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Precious Metal

When choosing colours and patterns for our home, we sometimes overlook the depth we can add to a room by using metallics. An effect that has recently filled magazines and trend reports vowing to engulf our summer wardrobes is now also readily available for our homes. A shimmering, shiny touch could be just what your rooms need…
 
As colours and effects, gold, silver and bronze are no longer put aside for the Olympics. They are currently among the most fashionable colours to embrace design. Starting with the runway and our high streets, let’s take a look at them in action, not only alone, but standing firmly with other unsuspecting colours.

Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg

From Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg to Boohoo and Missguided, fashion designers have gone mad for all things metallic and shiny. Looking further into the trend we can take great inspiration from the way in which the metals have been combined with other colours and patterns. 



An extremely popular look that we are seeing literally everywhere is moody metallics. By mixing the shiny with the dark we can create some of the most dramatic and luxurious feelings for a room.  We have our very own moody metallics here at Graham and Brown, some in the form of wall art. Our metallic New York Cityscape canvas is perfect for this look and will tie in any plain wall.

Images from Boohoo and Missguided


If dark and dramatic isn’t the look you are going for, then simply using wallpaper with metallic and even glitter highlights will still present you with a beautiful new dimension to your walls. Graham & Brown has a huge selection of wallpapers with slight hints of metallic designed into the pattern, giving a natural but still very special glimmer. Again, we also have a wall art solution for this in the form of canvas art, subtle, simple and simply beautiful.



For those of you willing to go with something a lot less subtle, then clashing your metallics with patterns is perfect. If you choose this look then you can decide how slight of an impact you are making. Using a bolder pattern or using more than one pattern with silvers or gold will give you a look that is bang on trend and full of character.


The trick to mixing patterns, but keeping them slightly coordinated is to keep a consistent colour throughout, in this case it would be your metallic. If you are still unsure then use black and white designs to begin with.
 
So, when choosing your wall paper or wall art next, think of this luxurious, shiny trend and how you can use it to add a flash of radiance to your home. 






Written By Jody

I am the design studio apprentice at Graham and Brown. When designing and creating new ideas I like to resort back to good old fashioned cutting and sticking, collaging just about anything I can get my hands on (no seriously, anything!).