Decorating with metallic accents has been a trend that is constantly on the rise, but when it comes to execution, there is a fine line between chic and Sci-Fi (look at them, metallic wall surfaces). However, if done correctly, metal accents can increase your space.
“Metallics has been around for a few years now and there are no signs that it will disappear in the foreseeable future!”says Amy Youngblood, owner and chief designer of Amy Youngblood Interiors. “From wallpaper, fabrics, lighting and accessories, metals are a great way to incorporate a little Glamour and sophistication into your space.”
Use metals to add warmth, fun and intrigue
As HomeGoods style expert Beth Diana Smith says, “a metal can be anything that has the sheen or shine of a polished metal. This is a fairly flexible finish that can be used to add a little visual fun or intrigue to any room or style.”
“I like to use Metallics for exceptional pieces. Think of a large mirror with a metal frame in a foyer or dining room, a shiny brass dining table or even an intricate light fixture,” says Smith. “On a smaller scale, you can play with Metallics through Decorative Accessories such as vases, trays and objects. Try mixing pieces like a glossy black Vase with a matte brass vase on a tabletop to achieve a chic, clean, modern look that still feels structural.”
If you use the right metal accents, Jennifer Hunter of Jennifer Hunter Design notes that it can enhance the warmth of a room. “We like to incorporate metals into our designs because it adds that extra layer of warmth,” she says. “One of our favorite applications is by mercury glass accessories. We love the nature of mercury glass, as it adds a subtle flare, but has a very vintage feel.”
Don’t be Afraid to mix and match
Decor designer Katy Bryne is on Board to mix and match metals. “The biggest thing I would like to know for my clients is that mixed metals are really fashionable! I always have concerns when I talk about it,” she says. “There is no need to do everything together – this is actually a big design flaw. The mix of metals adds more depth and interest to your interior. Relax, girls! Not everything has to be brushed chrome!”
Youngblood fully agrees. “I’m often asked if it’s okay to mix metals, because there are so many of them,” she says. “My answer is yes! Ideally, when mixing, place the metal objects in the room and take [either] a different color or [the] same metal. This will help to balance the space.”
The key to choosing which metals to mix, Youngblood says, is to make sure the difference is obvious. “When choosing plumbing and lighting fixtures for bathrooms or kitchens, do not choose surfaces that are so close to each other that they do not match,” she explains. “For example, if your faucets are made of brushed Nickel, mix them with a dark or blackened finish, not with a polished Nickel.”
Andi Morse, founder of Morse Design, also agrees, but only if it is stylized correctly. “My general rule of thumb is to keep the same metal surface at every eye level in the room,” she says. “It helps to give the room a tight look and prevents a feeling of hodgepodge.”
Metallics balance in the bathroom
Caron Woolsey, founder of CW Interiors, notes that the bathroom is the only room where the mixing and adjustment of metal surfaces should be approached with caution.
“The key to decorating with metallic finishes in a bathroom is Balance and understanding the nuances of each finish,” she says. “As with makeup, it is important to combine the right tones with each other. Cools by cools and reheats with reheats. The coolers are chrome plated, Brushed nickel and neutral black. The colors are brass, Bronze, polished Nickel and again the black “universal distributor”.”
“Note that brushed Nickel is very different from polished Nickel and they don’t belong together,” Woolsey adds. “And although chrome and polished Nickel are both shiny and seemingly silvery, polished Nickel has a warmer shade and should never be mixed with chrome.”