How to Decorate With Metallics

how to decorate with metallics

The holidays are upon us—which means it's time to dust off your Christmas decorations and get ready to deck the halls!

If you're looking for something new, though, we've got some ideas for you. Metallic décor is an excellent way to add a little sparkle to any space. And whether you're going for a full-on metallic look or just want to incorporate an accent piece here and there, Ashley has everything you need to make your home feel like a winter wonderland (or add some all-season shine).

Ready to get started? Read on for some of our favourite ways to decorate with metallics.

start small

When it comes to decorating with metallics, it's best to start small. You can't go wrong with a single metallic piece—like a mirror or a decorative plate—that will really catch the eye and make your space pop.

Once you've got that first piece, add another one that's similar, but not exactly the same. For example, if you have a mirror in your living room, buy a different kind of mirror for the bedroom. The repetition will still be there, but each piece will be unique enough for you to feel like you're making a statement without being too over-the-top.

When you've got two pieces that work well together, consider adding one more. This time, though, try finding something that has a different texture from the other two pieces. Maybe it's matte instead of shiny, or maybe it's made of metal instead of glass—whatever it is, this third piece will complete your trio and tie everything together beautifully!

add to the kitchen

A lot of people have metal items in their kitchens already, and if you're starting from scratch, it can be a great place to begin. You can add a little shine here and there, then move on to other rooms in your home.

If you're not sure where to start, consider adding a metallic vase or candle holder to your island, counter, or kitchen table. This will draw the eye to the area, making it more interesting than an open space. You could also use a metallic tray as an accent piece for flowers or other items on display.

To take things up a notch, consider stenciling the walls or backsplash with geometric shapes or patterns. You can use these as a tie-in to your metallic accents, or you could just leave them as they are. This will give your walls a modern and clean look that's sure to impress guests!

For something more subtle, consider using metallic tins or jars as storage containers. This will give you a lot of flexibility when it comes to storing food and other items. You can use them on the counter or in your cabinets, depending on how much space you have available.

If you want more storage space but don't want something bulky taking up room, consider using a metal spice rack with clear glass shelves instead.

mix + match

Mixing metals is such a trend right now, so why should your home fall behind? Incorporate touches of different types of metals to create a stunningly modern look.

Approach your home décor like you’re picking out jewellery to match an outfit, but don’t be afraid to combine both gold and silver. Traditionally an all-gold gal or silver guy? Throw that mindset out the window and pick out accents that match in theme, but not in metal. That way, your décor will stay cohesive while you play into the trend of mixed metallics.

A great way to start mixing metals in your home is with accessories. Try a gold vase next to a silver candlestick holder on top of your mantelpiece or display them on either side of a mirror in your entryway.

tarnish + distress

Tarnished and distressed metal pieces add an elegant touch to any room. They're perfect for those who like their décor to be a little more industrial or rustic and give off a feeling of luxury without the high price tag. We love using them to create a more rugged and cohesive look.

If you already have metal pieces in your home, try polishing them up with a little bit of brass polish to give them a tarnished look. If you're looking to add new metal pieces to your home, try adding rustic lamps and statues. They have an old-world feel that plays into the modern metallics trend while still staying traditional. If you want something larger, try adding copper-coloured vases or wall art as accent pieces.

Copper is a popular metal to add to your home because it's both warm and cool. Plus, it can easily be used with other metals like brass, silver, or gold to create that trendy mixed-metal look.

holiday-specific ideas

Metallics are a beautiful way to add some sparkle and shine to your holiday decorations. Here are some ideas to incorporate some shimmer into your decorating this year:

Get the most out of your metallic accents by using them sparingly. For example, a single strand of tinsel can be used to line an entire mantlepiece or tree. Or, if you have a gorgeous tree skirt that's been sitting in storage all year long, you can pull it out now and line it with gold tinsel for a beautifully shiny accent.

You can also use metallics to create DIY gift tags by printing out your own design on shiny paper or wrapping paper before cutting out circles from them with scissors (or cutting machine). The result is beautiful tags that will look amazing on presents at any holiday party.

If you want to get really fancy with your metallic décor, try using a gold or silver marker to draw designs on glass ornaments. You can use these as tree decorations or give them away as presents for friends and family members.

We hope you've enjoyed this look at how to decorate with metallics. And don't worry: if your home is still missing a little sparkle, we've got you covered—check out our website for more or visit us in-store to see our full holiday collection.