45 Medal-Worthy Ways to Decorate With Gold, Silver and Bronze
We are in the Summer Games spirit — check out our favorite ways to decorate with these coveted metallics.
Sure, the majority of us don't have sports medals to display in our homes. That doesn't mean we can't show our love for the Summer Games by decorating with gold, silver and bronze accents, right? Check out our favorite ways to decorate in these timeless metals. Luckily, mixed metals are super-hot right now, so pick your favorite or go for a triple win with a more collected look.
Simone Biles and Michael Phelps would definitely approve of these designs.
Melanie Johnson Photography
Small Bedroom Feels Bright and Glamorous
Glamorous gold polka dots draw the eye upward in this odd-shaped bedroom, helping to elevate the appearance of the ceiling. White walls, white furniture and a window make the small but stylish space feel brighter and larger.
Kristi Will, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Contemporary Living Room With Accents of Glamour
Abstract art makes a bold statement on the living room walls. A comfy neutral sectional is accented with a faux bois pillow and trellis-patterned pillow, while a gold floor lamp adds metallic glamour to the space.
Stylish, Black and Gold Dresser
This painted black and dresser serves as extra storage space for the family room. A white lamp, ram sculpture and spiky gold ball complete the chic, modernized design.
Velvet Walls Evoke Texture, Color of the Sea in Windowless Hallway
A windowless hallway need not be overlooked when it comes to good design. Cynthia Spence sought to bring in the textures of the ocean with Holly Hunt cotton velvet wallcoverings and a faux bois textured tin ceiling in the main floor vestibule at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. An Art Deco architectural grill conceals an electrical panel.
Jason Kisner; Design by Cynthia Spence
Colorful Dining Room With Sputnik Chandelier
Bursts of color in the artwork and small vases centering the table bring a fun and lively feel to this dining room. Succulents fill the small vases, and a fabulous sputnik chandelier suspends above the table.
Gold End Table and White Textured Lamp Add Glamour to Midcentury Modern Living Room
The end table in this Midcentury Modern Living Room is an accent piece that has a gold finish on it that gives the living room a touch of glam. Atop this end table, is a live plant and a white sculpted lamp with a tan satin lamp shade that adds an extra element to this accent piece.
Stylish Eat-In Kitchen With Island Seating
Eat breakfast in style. This stunning kitchen features a spacious kitchen island that serves as a place to prep as well as dine. Four barstools provide additional seating when the breakfast table is full. A trio of hexagon-shaped pendant lights dangle above, adding extra style and elegance to the space.
Detail of Tufted Sofa With Colorful Pillows
A comfy place to relax, this gray, tufted sofa in the family room features an array of pillows in different patterns and textures. A hexagonal end table in gold finishes the details of the chic space.
Handpainted Portuguese-Inspired Tiles Set in Random Pattern
Tile hand painted by Linda Horning and Katherine Jacobus and set at random creates a look that is truly custom. The blue and white designs are modeled after Portuguese tile and offer a sharp contrast to the modern look of the credenza.
Collection of Bronze Decor on Living Room Coffee Table
If you've got a collection of objects that don't fit on your bookshelves, consider displaying them front and center on your coffee table. Here, an assortment of brass objects adds luster and graphic shape to the seating area while also allowing the homeowner to showcase one-of-a-kind finds.
Rustic White Photography, LLC
Lacquered Cabinetry, Graphic Wallpaper Transforms Once Closet Into Inviting Wine Bar
Once a storage closet, the loft bar at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is now fit to provide homeowners or their guests an easy spot to mix a cocktail. Designer Linda Sullivan shows how good design can happen in unexpected places by paring a blue, lacquered cabinetry with Timorous Beasties' Colonnade Blotch wallpaper and brass hardware.
These designs are anything but second best.
Purple Dresser With Silver Hardware and Modern Lamp
A bright purple dresser with silver hardware is accented with geometric-patterned wallpaper. A silver metal lamp on the dresser adds shine and texture and echoes the silver hardware.
Vintage Gray Bathroom With Marble And Silver Sink
A simple gray theme is complemented by an elegant marble and exposed silver sink bowl in this vintage bathroom. Tufted lampshades and striped gray wallpaper add to the glamorous, old-Hollywood look.
Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick, 2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips
Gray Transitional Bedroom With White Sofa
Keep a bedroom feeling restful but still stylish by opting for a metallic color scheme. Here, gold accents luxe up the silvery gray walls and rug. White furniture and window dressings are the crisp final touch.
Eclectic Patio with Yellow Chairs, Multi-Colored Fabric Pouf Ottoman and Silver Garden Stool
Floor poufs are a low-price way to add seating without investing in larger pieces of furniture, such as a sofa or chaise, say Gabriela Eisenhart and Holly Conlan with Wake + Loom Design. While you can find outdoor poufs for less than $50, you also can make your own fabric pouf ottoman in a pattern and palette that you prefer. Also, a garden stool is a versatile item that can serve as extra seating or a side table.
Wake + Loom Design
Modern White Kitchen with Silver Subway Tile Backsplash
This sleek, ultra-modern white kitchen prep area keeps things simple with lots of storage. Stainless steel fixtures, frosted glass and a metallic silver subway tile backsplash give this space a futuristic vibe.
AVID Associates LLC
Glam Teen Girl's Bedroom With Purple Patterns and Silver Accents
A variety of bold, purple patterns bring this teen girl's bedroom to life without feeling immature. Mirrored nightstands and metallic floor poufs add extra glam factor.
Ornate Headboard Serves as Bedroom Focal Point
An intricately detailed metallic headboard takes center stage in this creamy white bedroom. Chic patterned pillows add updated style and color to the classic space.
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Decorating with this metal is a win in big or small accents.
Phillip Ennis (Design by Sawyer | Berson)
Metallic Lamp Pops in Black and White Dining Room
A sleek brass lamp tops the wood buffet in this eclectic dining room. Its black lampshade coordinates with the room's stylish, geode-inspired wallpaper.
Library Features Gold Ceiling & Blood Orange Chairs
The metallic ceiling in this magnificent home library was inspired by a Parisian hotel where the family once vacationed. The ceiling subtly adds bold texture to the space — it's eye-catching but just out of sightline, so it doesn't overwhelm the design. Blood orange chairs and artwork bring vibrant color to the room.
Dining Room Features Black-and-White Canvas Mural by Street Artist
With an interest in street art, designer Cecilie Starin turned to surfer and muralist Ian Ross, whose designs are inspired by kelp, for the eye-catching wallcovering in "Street Soiree," the dining room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Ross spray painted 17 yards of canvas for the wallcovering, which is complemented by black lacquered paint and a black-and-white striped ceiling.
Contemporary Kitchen Boasts Stunning Copper Range Hood
A gorgeous copper tile range hood stands out against sleek black cabinets in this contemporary kitchen. The kitchen's green stone backsplash adds movement and interest to the space.
Contemporary Bedroom With Metallic Wallpaper and Velvet Tufted Headboard
A dramatic headboard draws in the eye and ensures your bed takes center stage. This cheery, contemporary bedroom features a tufted velvet headboard, white matelasse pillows and a graphic, copper and robin's egg blue wallpaper.
Game Room with Bronze Lampshade Chandeliers
Above a black felt pool table in this game room hangs two bronze lampshade chandeliers. Large windows in the room are partially covered by sage green drapes and screens. A round table with chairs and a bar area provides seating.
Guest Bedroom With Neutral and Gold Pillows and a Bronze Lamp
Bold, modern stripes and a vintage portrait infuse this guest bedroom with energy and subtle color. A custom queen-sized bed dressed as a daybed means this guest room can double as a workspace when needed.