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Metal Fusion

Metal Fusion

How time flies – we can’t believe it’s been a year since we posted our Trend Alert on Copper! Since then interiors have turned magpie, taking metallic inspiration to a whole new level. From gold rush to tin tiles, there’s a shade and finish to suit every household. There’s more gold than in The Great Gatsby with this evolving trend, so let us guide you through it.

Things have got a lot more adventurous, mixing different shades and tones in a clash of influences. Use sleek, contemporary design alongside antiques and Eastern-influenced objects for an eye-catching display. Strategically placed lighting is key with metals, to help spread their warm glow around a space and reflect light into a room.

Panels are a great way to add a pattern to a large wall space. Don’t be afraid of a little tarnish, in fact with Mr Perswall’s urban Copper Plates wallpaper we just can’t get enough of it. Give a room an edgy, outdoors-indoors look by using a panel of this somewhere unexpected. For something more regal, Cole & Son have a great selection of mirror-effect wallcoverings that would work well with existing period features.

Texture is still a really important element this year, and we are seeing a host of touchable new products from some of the biggest designers. Harlequin's Leonida collection is far from subtle, great used as a pop of shimmer on cushions. For a toned down look, try matte cloths with metallic weaves or embroideries such as the classical designs from new brand Anna French. Great swathes of gold fabric around a large window will add instant glamour – a look which French fabric house Casamance have got plenty for. Whether embroidered, rubbed, woven or rubberised their extensive collection will always add something different.

Our beloved independent designers are still giving us food for thought, and this fish design from Barneby Gates is no exception! Shimmering coral and printed gold fish sit on a deliciously matt, charcoal background. Copper light fittings, brass vases and silverware can be mixed and matched to bring the whole look together. Or for a different take, if subtle metallic hints & accessorising isn't your thing, go straight for a high impact metallic shine to your walls with a paper from the Erica Wakerly collection.

And finally, we’ve just launched products from American brand, Thibaut and you can see why we are excited by this brand. With their metallic textured wallpapers such as Bal Harbour, they ooze the luxury that metallics are all about.

Posted by: Susie Cochrane Tagged as: Trends