We’re all drawn to shiny, shimmery things, which is why metallic decor can be so appealing. It adds a touch of glamour and sophistication to a space, but can also be edgy and unexpected. There really is much more to metallic interiors than we realise, and from wallpaper to work tops, from furniture to floors, the options available are many and varied, as these examples testify.
Gold is undoubtedly the most opulent of all the metallic colours, and perhaps the easiest to overdo. It is a good choice for those wanting to create a sense of luxury in their home, but should be restricted to the odd flourish lest you find your home looking like the Palace of Versailles! Keep things subtle and understated and the gold tones will do the rest.
When looking to add metallic elements to your home, your walls are often a good place to start. As already mentioned, it’s easy to go a tad overboard with gold, so if you elect for gold walls, something like this marble effect wallpaper is the perfect choice – the design is distinct, but not overpowering.
Subtlety is key to successfully introducing gold accents into a space, and these gold-coloured side tables hit the perfect note. The room is playful and unstuffy, proving that gold doesn’t have to be formal.
A piece of furniture with some gold detail added can become a real focal point for a room. The table above has been dipped in gold metallic paint, giving what is otherwise an unremarkable item of furniture more of a dramatic edge.
For those of you who find gold a bit too flashy, silver is the perfect alternative. A more muted metallic hue, it is adaptable to a greater variety of interior design styles – from traditional to contemporary – but still evokes a sense of class and sophistication.
Silver looks great in all rooms of a home, but is particularly well suited to utilitarian spaces such as the kitchen and bathroom. The silver bathtub and mirror in the picture above are enough to turn a plain room into something truly exquisite.
Moving to the kitchen, in this example the silver tiles are the defining feature of the space, and are allowed to dominate thanks to the otherwise neutral colour palette. There is a real vibrancy here, something not often seen in kitchens.
If gold glitters, then silver shimmers, and what better way to liven up a room than by introducing a silvery, shimmering piece of furniture to it – the iridescent quality of such items is sure to captivate.
Now, unless you’re Tamara Ecclestone, it’s unlikely your bathtub or furniture are actually made from real silver or gold. This is not the case with copper, though, which has become a much sought after material in interior design – particularly copper plated finishes – and would make a chic addition to any home.
No one colour or theme should be allowed to overwhelm a space, and this also goes for metallic decor. The copper items in this room are unobtrusive, and actually manage to blend into the overall scene.
Carefully placed copper accessories are just as effective at producing the desired look as larger and more permanent decor, and require little or no decorating effort. These copper planters look lovely, and can be turned to other uses.
The design trend for metallics is showing no sign of slowing down, and copper furniture in particular is proving rather popular. From bathtubs to chairs, copper items offer a sense originality often lacking in other types of home decor.