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6 Tips for Bringing Metallic Decor into Your Home

Give your home a subtle, sophisticated glow with metallic décor.

This material is known for being tough enough to last several years, as well as easy to keep clean. Plus, metal furniture and decor isn’t just practical – it’s also stylish and nice to look at, no matter where you put it!

1. Mix + Match Metallics

Gone are the days when the design rule of thumb was ‘never mix metals.’ Now, pairing gold and silver, tarnish and shine is not only accepted but also embraced – making it easier to experiment with fun and unusual color combos.

Who says home art galleries have to be composed of wall art? Set aside some shelf space to display an artistic array of unique metallic décor.

2. Tarnish + Distress

Pair tarnished copper, gold and silver against rustic textures – like exposed brick – for industrial chic at its finest.

3. Mirror Finishes

If you’re looking to incorporate metallic accents into your home, think outside the box; while mirrors aren’t normally thought of as ‘metallics,’ when featured in stand-out designs – like in the decorative desk pictured below – they offer a refreshing, breathtaking aesthetic.

Mirror décor does more than bring sophisticated shine; light-reflective properties can deepen, elongate and widen, creating the illusion of a bigger, airier and brighter space.
If the idea of mirror furniture intrigues you, but you’re not entirely convinced, consider metallic furniture with high-shine, high-gloss surfaces for the same sophisticated appeal – without the intensity of reflection.

4. Gold + Silver – in Unexpected Places

In the above living room corner, gold and silver wall plaques provide a subtle point of contrast for the stunning – and show-stealing – silver table lamp.

‘Metal’ and ‘fabric’ normally don’t belong together, but throw pillows in sleek shades of gold can break all the rules – and still bring gorgeous style.

Gold and silver don’t have to – and shouldn’t be – reserved for decorative accents; incorporate them into the furniture itself for surprise (and glamourous!) shine.

5. Consider Which Room You’re Buying Metal Furniture For

Metal is one of the easiest design decisions you can make; whether you’re looking to add metal furnishings to your bedroom with metal beds supported by solid metal frames – or to your living room or family room with metal coffee tables and end tables – metal is a chic, timeless material that goes with just about anything.

Of course, metal is also a good choice for the great outdoors. After all, this material can stand up to harsh weather, as it’s typically too heavy to fly away during a storm and can withstand some wear and tear over the years. If you need a sturdy spot to eat dinner on a nice night on the patio, look into a metal outdoor dining set that can fit the whole family.

If you think you’ll want to stay outside after dinner and have a drink while staring at the stars, you might want to buy a metal outdoor lounge with plenty of cushioning – as well as a metal outdoor bar to position in front of it for the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

6. Choose the Right Metal for Your Home

Lots of products on the market are made of metal, but only a select few types of metal are considered sturdy enough for furniture.

One of the most popular options is stainless steel, which is a mix of several metals. Since one of the metals in stainless steel is chromium, this material is not only very strong, but also won’t rust or corrode over time.

Wrought iron is another strong metal for furniture. Since this metal has to be hammered into the right shape, it often has a rough, old looking surface that’s ideal for either a rustic interior or patio style.

Watch: How to Mix Metals
Finally, there’s aluminum, which is both lightweight and strong at the same time. It’s also affordable and doesn’t rust, so buyers tend to love this metal when they’re in the market for indoor or outdoor furniture. If you like a modern, trendy look for your home, you’ll love the industrial feel aluminum can add to any room.

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