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Bring On The Bling


Gold, silver, glitter and glitz are essentials in today’s successful rooms, and even if you haven’t got a big bank balance, there are some metallic touches that could bring instant glamour to the home. The interiors world has taken gold, gloss, crystals and bling to its heart. Following in the footsteps of fashion, this trend is also a reaction to our tough economic times. Staying in to avoid expensive bars, interiors lovers want their living spaces to feel luxurious and atmospheric and are going for bejewelled and metallic wallpapers, lustrous fabrics, gilded furniture, and catch-the-light accessories.

“Metallics are undoubtedly big news as they add instant richness. Even a single wall papered in a striking design can have incredible impact and improve the feel-good factor in an otherwise dull room.”

And not for nothing is this look dubbed ‘metallic magic’ because the reflective properties of metallic papers and paints work in a similar way to mirrors by making small spaces seem larger, and helping the room, burst into life under artificial light.Designer Linda Barker applauds the trend.

“A touch of bling is the way to make our homes shine - literally – and currently it seems that everyone’s seeking a bit of good old-fashioned razzle-dazzle and glitz,” she says. She advises those who want glitteringly successful rooms to follow the ‘less is more’ rule, so that the end result is decadent and dramatic rather than bold and brassy.

“You can opt for a futuristic approach with silver and steel and minimal furnishings, or echo the Seventies with zingy colours like oranges and greens in metallic finishes and retro white furniture,” says Linda. “Alternatively, there’s the opulent route which embraces vintage and uses gold and gilt teamed with tactile, touch-me fabrics such as velvet and silks.” So rustle through the glad-rags in your wardrobe for inspiration and join the glitterati gang.

The Midas touch
We’ve all got our favourite fashion style and you probably won’t go far wrong if you replicate the essence of that in your rooms.

Top tip: Remember large patterns can overpower small spaces, and prepare and line walls as metallic and mirror effect papers can highlight any imperfections.

Star buys: Graham & Brown’s wallpaper selection includes a richly patterned Desire, available in gold, from its Spirit collection, and designer, Barbara Hulanicki’s silvery Diva. Both are £30 a roll.

Rise and shine
For luxury looks, dress windows in beautiful fabrics - silks, velvets and taffetas in metallic shades - which will hint at Hollywood style glamour.

“We’ve been inspired by catwalk fashion for our new metallic Silks collection, and feature thefabric in sophisticated silvers, pewter and platinum,” says Jo Cassabois, founder of Pret A Vivre, bespoke curtain and blind experts.

Silver, pewter and platinum colourways can be teamed with aubergine or maroon for warmth or work well with on-trend sorbet shades such as pistachio greens, duck-egg blues, pinks and yellows.

On your metal
Small is beautiful, as the saying goes, but one of the best ways to indulge in this look is to be bold with statement, opulent pieces.

Victoria Wright, style advisor at HomeSense says: After the over-zealous ghetto bling of the Nineties, it’s understandable that home owners are slightly nervous of going overboard for glitz and glitter in their homes.

“But stand-alone individual items will have impact. Don’t limit yourself on shades, think copper, bronze, muted gold and champagne and mix contemporary with vintage for an up-to-date take.”

Star buys: Get your own gold throne, a high backed Cocoon chair in gold, £4,580 from Christopher Guy, while a silver Madame Butterfly Tall Cabinet, £795, from The French Bedroom Company is elegant and unusual. Turn on to full fat bling with a decorative gold bed and two matching bedside cabinets from Newtons Furniture.

A Chateau D’or set is £1,099. Satisfy a gold passion with De Ferranti’s Alchemy collection of metallic wall and floor tiles. Its gold briquettes are around £250 a square metre.

Jewels in the crown
All that glitters needn’t be gold with the glorious array of paint, faux finishes and clever costume jewellery available for walls. Painting walls or furniture, in metallic paint cheaply transform both spaces and pieces, says Charlotte Boyd, style editor of House Beautiful magazine.

“Try giving an old dark wood console table a metallic update to really add a wow factor to a hallway.”

Be imaginative and rummage in your jewellery box and display a cluster of pretty silver or gold costume pieces on table tops, hang strands of necklaces on walls or make a feature of them in velvet-lined picture frames.

Getting precious
Get in on the metallic-act with gold and silver accessories which will give rooms an instant injection of glamour.

“It’s easy to overdo metallics,” warns Charlotte Boyd at House Beautiful magazine.

“But I think this look work just as well used in accent colours. Add a few gold or silver sequinned cushions to a sofa or bed, or perhaps group a collection of vases in different shades in front of a gold mirror to make a feature.”

Star buys: It might tarnish the bank balance but you could splurge on a gold Kartell Bourgie Crystal table lamp, £488 from Occa-Home or simply pick up a silver snip at Dunelm Mill. Its crackle glass lamp is £15, and another great buy is a gold Suni mirror, £69.