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Accessorize With Metallics

By: Melisa Russo
April 16, 2015
Decadent gold, demure bronze, lavish silver and refined nickel brings a warmth and regality that just can't be achieved by their matte counterparts. Design experts share tips on how to incorporate the metallic trend in your home.
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The Beauty in Bronze

Metallic accessories can completely change the look of a space. Julie Thigpen didn’t want to overdo it, so she decided to go with only a few metallic touches in different finishes. "Vintage gold and brass are making a comeback in home decor. The gold- leaf end table, brass metal ball and sunburst mirror tie the whole room together while adding a touch of glamour," she says.

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Stay Grounded

Pairing metallics with natural fibers creates a glamorous look without feeling overdone. The key, says designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors, is to incorporate organic elements with a variety of metallic finishes. For a client who wanted to dress up her dining room for a holiday party, Powell added lustrous gold chargers, timeless china dishes and heirloom silver to an otherwise neutral palette. Photo courtesy of Erika Powell

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Flashy Lights

Copper is one of the newest metallic trends. Camilla Molders installed decorative copper pendant lights in the dining room for an easy way to add interest to the space. Bold red chairs and a blue accent wall enhance the lights, bringing a polished yet dramatic look.

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Spray It On

Metallic spray paint is perfect for sprucing up an inexpensive wreath, which can hang year round in the kitchen or take center stage on the front door for a New Year's Eve celebration. In this case, the contrast of rich gold against a rustic brick backsplash brings a touch of whimsy and sparkle to an otherwise neutral space. For the most dramatic effect, "remember to only bring metallics into your home in small doses," says Powell. Photo courtesy of Erika Powell

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