How to Work Metallics into Your Home

The rose gold trend is finally burning itself out, and design pros are eyeing a more sophisticated metallic palette.

Mixed metals are in, and designers are loving this trend for its edge as well as its ease. There’s no denying that metallics are fun, edgy, and chic. And now, there’s no pressure to be all matchy-matchy—silver and gold tones can finally peacefully co-exist. The result is eclectic yet refined.

The mixed metals look can be embraced with light fixtures, cabinet hardware, furniture, and of course decorations like mirror frames and sculpture. Of course, switching out all your fixtures and artwork isn’t exactly easy—nor is it cheap.

So what about paint?

Painting metallics is bold, but not as crazy as you might think. Done right, interior painting may be the easiest way to boost your style with the mixed metals look.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Faux Painting

Faux Painting

“Faux painting” is a broad category—it can refer to tons of different techniques and looks. It’s essentially the art of making a painted wall look like something else, such as marble, paper, metal, or wood. In other words, faux painting refers to techniques that create visual texture.

When it comes to metallics, faux painting is a great way to add interest while softening the shininess a bit.

For example:

Brushing: Brushing is one of the oldest faux painting techniques. It’s perfect for metallics because it keeps the metallics looking modern and interesting, while softening the glare.

Sponging: Sponging is perfect for gold shades because it adds a bit of a vintage quality, creating a soft yet regal look.

Other techniques can achieve a patina look that’s beautiful on bronzes and silvers.

The options with faux painting are practically endless, so dream big. One of our project managers can happily help bring your vision to life.

Stripes and Geometric Patterns

Stripes and Geometric Patterns

Stripes or other geometric patterns are a great way to infuse a little metallic energy without necessarily committing to an entire, solid wall.

Stripes: When thinking about how to work metallics into a stripe, there are two things to decide: size and consistency. Pin stripes are elegant, while fatter stripes tend to be more playful. Try using multiple metallics in one stripe pattern for a super eclectic look.

Classic geometric patterns: If you love the look of geometrics but want to keep things subtle, consider going tone-on-tone—for example, a metallic silver on a matte grey wall will catch the light beautifully, without taking over.

Islamic geometric patterns: Islamic geometric patterns have a rich and complex history. From simple and elegant to exquisitely ornate, Islamic geometric patterns are a beautiful design element, and a great way to work metallics into your décor.

Gold Ceiling

Gold Ceiling

If you’re after true opulence, there may be no bolder move than a gold ceiling. If you want to make that dining room chandelier or crown molding pop, a gold ceiling is sure to wow guests.

Final tip: get samples

Final tip: get samples!

While metallics look great in pictures, it’s hard to know how a particular metallic will look in your home based on how it looks on your phone screen, so take the time to get samples. Your unique lighting will make all the difference in selecting the metallic best suited for your style.

Using metallics in your paint scheme may be just the style update your home needs. If you need a little glitz in your life, contact us to discuss your vision, and our project managers can help make your metallic dreams a reality.

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