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Decorating with the Metallic Rainbow

04.23.2012 | all-posts, Tuesday's Trends

Everything that glistens isn’t always gold … or silver or bronze. We’ve already covered how hot metallics are in design right now, but one of our favorite aspects with this trend is that the sheen is being seen in a variety of hues. Not sure where to start? Check out my seven tips for decorating with the peacock-esque colors:

  1. You can create a similar metallic effect by layering various shades of one color on top of each other. The tile by Mosaico seen here is simply thousands of squares along the same color spectrum but combined together, they give off a pixelated, luminous effect.

 

2.  Metallics create a reflective surface and if they’re colored, it makes it that much more of a statement. Keep your condo from being clubby by pairing with neutral linens and contrasting textures like wood or brick.

3.  Keep colorful metallics away from pastels, as the metallics’ intense tone can make the pastels appear dull.

4.  Keep your metallics near a light source or window to add instant sparkle to a room.

 

5.  While I strongly encourage mixing neutral metallics, mixing colored ones can create a sense of circus-like chaos on large surfaces. For furniture, walls and other statement pieces, stay in the color family, mixing it up with various shades of that hue. This jewel tone design features many colorful metallic accessories but they’re all anchored with the neutral couch and wall.

6.  While metallics easily fit with an exotic or glamour design, don’t be afraid to include it in your everyday design. You don’t have to go Moroccan to enjoy metallics!

7.  Do go big! A metallic-colored wall can make a large room feel much more intimate or a small room look like a regal enclave.

 

Products:

Regent Metallics Paint by Ralph Lauren Home
Daliya Capiz Pendant, Eau De Nil by Laura Ashley
Andora Pillow by Z Gallerie
Velvet Pillow by Pier1 Imports
Pandora Trevira fabrics by Lorca for Osborne & Little
French Hot Pink Commode by French Boutique
Bernadini Damson Area Rug by Designers Guild

Photo: Mosaico, liladelman.com, outblush.com