Metallics are the hot new decorating trend. Beyond the color choices we've had for years, metallics provide more depth and sparkle to a room, for a fresh new look. Metallics come in a variety of colors – silver, gold, bronze and nickel, all adding a regal touch that can't be matched by paint. So are you ready to explore decorating with metallics?
There are many different ways to add metallics in your home. You can start with small accessories to see if you truly like them. Or you can add them to a kitchen or bathroom, where it's traditional to use tile for a backsplash, walls or wall accents. Depending on your use of metallics, you'll get just a few accents or they'll influence the mood of the entire room.
Note: All of the photos here (except for the chest of drawers) are from the 2014 New American Home, showcased at the 2014 Home Builder show in Las Vegas.
Decorating with Metallics -Accessories & Furniture
You might be adventuresome and quickly commit to changing a room to use lots of metallics. For those who aren't quite ready to jump in that deep, here are some accessories using metallics you might like.
Pillows and throws are a great way to try decorating with metallics. Here the pillows are a wonderful blend of geometrics, with the metallics contrasting nicely with with fabric. Just below is a shimmering throw that exudes excitement in the way it captures and reflects the sunlight. Notice how the metallics are surrounded by other textures which set the stage for metallics that pop and visually jump off the page.
Want to add metallics in a room where pillows or throws aren't practical? There are plenty of pieces of artwork to let you place metallics on your walls.
Want a little more metallic? Here's a coffee table upholstered in a metallic fabric that's absolutely striking. And notice how it's paired with more textures, and various natural colors. And just below is a gorgeous chest of drawers painted with a metallic paint, offering you another way to breathe life into a piece of furniture you're not sure what to do with.
Decorating with Metallics on Your Walls
Adding a tile backsplash in your kitchen isn't unusual, and that's the perfect place to add a bit more sparkle to your kitchen if you haven't already added one or more great focal points. What's fascinating is how backsplashes are going big. Here you can see that this kitchen is all about decorating with metallics. You've got one type of tile on the back, traditional backsplash wall. But on the side wall is another complimentary wall covering with a sheen like you expect with metallics.
Bathrooms are where decorating with metallics makes perfect sense. There's lots of humidity but tile doesn't care about this the way other artwork and wall treatments like wallpaper might run into problems. So we're seeing a lot more tile in bathrooms, and the metallics are gorgeous like the copper penny tile below. You'll also see lots of combinations of two and three different wall coverings – complimentary tiles, quartz (like that used for countertops) and tile, and yes … there are metallic wallpapers too.
One intriguing way to add metallics is with curtains or other window treatments. In the room below, there are lots of sliding glass doors so when you want to enjoy the views you can, but otherwise you can close the curtains for privacy or in this case, to block out the sunlight in Las Vegas.
Have you added any metallics in your home? We'd love to hear what your decorating challenges are and invite you to share your homeowner story here at Home Tips for Women.