Modern metallics you can actually live with

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  • 10 ways to work metallics into your scheme

    From shimmering silver to glammed-up gold, bold brass to burnished bronze, there’s no denying that metallics are everywhere this season. But the trick to adding a little lustre without overdoing the bling is to mix all the elements with a shot of colour. Scroll on for inspiration…

    1. Going with the flow
    Copper is bang on trend, but you don’t have to use the actual metal to hit the target. Instead, work a fabric, such as this curtain made in Versus viscose-mix in Copper, £79 per m, by Jane Churchill. It has a lush, liquid feel that is opulent, rather than bling. For extra oomph, use tasselling or fringing on a cushion like this from Jessica Light.

    2. Reflected glory
    Full-on gold can come over a tad gawdy, but combine it with silvery blue/greys and you cool the look right down, making it a glamorous and sophisticated option. Here, we love the interplay of shimmery fabric, reflective glass and metal surfaces and contrasting textures. The Spyder table from Cattelan Italia would give any space the X factor.

    3. Think big
    Gold looks grand and luxurious teamed with rich colours such as magenta and purple. The simple lines of this super-modern four poster by Paolo Moschino for Nicky Haslam and slick pendant lamp by Rockett St George are the perfect foil to the large-print toile and digital houndstooth linen.

    4. Alternatively, think small
    If you don’t want to redecorate, you can just throw a nod to the metallic trend. Curating your own collection of similarly coloured objets and curios (which you may even already own – no shopping required!) is another cool, contemporary way to work the look.

    5. Triple treat
    Hit three trends in one. Copper and malachite are both really hot right now. And as luck would have it, they work beautifully together. Throw in the geometric trend, thank you Cane-line’s Breeze chairs and Hexagonal table by Holly’s House, and you’ve got a hat trick. We love the way the copper table picks out the subtle metallic flicks in the malachite wallpaper.

    6. Don’t forget the bathroom

    Metallics in the bathroom might sound a tad Liberace, but not when you take a cue from this cool space. Think a silver or steel sided tub to glam up the room in a subtle way, like this bateau bath from Drummonds. If you’re having a luxurious evening soak, candles will look amazing reflected on the material.

    7, Translate into matte shades

    If you think decorating with metallics automatically means tonnes of shiny surfaces, then you haven’t looked at the matte option. Dulux’s colour of the year for 2016 was Cherished Gold, so it’s particularly on trend. Try playing with materials in the shade, like these Vitrogres tiles from Bernard J Arnull.

    8, Choose a statement light fitting

    Kitchen light fittings are often hidden away, but why shouldn’t you use make a statement in this room too?
    We love the drama of these Beads pendants from Holloways of Ludlow, plus copper is one of the most on-trend metallics around. Win-win!

    9, Add some brass to the boudoir

    Turn your bedroom into a luxe space worthy of an elegant hotel by layering on deepest teal and stained timber with a striking headboard like this bespoke design by Andy Martin. The touch of brass adds just the right amount of glam without being too OTT for a restful space.

    10, Turn your mirrors metallic

    Love mirrors and metallics? Then combine the two for a glam look! This gold eglomisé mirror splashback is a total winner, adding drama to an unexpected space. The matching Dominic Schuster kick boards and bold onyx island make this a swoon worthy addition.

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