Shine on – how to decorate with metallics

22nd August 2016

Missing the Olympics and all those Team GB medals? Here’s how to bring a touch of gold, silver and bronze to your home this season (podium optional!)

Here at DFS hq, we’re already missing the sound of the national anthem striking up as yet another successful Team GB athlete steps up accept a gong from Rio 2016. So to help us all keep that Olympic flag flying just a little bit longer, we’d thought we’d swap medals for metals and give you our top tips for home style that’s polished, not pretentious…

Metallic magic

Decorating with metallics of any hue is all about balance – too little and the shimmer fades into insignificance, and too much and you’re straying into casino territory. Here’s how to get it right first time…

Mix and match

Golds and silvers work wonderfully together so don’t be afraid to mix your metals. Pair a chrome and glass side table with a gold or bronze-toned lamp, or go for a selection of the same metal in a variety of finishes or textures – brushed, polished and beaten, for instance – to ring the changes within the same colour palette. For the ultimate in luxe living, pair gold with white or neutral-based room (walls, sofa and floor) – a classic combination that never goes out of style. 

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Tryka coffee table and Copper table lamp from Dwell

Start small

You don’t have to go all Kardashian from the off – a subtle introduction of metallics to your decorating scheme is plenty bling enough if you’re new to the shine stakes. We’d recommend a statement chair in a luxe fabric, or a shimmery rug to work as a simple yet stunning centrepiece.

Jewel statement chair from dfs

Jewel statement chair from dfs

Dwell metallic rug

Pick the perfect palette

Warm metallics – gold, bronze, brass and copper – love rich, earthy colours so keep it in the family and pair them with a base palette of reds and browns. Cooler metals – pewter, silver and chrome – have a natural affinity with blue and green hues. Think a deep red chair with a copper-coloured throw or a midnight blue sofa with a pile of silver cushions and you’re in metal heaven.

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Dwell silver cushion

Light it up

Lighting – whether that’s ceiling, wall, table or floor – is one of the easiest and most effective ways of introducing metallic décor into your scheme. Think of your lamp or pendant as a piece of modern art and go to town with it from a design point of view.

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Tripod spotlight giant floor lamp, Cappa triple pendant light, both from Dwell

Mirror images

Mirrors are the stylist’s secret weapon – they reflect light into the darkest of corners, they make every space look bigger and they’re a natural focal point to a room (who can resist checking themselves out in a handily hung looking glass?). They come in all shapes and sizes and work wonderfully either on their own or in a run of three of more. Add a dash of metallic into the mix and it’s a win-win.

Oblique copper mirror from Dwell

Oblique copper mirror from Dwell

For more autumn style inspiration, check out our new Style Sourcebook ezine, online now

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