If you’re craving a lick of luxury for your home, look no further than metallics – glittering gold, shimmering silver and burnished bronze.
Precious metal tones sashayed and sparkled their way down the fashion catwalks, and now they’re making their mark on our decor.
Decorators, designers and makers have all joined the gold rush, recognising that metallics can bring instant glamour and richness to settings.
They’re being seen as accents on accessories, as furniture embellishment and as a brushed finish on textiles.
‘Gold, particularly, is so much part of our myths and legends, with childhood stories often having pirates hunting for it,’ says Frederick Wimsett, who hand-paints Chinoiserie murals which feature 24-carat gold leaf, and whose clients include fashion designer Alice Temperley.
‘Gold is literally woven into the fabric of our society. Around half of my projects now feature it in some way. It’s warm, light reflective and never goes out of fashion.’
Bringing on the bling couldn’t be better timed, as that most glittering of seasons – Christmas – is on the horizon.
But investing in some decor treasure for your home won’t be a waste, as this look’s set to last long after the baubles have been packed away.
Metallics are featuring significantly in next year’s home collections and the trend will forge its way onto the high street.
‘The metallics trend is definitely going to stick around and is being employed across the industry, from tiles to fabrics, wallpapers and furniture,’ says Steve Charles, co-founder of rare stone and decorative surface specialists Decorum Est.
‘It’s been channelled through some of the world’s leading fashion houses and we’re beginning to see it starring in interiors.
‘Our latest tile collection, Hollywood, has a blend of white, gold and silver hues and is a nod to the decadence and drama of the post-Gatsby era.’
Whether you’re a gold-digger, silver-seeker or just burning for bronze, there’s sure to be something to appeal – and it needn’t tarnish the bank balance.
Gold’s the undisputed star of metals, and it’s being celebrated in an exciting
exhibition at London’s British Museum, Beyond El
Dorado (running until March 23, 2014), inspired by the imagined city of gold in South America and featuring an array of ancient
Colombian gold art and crafts.
If you fancy giving your home a golden touch, stores are glistening with gold-themed items.
‘Gold accents can be seen in the wallpapers and fabrics from Aegean, the new collection from Sanderson,’ says Rebecca Craig, head of design for Sanderson.
‘We featured gold in response to the demand for luxurious home furnishings that look glamorous yet understated, without costing the earth.’
Silver has a cool, calming effect on a scheme and gives a dash of opulence to contemporary settings.
Even if you’ve never been a heavy metal fan, the new look of brass, copper, bronze and nickel might change your mind.
The finishes are warm and these softer, richer-looking metals work well in both a traditional or contemporary setting.