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December 31, 2013

Bring in the New Year with a Touch of Glam

by Cynthia

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Adding a touch of glam to your decor is a great way to make a space new and interesting without having to completely redecorate. Metallics have been a popular home decor trend for 2013, but it’s a trend with a sense of timelessness – it isn’t going anywhere in the year to come! Some people shy away from using metalics in their home decor because they immediately think of Liberace – they don’t want a look that is glitzy or brash.  Here are a few secrets to help you pull off a glam look for the new year, without overdoing it.

Less is more.

This is the key to decorating with metallics – very little goes a long way.  A few simple accent pieces or a little metallic shimmer in your shades are all you need to add a touch of glam, without looking glitzy or tacky.

Mix up your metals

Gold on gold isn’t very interesting, and can reach the tacky mark pretty quickly.  Gold and bronz is much more interesting.  Don’t be afraid to mix up your metals.

Create a look that is unexpected

Mercury Glass lamps from the Pottery Barn

Try pairing metals with hues that are surprising.  Similar to fashion, this is the equivalent of pairing jeans with a metallic t-shirt. Mixing a rustic look with gold, bronz, or copper accents is one example where the end result is a look that is interesting, without being overpowering.  The Pottery Barn has beautiful mercury glass accessories that really pair well with rustic elements.

Go for the shimmer, not the glare

Pay attention to the lighting. Metallics work best if they are not in direct light, which creates glare.  You want the lighting to add a touch of shimmer and sparkle – indirect light is best.  Metallics do well in evening lighting, or with just enough light to catch your eye.

When done right, metallics can take a room from appealing to brilliant.  They really add depth and a touch of sophistication to your decor.  You can create accents with lamps, small accessory pieces, gold or silver charger plates at the dinner table, or shades with just a touch of sparkle. I love our opalescent Duette fabrics because they add just enough metallic and come to life with evening lighting in a dining room or bedroom. Subtle and elegant.

Hope your new year finds your home warm and happy, with just a touch of glam!

Photo credit: House and Home.

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Cynthia

Cynthia is a certified Hunter Douglas designer in the San Diego area with over twenty years of experience in the interior design industry. She graduated from Parsons School of Design and offers color consultations as well as custom window solutions.

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