We like to keep you up-to-date on the latest trends here at ACHICA Living, and one that hasn’t escaped our attention is the trend for all things shiny and reflective – perfect for adding a touch of luxe to any interior.
The Godfather of metal has to be Tom Dixon. One of his latest creations is Etch (pictured above) a range of perforated metal light shades that throw incredible shadows across the room.
And lighting is a great way to dip a toe into this trend. Donna Gridley, Design Director at Heathfield & Co says: "Whether it’s the shade or base of a design, lighting is a fantastic way to work metallics into a room and will add a subtle decorative sparkle for a lustrous look. To complement the metallic-luxe look, opt for lampshades in muted fabrics with sheen, such as satin or silk."
But interior design journalist and self-confessed metallics obsessive Kate Watson-Smyth says, “Be careful. Don’t overdo it.” And this comes from someone who has a metallic ceiling in her own home!
Think about including a few accessories like this brass rabbit from Signed and Original's Curiosity Collection. The base is made mortar shells from WWII and ink wells from school desks. The mounted figure is a vintage 60s find. Each piece is a one-off.
Mini Moderns combines metallic with another current trend, typography, in their show stopping Camberwell Beauty wallpaper in jet and gold.
If you’re not quite ready for a whole wall, take inspiration from Shoreditch boutique Luna and Curious who use gold in their branding. A piece of tyographic art like this is a subtle way to introduce gold as an accent colour – you could match it with other accessories like cushions.
Sophie Miller, Director of Skinflint Design says: “Metallic shades can make a perfect accent in a design scheme, adding a reflective surface can lighten a room. By using a practical item such as a lamp or shade you can subtly bring the metallic into your space with out shouting about it. She continues, “I think it’s often easier to feature a functioning utility metallic in a domestic space as it still caries the weight of the visual statement but is somehow less showy than going ‘all-out’ metallic, it will also continue as a beautiful functional object long after the trend is over.”
If all this talk of shiny thing has got you feeling magpie-eyed, then you might like to check out the metallic homewares such as this ornate Seletti blackboard and lamp shade from Oaks Lighting, on promotion today at ACHICA.
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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor
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