Metallics are a very popular trend right now not only in fashion but also in home decor from furniture to wall coverings and accessories. It can create high contrasting visual dimension and texture to a space or add a soft touch to a room. Plus, metallics work well with many colors, tints, tones, and shades from cherry red all the way to charcoal. To break it down further, there are warm metallics and cool metallics. Warm metallics consists of gold, bronze, brass, and copper while cool metallics consists of silver, nickel, pewter, and chrome. You can read more about different types of metals here. So, how can you incorporate both warm and cool metallic items into your home decor on a small or large scale? Check out some ideas and suggestions below for how to incorporate metallic home decor in your space!
If you want to start on a smaller scale, try replacing your hardware by adding knobs or pulls in gold, copper, or silver. It’s simple and affordable. You can add gold pulls for your kitchen cabinets for example in a style that fits your home decor. Or, you can have bronze knobs for your bathroom vanity, silver pulls for your dresser, or brass pulls for your bookcase hutch. There are many styles to choose from such as modern, vintage, country, etc… and you can mix and match different metallics.
Artwork & Accessories
Artwork and accessories are another easy way to incorporate metallics on a smaller scale that won’t break your budget. It can also be a fun DIY project you can share with your family and friends. You can spray paint a small vase or small bowl you currently own in copper or gold. If you are feeling creative, you can create your own metallic artwork using stencils, or spray paint picture frames in silver or bronze. If you have an old screen divider, you can update it by adding a coat of metallic paint or painting a chevron design to the screen. Metallic throw pillows in various patterns or sheens are also another simple way to incorporate metallics in your home decor.
Light fixtures can be a focal point in your home, especially when they have a shine and shimmer to them! You can hang copper pendant lights over your kitchen island, display a gold sunburst ceiling fixture in your living room, or highlight a brass antique chandelier in your bedroom. Pull the metallic colors down from the light fixture by adding accessories in gold accents such as a rug, artwork, vases, and sculptures. If you have a grand chandelier in your dining room in a gold sheen, mix and match metallics by adding dining chairs in a silver frame.
Paint & Wallcovering
Ready to take a bigger risk and go on a larger scale with metallics? Metallic paint and wallcoverings are another way to create a focal point and make a major statement in your home decor. You can add textured metallic paint with a sponge technique to one wall to create an accent wall, or you can paint all your walls in a single room. You can even paint the ceiling in metallic paint if you want to create a dramatic and glamorous effect. If you want something a bit more subtle, metallic grasscloth wallpaper is a beautiful and elegant way to add some sheen to a space. Wallpaper comes in all kinds of patterns from floral to toile, geometric, tribal, tropical, and more as well as in various scales from small to large. You can add metallic wallpaper in your powder room, foyer, or bedroom in one shade or a mix of shades.
What better way to incorporate metallics into your home decor than through furnishings, small or large. If your living room or bedroom is in a neutral color such as white or grey, you can incorporate gold side tables, add a pair of gold garden stools to make up a coffee table in your living room, or paint your existing credenza or buffet in metallic paint with patterns. This will create texture and add a softer feminine touch to the space. If you want something more dramatic, paint the base of your dining table in gold or copper. With a glass top, your dining table will definitely stand out. If you have dark upholstered chairs, paint the arms and legs a shimmery silver or mix and match metallics by painting some in brass, copper, or silver.
Whether you want to start small with replacing your hardware with metallic hardware, or go on a larger scale by painting your walls in a metallic paint, go with what feels right to you. If you want to try something new, go for it! Metallics are popular right now, but it’s a trend just like fashion. Trends come and go. Sticking to your authentic self and preferences never goes out of style.