Metallic accents in decor have been a key feature for several years – so much so, that they could almost be considered a classic item. The shift to powerful and statement decor: industrial, hollywood regency and glam – saw the proliferation of metallic features in home styling.
Gold, silver, copper, bronze, rose gold, matt black, burnished bronze and brushed stainless steel have become common in a range of styled spaces. One of the great shifts is that metals need to be all the same – that is no longer the case, and in fact, the more realistic and sustainable approach of mixing metals has come to fore.
It is important, however, to recognise that there are cool-tone metals and warm-tone metals, and that to best suit your decor, you need to apply them appropriately.
Warm tones include gold, coppers and brass. Generally anything with a hint of yellow in its base.
Cool tones include silve, rose gold and often brushed stainless steel – anything with a hint of blue in its base.
Neutral tones include the matt black, burnished bronze and maybe a brushed steel.
It is important to note that metallics do not have to be made of metal. There are plenty of metallic finishes in paint, fabric and pottery that can fill your needs without having to add actual metal. If something takes your eye, consider adding it to your decor. If it pleases you, it will please your guests – or at least give you something to talk about!