High shine: Decorating with metallics


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Whether you’re gussying up your pad for the holidays or just hoping to add a little glam, metallic decor is great for incorporating just a dash of fabulous.

If you’ve never tried working with metallic, start small. Try swapping out your cabinet hardware — consider the hardware on a console table, dresser or media cabinet, too — or adding small accessories in a metallic finish.

Pair shiny objects with natural, organic shapes and textures, recommends HGTV. The juxtaposition of rough-around-the-edges versus high-shine keeps things from looking overly Hollywood glam — this is especially great when you’re working with less modern styles, like traditional or rustic decor. Rather than pairing two opposite objects, you can also consider adding a metallic finish (think spray paint) to a natural object you already own, like a seashell, coral, wreath or branches.

Don’t be afraid of mixing metal finishes. If you do choose to add more than one or two metallic details, matching them could end up making your room look more matchy-matchy rather than helping it stand out. If you’re fearful of taking the plunge, try mixing it up with more understated finishes, like antiqued bronze and brushed nickel, rather than ultra-bright options like copper and chrome.

And remember, not everything has to be ultra-polished. You can use low-sheen wall treatments or paint techniques, or consider accessories with an aged finish. And don’t forget about fabrics — upholstery and carpet can both have a slight metallic sheen, but they lend a softer finish. Low-sheen metallics create a piece that adds depth without stealing the show.