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The Metallic Trend Continues

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FINDING THE RIGHT ELEMENT IS CRITICAL TO PULLING OFF YOUR VISION

Design trends come and go, but metallics have had impressive staying power. It’s probably because combining metals with wood finishes makes any space feel more contemporary. Whether you’re upgrading your interior with new furniture or simply adding a few accents, adding metals can give it all a smart and modern touch.

SELECTING WISELY

Different metals have their own specific aesthetic advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to select the right piece. For instance, chrome fixtures work very well with more industrial looks while oiled finishes can add some pop in a more traditional setting. Brass fits in with more rustic designs like farmhouse and Tuscan. If your look is more eclectic or you don’t feel a great comfort level about balancing materials, consider reaching out to pros at local design studios or hiring an interior designer to help out. They’ll be plugged into the latest trends, while also boasting an in-depth knowledge of classic design do’s and don’ts that never go out of style.

HOTTEST CHOICES

Gold and copper remain the most-used metallics, likely because they bring so much warmth to any room. Even a copper-adorned fireplace feels a lot more cozy. The green-living craze has led to more people using corrugated metals, which often have an array of textures. Wrought-iron banisters and railings offer a great showcase for metals, along with cabinet-door pulls and door hardware.

FINISHING TOUCHES

One of the more intriguing things about the metallic trend is its great variety of finishes. Exterior gloss and brushed textures can change the whole character of this material. Polished metals offer a shiny look that works very well with modern designs, while satin or brushed versions blend into contemporary themes where other elements are meant to stand out. Traditional oiled metals boast a richer antique look that fits with any classic scheme.

FRONT AND CENTER

Creating a focal point for your metallic look can bring the whole design together. Whether it’s used in a table, a large mirror, mantel or perimeter trim, metals can add pops of color and intrigue — in particular if you combine different or opposing colors. Leverage the color temperatures of one metal against another to pull it off. You may just find that your design plan doesn’t have to stick with “warm” or “cool” metals exclusively.

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