Add a dose of brightness and warmth to winter décor with the sheen of metallic furnishings and accessories.
Winter decorating is all about adding a bit of cheer and sparkle, a task made easier by the recent popularity of all things metallic.
With winter’s shortage of daylight, the sheen of metallic furnishings, fabric and decorative pieces can add a dose of the brightness and warmth so many of us are seeking.
“We love metallics because of the glamour they lend to our lives by catching and refracting light,” says New York-based interior designer Young Huh. And “there is nothing more magical or festive than metallic touches during the holidays.”
The trick, she says, is not going overboard with too much glittery goodness.
“A little sparkle goes a long way,” Huh says. “If everything is high-octane shine, your home will look a little sad in daylight.”
We asked Huh and two other interior design experts — Massachusetts-based Kristina Crestin, and Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design for The Home Depot — for advice on using metallics.
A softer look
Fishburne has been seeing a trend toward softer metal shades, which look sophisticated. “A little more white going into them is the best way to describe it,” she says. The golds are paler and less brassy, the silvers appear a bit whiter, and even shades of rose gold and coppers are a bit less orange.
So even if you’re using several colors of metals, she says, “that palette becomes a bit softer.”
Another way of getting metallic shine in a subtler way: Use mercury glass, which shows a range of soft colors in a metallic sheen when it catches the light.
Huh says mercury glass is her favorite metallic. “Buy some boxwood topiaries and pair them with mercury glass, and you’ll have a wonderful winter look that isn’t confined to Christmas,” she says.
Crestin likes to decorate with planters covered with copper foil (similar to gold leaf), copper serving bowls for entertaining, and LED lights on copper wire that can be woven into greenery.
Sparkly metals look great alongside organic and natural textures, Huh says: “For instance, what’s prettier than silver with burlap?”
Buy a selection of simple terra-cotta planters or flowerpots in different heights, and spray paint some of them in metallic shades, says Fishburne. You can find spray paint in shades of rose gold, soft golds and silvers.
Fill them with poinsettias, artificial or real, in whatever colors appeal to you. If the plants begin to wilt, or you get tired or them after the holidays, keep the same pots but add succulents.
Finally, Crestin points out that metallic scrapbooking paper from a craft store can be the perfect way to affordably add one more dose of metallic shimmer to your décor. Buy several sheets in a color you like, and use them on New Year’s Eve as a dining table runner with votive candles and little silver-toned planters on top.
For just a few dollars, she says, “it makes such an impact.”