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Home Decor Trends: Mixed Metals

Mixed metals are “particularly hot right now” according to an article I read in the Wall Street Journal on the Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2015.  LA designer Jamie Bush thinks it looks  “too staged” to match every metal finish in a space. London Designer Kelly Hoppen especially likes mixing warm-toned metals with cool ones.

Vintage Copper Coal boxI agree that mixing metal tones can make a room more interesting and personal. I’ve never been a fan of matchy-matchy furniture, as I said in my blog post on Eclectic Decor. Many of our customers feel the same way – which is why they are such fun to chat with. Our vintage home accents show that people have always mixed metals happily, like this 1950 French vintage coal bucket which blends brass and copper beautifully – plus Delft ceramic handles!

This tasteful house in Boston mixes metals elegantly with various gold and silver tones. The generally neutral furniture and walls (painted with Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige, 975) create a subtle canvas for the metal elements to shine. The old re-gilded mantel mirror is traditional for 19th century homes in the area.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Our client Natalya S. also mixed metallic tones in her kitchen to create great visual texture. Natalya bought the carved antique buffet from us and you can read more about her kitchen furniture and decor in my Antique Renaissance Buffet in California Client Spotlight.

This Florida house built in 1926 is on the Historic Register. It was renovated, right down to the bathroom with mixed metal finishes. The gold-framed mirrors look wonderfully opulent against the chrome/silver faucets, cabinet hardware, and what looks like a silver-toned chandelier. If the entire bathroom were gold… it could be a bit over the top! Too much silver or chrome might make it too cold. The gold mirrors warm it up. These gilded mirrors were custom made but they look similar to some of our gilded antique-inspired mirrors.

The layering of different metal tones can create many different effects from a welcoming glow to sophisticated chic. Play with the cool metal tones of silver, pewter, chrome, nickel, aluminum and steel, and mix in the warmer metal tones of gold, copper, bronze and brass. Black wrought iron works neutrally to befriend any metals.  I hope you enjoy mixing your metals, whether it’s a trend or not!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Create Your Perfect Outdoor Room with Antique and Vintage Furnishings

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A classic American patio with vintage metal furniture.

The “outdoor room” craze arguably started about 10 years ago and shows no signs of letting up. And why should it? We all love to live outdoors as much as possible, so why devote less time planning and executing a beautiful outdoor living space than you do for your interior design?

Happily, you can take your passion for antique and vintage furnishings outdoors with you. Well, I’m not suggesting you let your fine French antique buffet sit outside in the rain, but you definitely can incorporate antique and vintage furniture and accessories into your sunroom, patio, or garden design. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Vintage rattan furniture creates an inviting space in this cozy sunroom.

Vintage rattan furniture creates an inviting space in this cozy sunroom.

This sunroom uses vintage rattan furniture to great effect. In a cozy, sunny corner, this rattan dining set looks appealing and inviting. If you can’t find antique rattan furniture, you can shop our selection of high-quality reproduction furniture to give your own sunroom a tropical feel. It’s not exactly an outdoor room, but it’s a room that certainly brings the outdoors in.

 

 

 

 

 

Metal is the obvious choice to weather the elements year-round.

Metal is the obvious choice to weather the elements year-round.

A defined patio space makes a great outdoor room. If your living space is exposed to the elements, vintage metal furniture works very well to furnish it. These old gliders and chairs retain their shabby appeal despite the weather. Wrought iron table bases topped with potted plants make for a creative display. I also love the way this homeowner uses an old metal basket atop a metal rolling cart to show off a collection of succulents. While this patio uses vintage American garden furniture, you can hunt down great old antique French iron garden benches and seats if you sleuth hard enough.

Take your shabby or cottage design scheme outside by using an old wrought iron garden gate to set the tone for your outdoor space.

Take your shabby or cottage design scheme outside by using an old wrought iron garden gate to set the tone for your outdoor space.

For your shabby or cottage style outdoor room, an old wrought iron gate can set the tone. You can use a vintage gate or door as a functional item or for simple decorative purposes. An old farm door propped against a fence makes a lovely backdrop for flowers. And don’t forget how great weathered galvanized tubs work as planters! Hot pink geraniums look particularly spectacular against the gray-and-rust tones of galvanized metal.

 

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a "wow" piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a “wow” piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

When creating your outdoor room, don’t forget to add a spectacular centerpiece. Antique or vintage bird baths or fountains make a great statement in any garden. You can design your seating around the water feature or allow guests to meander down a path to discover it — along with your beautiful flower borders.

If you’ve created a great outdoor room that incorporates antique or vintage furnishings, we’d love to feature it on this blog! Send us your photos.

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!