Shimmery fabrics, colors and finishes are “red-hot” again. They can dress up and add a touch of glamour to any room (bear in mind that metallic colors should be used sparingly, especially with earthy colors and/or natural textures; you don’t want a room that’s too “shiny”).
And metallic décor can take many forms; leaves and tree branches can be spray-painted with gold, brass, copper or bronze (for beautiful centerpieces), accent pillows can have metallic hints in within their designs (or patterns) or walls, kitchenware, lamps and vases can be totally metallic or also have metallic accents (it also gives them a “fancy” look).
Here’s a few ideas:
Mixing woven textures with a metallic finish will give the furniture a modern touch and convey a relaxed atmosphere.
Chrome and nickel are known as “cool metals” and are best suited for the kitchen and bathroom.
Metallics should take up no more than 5% (percent) of a room’s décor (you don’t want that “super shiny” effect, where you practically have to wear sunglasses to enter the room!).
Looking for a few metallic accents (like lamps, plates, pillows, accent tables, vases, etc.)? Here are several websites to try: www.shophorne.com, www.fawbushschulz.com, www.upintheairsomewhere.com, www.crateandbarrel.com, www.westelm.com, www.bloomingdales.com and www.target.com.
Source: “Golden Age” by Amy Panos-Nov. 2012 Better Homes and Gardens
For a dramatic and somewhat formal effect, put a black-and-white diamond backsplash behind a stainless-steel stove.
From the “Home Know How” segment-Nov. 2012 Better Homes and Gardens-Did you know that you can install your own backsplash with a kit? It includes: Tools, premixed grout and 12” x 12”-inch tile sheets with self-adhesive backing. There are eight tile combinations, prices ranging from $149-$299 for 15 square feet. Check out www.diybacksplashkit.com for more info.
For another easy way to install backsplash tile, there’s Bondera’s tile adhesive on a roll. The cost is $33-$48 per 10-square-foot roll. To find out more, go to www.bonderatilematset.com.
A rail of hooks above a bed makes a great place to hang artwork.
An old metal dresser can be spruced with a rust remover and paint into a practical and nice looking piece.
An easy, elegant and accessible way to store silverware is to put it sorted by type in vintage silver cups arranged on a silver platter.
Silver and cut crystal are timeless accessories and, in the bathroom, can be displayed in groupings, either empty or filled with toiletries such as swabs and cotton balls.
Crystal, silver, votive candles, a crispy white tablecloth and blue transfer ware combine for a traditional table setting.
Silver-plated pieces once used in hotels are collectors’ items when they have the hotel’s name engraved on them; even if they don’t, silver pieces always look good displayed together.
If there’s room (and if affordable), a large pine table can be paired with a practical stainless steel top.
In a kitchen, a simple metal bakery rack is the perfect place to display a colorful eclectic collection of kitchenware piled high.