Monday, September 2, 2013

Decorating with Metallic Colors

Many people believe that metallic colors are cold colors that will not bring life to their home.  But there are several ways in which you can use gold, silver, bronze or nickel to make your home look beautiful.  Let us first take a look at the three most popular metallic colors:  nickel ,chrome and silver.  

As most people know, chrome is most seen in the kitchen and in the bathroom.  You will more than likely see chrome in the fixtures in the bathroom or the sink itself will be chrome.  If you don’t like the dull look of chrome in your bathroom, try adding a black wooden mirror frame that will compliment the chrome.  

If the kitchen is more your favorite place for chrome, then a nice chrome stove will give your kitchen a whole new look.  Many people are afraid to put a nice chrome stove in their kitchen thinking that their kitchen will look too industrial.  But you can add special touches like a wooden shelf above the stove and hang some copper pots from the ceiling.  Another great idea to offset the chrome is to use fabrics such as curtains in the window and tablecloths on the kitchen table.  If you are one of the ones who believe that chrome is harsh, then offset it by using materials that are soft such as sheepskin on your chairs.  Now to add color to the kitchen, a blue table cloth or blue curtains would be the perfect choice.  Chrome looks best when paired with deep colors such as maroon, dark blue or forest green.  

The metallic color of silver can spruce up any home.  Now you may be thinking that you can’t match silver with anything and your home with look like a decorated Christmas tree.  Or you may think that silver will make your home look like a hospital.  But this simply isn’t the case.  For a spectacular looking dining room, a black iron dining table with black iron chairs and a glass tabletop pair well with silver upholstered chairs.  

Let’s take a look now at some specific decorating tips for you to use if you are interested in using metallic color accents in your color design.  

Candle holders- Imagine the beautiful glow of a candle held in a metallic colored candle holder.  For colors such as blue or green, choose a holder that is silver or chrome.  On the other hand, you will want to use gold or bronze holders for colors such as orange or red.  

Appliances- For a great look in your kitchen, try using all steel appliances such as stove, refrigerator and toaster.  

Furniture- There is nothing that makes you living room or front porch look more stunning than wrought black iron coffee table or sliver side tables with glass tops.  

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