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Trend Watch: Metallic Décor


One of the biggest trends we’ve seen over the last few years is metallics in interiors.

From glitzy Art Deco to subtler Scandinavian influences, nearly anything goes when it comes to these finishes in design. Little wonder when metallics – especially those which are on the warmer spectrum like gold, copper or rose gold – can add a touch of easy glamour or rich warmth to your interiors.

Metallic Wallpaper

The beauty of metallic is that you can choose to use as little or as much as you like. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going “full-on Liberace”, even walls aren’t immune to this trend.

Consider one of the many metallic wallpapers on the scene to liven up your space and reflect light around your room. The Zara Shimmer Metallic Wallpaper in Soft Pink from I Love Wallpaper (#2) would be perfect as an accent wall in a bedroom or consider Graham & Brown’s Rose Gold Reflections wallpaper (#6) for a bold and trendy living space.

Of course, you can consider something more traditional as well with plenty of demasks and art deco designs alongside softer metallics and Asian influences that are on offer now which give rooms plenty of reasons to jump on the trend.

Metallic Furniture

You could also choose to kit out your home with metallic furniture. Consider a soft brushed gold shelving unit like the Terrace Tower Bookshelf from West Elm (#8) for the perfect finishing touch to your living room. For the home office, there’s no need to settle for chrome when stunning seating like this black and gold office chair from Cult Furniture (#9) provides so much style. Even at a vanity in your bedroom, this simple black velvet and gold stool from Out There Interiors (#4) adds glamour.

Metallic Lighting

If covering your walls in metallics feels a step too far, consider updating your lighting instead. From table lamps to ceiling lights, wall pendants and floor lamps, there’s little shortage when it comes to metallic designs.

The Modern Gold Chandelier from Oh What’s This (#12) combines a sleek design which takes its cues from the mid-century and would create a head-turning focal point above a dining room table. Consider the Gatsby Gold Oversized Table lamp from Graham & Brown (#7) on a wood sideboard for the perfect contrast.

Smaller Metallic Accessories

For smaller accessories, consider things like cushions with metallic threads that run through the fabric. The Metallic Striations Cushion Cover from West Elm (#1) would be the perfect finish for a soft velvet sofa, adding texture as well as warmth wherever you choose to put it. A brushed brass planter like this one from Audenza (#10) would suit those looking for a more understated metallic finish or those who love mid-century design.

Consider adding whimsy to a room with a fun gold “Rock On!” hand ornament from Audenza (#3) or a little sheen to your next dinner party with some matt gold cutlery from Made (#11). We also love to see metallics combined with other finishes like these stunning pastel lustre vases with gold bottoms from Audenza (#13).

And finally, don’t be afraid to mix and match your metallic finishes. You can add luxe contrast with a set of stunning hammered copper plant pots from Audenza (#5) alongside polished gold accessories. Consider combining your existing cooler metallics in silver or chrome with a touch of warm metallics in brass, gold, copper or rose gold for an eclectic look.

Which metallic finish will you be using in your home interiors? Let us know in the comments!

Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.