Glittery golds, sparkling silvers and classy coppers are bang on trend for December.
With Christmas just around the corner, they’re the stylish colours of the festive season, stepping away from gaudy reds and greens. Magical metallics can dance around the room when offset by twinkling fairy lights, but it’s also a look that lasts well into the New Year.
“Perfect for giving your decor an immediate style upgrade, metallic accents will inject a sophisticated touch, as well as introducing both warmth and texture,” Katie Watson, interior designer at Fishpools comments, oozing with festive charm. “From copper, brass and gold to chrome and nickel, there’s a glimmering array of gilded finishes to choose from.”
“Of all the precious metals, gold is undoubtedly the most glam,” says Alicia Kaper, head of curation at Joss & Main. “Warm and luxurious, a few gleaming gold accents can instantly refresh an interior, adding that all-important oomph to a tired scheme. The trick with gold is not to overdo it. Integrating just a few precious finds will help you stay on the chic side of the trend. ”
FESTIVE FIX: “To set a warm colour palette, try gold and brown,” advises Laura Comfort, Christmas buyer at Wyevale Garden Centres. “Glass compote jars and candy dishes look great filled with small pine cones, topped with rich gold and deep brown ornaments.”
“Cool and crisp, silver has a fresh and timeless finish, which makes it a sophisticated choice for the home,” says Kaper. “Paired with blues and whites, this precious metal is a shimmering snow queen while, in the summer, it partners beautifully with pinks, mauves and greens, adding freshness to more vibrant tones.”
FESTIVE FIX: “Don’t restrict magnificent baubles and sparkly snowflakes to the tree,” advises Comfort. “Accentuate overhead lighting with a fresh winter palette of shimmery silver and pale blue decorations, gently dangling from the chandelier on elegant silver satin ribbon.”
“Copper is a bold but sophisticated metallic, suitable to use in all rooms of the house,” says Sainsbury’s head of home design, Emma Mann.
“Its burnished glow brings the perfect accent to a range of colour schemes.
“For a chic, relaxed look, coppers and oranges look beautiful with crisp whites, or for a richer look, team with darker golds, reds or deep indigo.”
FESTIVE FIX: “Adorning a mantel by adding earthy bronze accents to a foliage-rich, pine cone garland will elevate a traditional scheme,” suggests Comfort.