixing, space the metallic items around the room and pick up either another colour or the same kind of metal. This will help balance out the room.
“I like using metallics for special wow-worthy pieces. Think a large metallic-framed mirror in a foyer or dining room, a glossy brass dining table, or even an intricate light fixture,” says HomeGoods Style Expert Beth Diana Smith in The Spruce. “On a smaller scale, you can play with metallics through decorative accessories like vases, trays, and objects. Try mixing pieces like a glossy black vase with a matte brass vase on a tabletop for a chic, clean, and modern look that still feels textural.”
A shimmering hint of brass, copper or even high-octane gold is easily introduced to a room through floor- and table lamps in fitting styles, or through pendant lighting. You can play with metallics through decorative accessories like vases, trays, and other decorative objects.
Way 3: Ground metallic accent pieces in soft textures
Bring out the room’s inner shine with soft upholstery textures
Speaking of soft armchairs, while metallic accents can bring a room together, another important element in providing the texture to any interior design scheme, is, well, texture. A burnished, metallic-lacquered end table, paired with a gorgeously soft armchair, for example, …what’s not to love?
Thoughtful use of texture is key to creating a picture-perfect, luxurious space that is nevertheless actually comfortable for its human inhabitants (and their pets!).
The trick to using metallic pieces and mirrors in a single space is to mix them with different, softer textures for balance and harmony. Mix in gorgeously soft fabric textures like velvet, chenille, or even bouclé, to let the metallic accents contrast and stand out on their own.
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Working with contrasting finishes, complementary colours and softer upholstery fabrics containing characteristics such as wool, chenille or velvet allows the metallic elements or mirrors in a room to, dare we say it, shine.
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