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How metallic accents can pull your interiors together

The addition of luxe metallic textures and finishes is not something new in interior designing. But the huge difference is the choice of metallic finish in this year’s design trends – a little less copper and rose gold, and more brass. Brass is one of the most sophisticated shiny tones. It is a texture that grows on you. When used the right way, brass furniture pieces, mirrors and accessories help to add a luxurious touch to any room.

Homeowners are constantly looking for flexible and dynamic ways to dress up their spaces. Materials like wood, glass, stone and metal won’t lose their value. Instead, the innovation and creativity lie within the strength and unique qualities of the materials when they are put together as a complete ensemble.

Antique and rustic metal textures are still being highly sought-after since the retro trend is still in demand. Terrazzos are also great to pair with shimmering textures of brass and copper. Mixing brass with marble is also an on-trend feel for lighting and furniture design this year. The possibilities with brass and other metallic finishes are endless. Here are ways to incorporate these gleaming tones – gold, antique silver, brass, copper, bronze and rose gold – into the interiors of your home — without looking over the top.

(Featured image: Pavilion Broadway)

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Balance with Colour

There are plenty of choices with it comes to metallic finishes – copper to rose gold, antique silver to brass. Use solid colour palettes to accentuate the metallic shades; whether it’s with fabrics on throws and pillows or painted surfaces on the wall. Soft pink and scarlet red go very well with brass while emerald green and royal blue complement perfectly with gold. (Credit: Sainsbury’s Home)

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Lamps and Lighting

Light fixtures and lamps are the perfect way to inject a new trend into a room. You don’t need to invest in expensive larger furniture pieces. A simple touch of brass or copper can be achieved using pendant lighting or even a minimalistic floor lamp. Choose one that is unique as the feature piece in your living space. (Credit: Brabbu)

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Mix with Marble

Having too much metallic sheen can be slightly too kitsch sometimes. Balance the glare with marble to add an easy-to-look-at vibe to the space. You can go for real marble tops on side drawers or coffee table, or even a faux marble texture on accessories or paintings to pair with your metallic pieces. Marble is best combined with brass, copper and gold.

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Gloss and Matte

Quirky metallic vases are perfect to subtly add some shine to your home interiors without looking too overwhelming. Play around with textures and shapes to give a unique spin to your décor arrangements. Combine these glossy items with solid matte black ones to create a good balance between the two contrasting textures.

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Go all Out

If you’re looking for a ‘wow’ factor to luxe up your living room, try metallic on the ceiling for a change. Gold cornices against a dark coloured ceiling give a strong visual impact while antique brass textures ground the space with conviction and drama. Either way, balance the theatrics with simplistic furniture pieces and solid-coloured walls. (Credit: Brabbu)

How metallic accents can pull your interiors together

Martin Teo


Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. On his free time, he finds time scouring through the latest cafes in search for the best croissant in the city.


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