7 style tricks using modern metallics

Metallics are a great way to add glamour to any space - we show seven ways how.

Whether you’ve just redecorated and it’s lacking that ‘wow’ factor or you’re looking to glam up an old scheme, using metallics is a sure fire way to achieve either. From small accessories to larger furniture pieces, we’ve rounded up the best ways to make your spaces shine brightly no matter how boldly or subtly you’d like to go.

1. Go for a bold statement piece

If you’re feeling brave, investing in a larger piece like a copper bath tub can create a whole new look for your bathroom. It’s best to keep this as your only metallic piece, however, so as not to overwhelm – you need to be able to settle into the bubbles and relax after all.

2. Mix with Colour & Pattern

For ultimate glamour, using bold colour and pattern with your metallics as a glamorous accent is the way to go. We love this fab Baroque scheme, it’s sure to wow your guests.

3. Combine with contrasting textures

If you want to add a little luxe to a rough industrial scheme, metallic lighting can break it up nicely. A copper pendant will reflect light well with a warm tinge, perfect for a family dining space.

4. Create definition

Pick your metallic, pick your colour, and be decisive for a showstopping result. Create a rich scheme using a colour of your choice with a complimenting metallic shade like this deep rose with gold. If you want to use copper, teal is always a great partner and silvers tend to work well with monochrome schemes and pops of emerald greens.

5. Remember, less can be more

Some of us like to play it safe and that’s fine, there’s something really beautiful and elegant about using small pops of alternative metallics against neutral schemes. If you’re a fan of paired back greys and whites, why not opt for something like this industrial copper tap to add a little flair to a functional space.

6. Use Contrasting Materials

Using naturally distressed wood is a great way to create a rustic scheme. Add a touch of glamour with brushed copper accents – whether it be a side board like this one, or smaller accessories – and invest in some gorgeous house plants to give it a glamourous jungle feel.

7. Play with expectations

You don’t have to confine metallics to a specific type of room, sometimes our sleeping or study spaces can get overlooked as we want to keep them clear and peaceful. A great way to inject metallics into a study is to keep everything super simple so you can add an impactful piece like this gold desk on an all white scheme. It’s the perfect balance to add an element of fun without being too distracting.

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