Hot new trends in metallic homeware
Metallics add a sophisticated touch to any interior and their reflective quality brings light to a room. Interiors experts are picking a move to more subtle, buffed metallics, and a move away from super-shiny, bolder metals.
Whether it's a brass pot plant holder, a gilded chair or a metallic-finish wallpaper, here's what those in the know have to say about using metallics:
The glamour factor: Metallic finishes add glamour and sophistication to a room, says interior designer Alicia France of Christchurch's Frobisher Interiors. Light bouncing off metallic finishes creates interest and injects energy into a room, France says.
One of the great things about using silver or gold metallics is that they pick up and reflect other colours in a room, instantly creating a more cohesive look, says France.
Gold, rose gold and silver are popular at the moment, says France, but she suggests going lightly with metallics. "Too many metallic elements in a room can create too much glare, and make a room feel sterile."
Also choose textiles carefully. Using a combination of metallics and silk textiles might feel over-the-top for most New Zealand homes. "Pairing metallic with luxe, yet matt fabrics, such as velvet or suede works a treat," she says.
Tone it down: Vanessa Bramley of French Country Collections is picking a move away from "shouty, look-at-me metals" like bright copper and brass.
"We've always favoured more subdued, muted, toned-down metals – dull brass finishes and lovely dark pewter." Subtle metallic finishes give a room a sense of permanence and solidity, she says.
"Aged brass looks great in furniture, it's quite versatile and can be used in both modern or traditional homes."
Metallics look beautiful alongside good quality textiles like linen or velvet and also work well with marble, glass or wood, she says.
Furniture finishes: Homeowners are using metallics in new ways - on accessories, cabinetry, furniture and even flooring, says Karen Warman of Resene.
"While metallics are still often used to create feature walls, we are increasingly seeing them used to make a real statement of bathroom and kitchen cabinetry, furniture for living areas, and as part of a colour-block effect with the metallic often being a small part of the effect but lifting the whole look."
Aluminium, pewter and grey metallics, such as Resene 'Blast Grey 1', tend to be the most popular hues, she says. "These colours are very versatile and timeless and can work with most other colours."
Even up high: There's a huge range of metallics in wall coverings these days, from cork with splashes of gold to grasscloth or raffia with a metallic finish. Clint Hogan of the Textile Company says metallic wallcoverings like those in the Phillip Jeffries range look great on ceilings (either the whole ceiling or just the panels of a coffered ceiling).
Their reflective quality can also bring lustre to a small, dark room, make a statement in front entrance foyer or one wall of a hall.
"Grasscloth with metallic finish can work well as it's a little bit more matt as opposed to high sheen," says Hogan.
- NZ House & Garden