Metallics in interior design

Metallics.

Incorporating metallics into your decor is a great way to upgrade your living space.  However there is a fine line between shiny modern chic decor and threw up gold all over the house.

copper

Shine on.

Polished metals are incredibly chic.  Whether you pick a cool silver tone, or a warm copper, combining a few different metals together can elevate a space.  Be careful not to mix too many shades together as this can often look more Pat Butcher than you want.  Instead using a chrome base on furnishings, with accents of copper or brass.  

Texture

If you’re looking to add some metallics in the form of fabric accessories in your room then read on. Using layered textures will balance out different colours and shades, as well as add some comfort and coziness. Some great examples are using leather poufs or rugs to build up the colours across the board.

Nature

Mixing metallics with natural materials is a great way to add warmth back into a room. Sometimes metallics can appear cold and severe.  Materials such as wood, wool and leather will add a casual comfort vibe to an otherwise heavy metallic interior.

Rich Fabrics

Combining rich, luxurious fabrics such as velvet is another great way to add warmth to a cool, sharp room.  Throws and rugs work great, and choosing rich, deep, vibrant colours such as jewel tones will increase the luxe factor whilst adding a warmth throughout.

Even

One of the keys to balancing out a room or space is to make sure that metallics, or anything really, is evenly distributed throughout the space. Keeping metallics to an area of a room can force the balance off and section areas off awkwardly.  This works if you’re using one metal or mixing them up, just make sure they’re evenly spread to keep things easy on the eye.

 

Choosing the right paint colour

Theoretically one of the easiest things to change in a room or space is the paint on the walls.  It’s a simple as choosing a colour, heading to the shop to buy the paint and clearing things away from the walls.  Right?  However, in practice it can be expensive, timely and frustrating.  Which is why many of us look for colours that will look as fresh on the walls everyday for the next 5-10 years as they do today.  

White

A classical shade for good reason.  Whilst white can appear at first glance to be a boring shade, it makes a great base to build on.  It’s easy to decorate around and can be jazzed up with accessories, and it can make a room look more modern as well as spacious. There are also many different shades of white to choose from.  Creamy warm whites, cool blue-based whites, as well as off whites and greys.  

Neutrals

There are many different colours and shades in the Neutral family palette.  From taupe and beige to grey and greige there’s plenty of shades to pick from. Neutrals are great for people wanting to open up rooms and spaces without wanting to use a starker white.  Over time different neutrals will become more or less popular but in general picking a neutral will keep you set for a long time.

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Blue sky

You will always find a blue that is currently trending in interior design.  At the moment that is currently more navy or ink shades, but sky blue is the one to go for.  The calming and relaxing effect of a cloudless sky is perfect for most rooms.  Light, grey blues are great in kitchens, bathrooms or wherever you find yourself painting.

About me

Hello! I’m Christie, a 30 year old wife and mother of two, living and loving life in rural Surrey, U.K. I’ve lived in Surrey for most of my life, and I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather live.  I’m happily married, to a lovely man called Randall and have been for the past 6 years.  

I have a huge passion for art and architecture; and this carries through into the interior design aspect of houses.  Me, Randall and our two children have recently renovated an old barn into our house and are still in the process of doing up all the rooms.  

One of my other passions is to travel. I love negotiating and exploring countries and cities; and in particular ones with a lot of history and culture.  Because of this a lot of my house is inspired by various items and nik naks picked up from countries I’ve visited.  

I also love writing, and I can’t wait to start this blog properly and share our home journey and anything else with you all.

Thanks for checking my blog out.

Take care, Christie