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Decorating with metal materials and metal-finished items is an emerging trends that has gained even more popular in 2016. At one time, mixing metal decor was considered a no-no by the world of interior design, but all that has changed. Metal finishes in gold, silver, bronze, and iron can add character and bring a sense of visual dimension and depth to space. The key is to choose metal decorations that can coexist with each other in harmony. Here are a few ideas and tips on how you can decorate and mix-up metals to create a visually stunning space.
Consider the Palette of your Room
The first step is to review the palette of your decor. As a general rule, warm metals, such as gold, brass, and copper, work well with warmer hues, such as reds, browns, and yellow. Chrome and silver work better with cooler hues, such as blues and black. However, there are no hard and fast rules. Here, the addition of a gold mirror adds a touch of warmth while still complementing the cooler decor.
Decide on a Dominant Metal
Based on your palette, choose a metal finish that will be most dominant in your space and then choose one or two complimentary metals as accents. As seen above, the burnished bronze tables and lamps give an overall sense of unity, while the gold bureau and vase draw your eyes throughout the room.
Lighting fixtures are an easy way to mix metallic decor into a room. Whether it be a traditional gold chandelier in the dining room or modern sculptured floor and table lamps, don’t be afraid to mix and match the finish of lighting fixtures and associated decor together for maximum impact. Here, a stunning occasional upholstered and chrome chair is complemented by an elegant table of the same metal, offset by dark bronze lighting fixtures.
Combining Textures and Patterns
Decorating with metallics offers the opportunity to get adventurous in mixing patterns and textures. Placing one or two occasional pieces that combine decorative or textured metallic can provide a unique statement of style. This bedroom features a whimsical acrylic and chrome table and chair offering a sense of airiness between the strategically positioned nightstand and bureau. Remember not to overdo it. One stunning textured metallic piece can be strong enough on its own to command a room.
Mirrors are probably one of the most common metallic accessories available in an array of finishes, from brilliant gold, bronze, to shimmering silver. Not only do they offer function, but they add a focal point of interest to any room. This fabulous, open-concept kitchen utilizes the warmth of natural textures combined with a touch modern geometric metals. The large, oversized mirror detailed in intricate bronze magnifies the mixed metallic theme.
Metallic finishes go beyond furniture. Compliment your style with metallic touches of textiles, throw cushions, muted rugs and artwork. Exotic metallic accessories in vintage gold and brass are hot decorating items that can add elegance and drama to your space.
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