The metallics trend has well and truly entered the mainstream. If your home décor is leaving you a little uninspired, nothing adds a little excitement like a touch of metallics. But copper, silver and gold items can be pricey additions, especially if you aren’t sure whether the trend will work in your home and become a long-term feature. What’s more, this is a trend that is really easy to overdo.
If you’re keen to give metallics a try, these tips will help you dip your toe into the trend without going full-on King Midas.
While trendy metallic pieces are often expensive in interior design stores, a great way to get around this challenge is to make use of your crafting skills and a little creativity. A couple of tins of metallic spray-paint from your neighborhood hardware store won’t cost the earth, and you’ll have the freedom to play and design your own décor accents. For example, spray-paint a dried tree branch, and put it into a tall vase. This simple piece of design will cost you almost nothing but will make a big impact. Coming up with and executing your very own metallic accents offers plenty of possibility for discovery and fun, without having to take the metallic trend too seriously.
Reinvigorate Classic Pieces
Repurposing your well-loved furniture by incorporating a gold or silver finish is a great way to sample the metallic trend without creating additional waste. Give your favourite wooden coffee table a fresh look by sanding the wood and spritzing on a classy sheen of silver. Try fixing a pair of bronze knobs to an old desk or chest of drawers.
One of the most important things to remember about using metallics in your home is that less is more. While it may be a thrill at first to dot metallics all over the place, what will seem like sophistication at first can quickly spill over into something closer to tacky. When you’re still getting your head around the aesthetic effect of metallic decor, it makes sense to be selective. See how a few small metallic accents change the room and weigh up how your overall décor theme is affected.
You have loads of choice when it comes to introducing a daring touch of metallics without going overboard. Play around with smaller pieces like mirrors, trays or vases. Print and frame a couple of photos or images you love. This time, select a gold frame this time, rather than going with your standard neutral frame, and see what a difference this subtle change makes to the look of the room. Textiles, such as throw cushions and tie-backs for your living room can also be easily replaced with metallic-weave or embroidered options. These small changes may seem insignificant when you conceive of them individually. However, seeing them in combination, you may be glad that you didn’t also invest in that gorgeous gold sofa you saw!
Whether you’re renovating your living room or simply refreshing your entire look, these tips will help you try out the metallic trend without having to commit to the trend entirely.