Metallics, and in particular gold, are a time-honoured way to introduce a note of luxe opulence to your home during the festive season.
Metallics are fantastic for adding a touch of glamour and sophistication, and welove the juxtaposition of the hard exterior of metallics combined with the glowing warmth that they create in the home.
Nothing beats an eclectic array of metallics: when styled well, the effect is magical. The trick is to choose one ‘base’ metallic and then layer and mix tonal metals throughout the room.
Take time to consider what finishand metallic would work best in the room. Aged and patinated finishes look lovely in an industrial-style interior, while a shiny gold metallic surface looks beautiful in roomswith a contemporary style.
The beauty of metallics lies in their versatility. For darker and smaller rooms, go for a warming and antiqued gold or bronze that will create a cosy and welcoming feel, while in largerand brighter rooms, you could experiment withwow-factor shiny bright coppers and golds that will turn heads and impress guests.
Or, for someone who wants to take a gentler approach, throws, cushions, rugs and ornaments are a good start.
Alternatively, go for a copper ceiling light or a gold ornament for a coffee table. The beauty of these pieces is that they can be moved around the home with little or no effort and itis a fantastic way to test the waters.
For the table, gold sequinned apples and pears with gold crackers are charming.
And when it comes to gift wrap, dispense with traditional ribbons this year andfinish presents off with a branch of spray-painted leaves instead. It’s a thoughtful and luxurious gesturethat will impress each recipient.
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We love this delicately decorative brassbotanical garland – a charming alternative to foliage. Catching the light for a touch of Christmas lustre, it would look pretty gracing any mantelpiece or tabletop, or casually draped on a hook for wall decoration as here.
Create an atmospheric glow with candlelight and hand-beaten brass.
Add a playful touch to your tree.
OH CHRISTMAS TREE
A decorative design handmadefrom rust-coloured wire.
Delicate metal wreath inspired by hedgerows and seedheads.
An eye-catching piece in a golden hue.
Full of festive charm.
UNDER THE MISTLETOE
Steal a Christmas kiss.
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