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The magic of metallics


interior designThe magic of metallics. All that glitters is not gold – because silver, bronze and copper are also dazzling in decor this season and beyond.
If you’re craving a lick of luxury for your home, look no further than metallics – glittering gold, shimmering silver and burnished bronze. Precious metal tones sashayed and sparkled their way down the fashion catwalks, and now they’re making their mark on our decor.

They’re being seen as accents on accessories, as furniture embellishment and as a brushed finish on textiles.

The magic of Metallics are featuring significantly in next year’s home collections and the trend will forge its way on to the high street.


Gold’s the undisputed star of metals, if you fancy giving your home a golden touch, stores are glistening with gold-themed items.

“Gold accents can be seen in the wallpapers and fabrics from Aegean, the new collection from Sanderson,” says Rebecca Craig, head of design for Sanderson.

“We featured gold in response to the demand for luxurious home furnishings that look glamorous yet understated, without costing the earth.”

Gold, she points out, complements mineral colours, as well as warm blues, reds, pinks and greens.

“Metallic gold highlights are emphasised in natural lights, creating a warm and luxe room scheme,” she says. “We’ve used the palest, most delicate gold sheens, through to gloriously rich gold for backgrounds that showcase exquisite details.”


Silver has a cool, calming effect on a scheme and gives a dash of opulence to contemporary settings.

“Winter’s the perfect season to introduce metallics throughout interiors and the trend ranges from warm gold and copper through to cooler chrome and stainless steel,” says Gary Chambers at Apollo Blinds.

“We’re also seeing pattern coming to the fore as people feel bolder in their choices, and the blend of metallics and detail is very strong.”

Whether you’re a gold-digger, silver-seeker or just burning for bronze, there’s sure to be something to appeal – and it needn’t tarnish the bank balance. Follow the experts’ advice on creating metallic magic…

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