Eye-catching metallic decor can certainly add drama and that needed bit of sparkle to your favorite room. When we think about gold furnishing of the past we might envision ornate, embellished, formal pieces. However, today’s take on gold home decor is anything but fussy.
In part, the clean and simple lines of these furnishings is a reflection of today’s values–living a more relaxed lifestyle with a bit of understated elegance. I personally love the combination of gold and white. It’s an effortless, classic mix that can stand alone or be accented with a splash of color for a more modern look.
Unlike the warmth of gold, silver typically evokes a sensation of coolness with its sleek, reflective finish. Displaying gray undertones, silver accessories are commonly combined with aqua, teal, or pale green hues to provide the perfect accent.
But what about pairing silver with burnt orange, golden yellow, or chocolate brown ? Instant warmth! Texture and pattern can also help offset the coolness of silver.
Notice how the backdrop of this earthy, rustic brick wall contrasts with the reflective stainless counter tops and appliances to bring warmth and balance to the space.
And bronze isn’t just for kitchen faucets and bathroom light fixtures. Check out these chic home accessories that radiate a warm bronze finish.
Unlike brass with its lighter finish and bright sheen, bronze retains a darker finish with a more understated luster. To enhance its subtle reflective qualities, consider using bronze accents in rooms with ample natural light or placed near light fixtures to help illuminate the finish.
Mixing Metallics in Home Decor
At one time mixing metallics, whether in home decor or jewelry accents, was considered a design faux pas. Current trends show that blending metallic finishes brings a layered richness to any space. The key is balance. By intermingling just the right combination of each finish, the mix will feel cohesive without overpowering the space.
For a few more examples of rooms that feature just the right balance of these finishes, check out my MIXING METALLICS Pinterest board.