Timeless Metallic Christmas Decoration Ideas

Add subtle sparkle with these lustrous and burnished designs and decorating ideas

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 we love the juxtaposition of the hard exterior of metallics combined with the glowing warmth that they create in the home.

Unusual vintage pieces can make a striking table centrepiece and a talking point for guests. With the candlelight gently reflecting off the brass-plated steel, and the heat generated prompting the angels to spin, this traditional Swedish Christmas decoration is the star of this dinner setting.

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.

This woodland-themed tableau brings the outdoors in. Most craft stores supply both natural and artificial dried moss that can be used for the backdrop, then simply add Narnia-look pieces along with gilded birds, leaves and cones.

Take time to consider what finish and 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 rooms with a contemporary style.

For a distinctive table feature, place a collection of baubles in burnished metallics and antique finishes on a silver platter. A few paper decorations will provide contrast. Finish with a slubby tablecloth in a neutral to set off the mixture of textures.

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 larger and brighter rooms, you could experiment with wow-factor shiny bright coppers and golds that will turn heads and impress guests.

If there’s a time to go for broke with hallway decorating, it’s now. For the ultimate ‘wow’ moment, drape the staircase with a garland bursting with gold-leaf foliage. The bigger, the better. Keeping to one colour maximises the impact. Relax things by adding oversized balloons and glitter balls.

Or, for someone who wants to take a gentler approach, throws, cushions, rugs and ornaments are a good start.

Gold and greenery are a magical festive pairing, so use both to create a beautiful window focal point. A garland can make an even bigger impact when not restricted to the mantelpiece or balustrade – deck the living room bay, too, and bring it to life with golden stars, giant paper wheels and selection of glittering baubles.

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 it is a fantastic way to test the waters.

Christmas is the time of year to decorate more everyday items, so add a little extra sparkle to a drinks trolley by decorating it with micro fairy lights and baubles.

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 and finish presents off with a branch of spray-painted leaves instead. It’s a thoughtful and luxurious gesture that will impress each recipient.



We love this delicately decorative brass botanical 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.

Tabwa leaf garland, 10x130cm, £32.95, Nkuku, 0333 240 0155, nkuku.com.


Create an atmospheric glow with candlelight and hand-beaten brass.

Royal sconce, Dia21cm, £295, Malin Appelgren at Plümo, 020 8889 9945, plumo.com.


Add a playful touch to your tree.

Hare decoration, H12cm, £5.50, RE, 01434 634567, re-foundobjects.com.


A decorative design handmade from rust-coloured wire.

Majani wire tree, H42xW30xD16cm, £24.95, Nkuku, 0333 240 0155, nkuku.com.


Delicate metal wreath inspired by hedgerows and seedheads.

Winter hedgerow wreath, Dia26cm, £185, Rowan Macgregor at The Shop Floor Project, 01229 584537, theshopfloorproject.com.


An eye-catching piece in a golden hue.

Brass house, H21xW18cm, £78, Petersham Nurseries, 020 7305 7676, petershamnurseries.com.


Full of festive charm.

Pine bauble, Dia18cm, £20, Walther & Co at Maze, 0117 974 5332, mazeclothing.co.uk.


Steal a Christmas kiss.

Hanging mistletoe garland decoration, L100cm, £22.99, Cotswold Trading, 01386 853331, cotswoldtrading.com.

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