Embrace the spark side with the addition of bold and brilliant shine. From the simple light-reflective qualities of mirrors and sequins to the hints of glimmer from metallic surfaces (and even textiles), shimmer and shine is a bright idea. Start big – if you dare – and take a cue from this artwork that sits in a fairly traditional living room. What a way to bring the dark neutral scheme alive. The scale and position is thoughtful and wonderfully enveloped by the more sombre surroundings.
It’s amazing to think the effect the right wallpaper can have on a space. The area under the stairs in a large hallway comes alive thanks to a metallic-effect high shine wall treatment that bounces brightness back into the space. The light-reflective quality is transformative and the layering up with glass, brass and copper touches is a smart way to maximise and delight.
Mix old and new furniture and accessories seemlessly by unifying with colour, tone or – in this case – precious metallics. Gold really is the thread that holds this look together and transcends the time-travel of the various pieces pictured. From the retro-chic lattice dining table base to the distressed mirror frame to the space-age objéts, everything shines when it gets the Midas touch.
Metallics and shine are not only by-products of furnishing with a hard edge. Textiles embrace their inner glow in the form of silks and crushed velvets. When lit with intent, the right soft furnishing becomes a beacon, bidding passers-by to come hither and set a spell. Metallic-effect textiles are the perfect way to add strength and softness at the same time.
Here is proof positive that a little bit of luxe makes everything better. Even a cool neutral scheme – anchored beautifully by a statement chair in distressed natural tones – is playfully lifted by gold. The slightest hint of metallic, in the form of this wallpaper stripe, is all that is required to drop a background of absolute chic behind this modern set up.
Turn a kitchen dining area into a space age sanctuary where style is served up thanks to reflections on refined metallic elegance. White floors and white leather upholstery explode with slick brilliance. On top of the already statement-making mirrored wall, cabinetry has been gilded into submission with an optical silver effect straight out of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
Ensure your ‘me time’ is truly special by spending it surrounded by precious metals. Sanctuary style was never so indulgent as in the form of a gold bath and the accompanying bathroom fixtures and furniture are a testament to bathing in luxury. The white walls and cool concrete floor amplify the metallic magic of the design choices that take the room from everyday to exceptional.
It’s often only in the dark where a bright spark shines brightest. This powerhouse look comes from not only the stunning painterly jewel tile wall treatment, but the small gold mosaic border and how it butts against the striking black surroundings. Pure Mediterranean cool mixed with matt black chic turns an otherwise traditional hallway into a hothouse of a hello.
Slide back the door to a kitchen bar that instantly turns on the party vibe. The shimmer and shine of the hint-of-metallic bronze green square tiles is the perfect design secret in an otherwise neutral kitchen. Lighting is key, with the inset system here turning the vibrancy of the two-tone tiles on high. Clear glass and crystal is really the only way to go for bar accessories in a space like this.
When darker walls and fixtures are your preference, embrace your desire but envelope the look in high shine. Black makes for a striking choice for a basin and the natural way to go would be to balance it with white. Enter the case for metallics as a more dramatic option. The coppery tones play off the bark cloth walls that, along with the ikat pouf, give the whole room a modern ethnic vibe.