|Written by Vivian McInerny|
|Tuesday, January 10, 2012|
Page 4: metallic
Shiny metals bring to mind disco-era glitz and glitter. But burnished bronze, antique silver and aged gold have a sense of history. And old is the new new.
“Metallics started as an accessory trend,” says Portland interior designer Kimberlee Jaynes, “and now are making a broader visual statement in wall coverings, fabrics and art work.”
Jaynes created an entire condo in metallic for a client and the result is as rich as precious metal. One wall is covered with Maya Romanoff wallpaper that looks like a hybrid of concrete and metal. Other walls were sprayed with Benjamin Moore Studio paint in a three-step process resulting in a deep luster. The metallic look continues in the master bathroom with a pewter-color fabric shower curtain that feels like a couture gown. In the hallway, grass cloth with a metallic undercoat subtly reflects light like textured bronze.
“It’s easy to introduce this trend,” says Jaynes. “Reupholster your dining room chairs with burnished metallic fabrics, add metallic throw pillows to your sofa, include a metallic light fixture over the dining room table and inject the wow factor to your powder room with burnished metallic wall coverings.”
Devine Colors paint of Oregon offers Devine Dust, $9 packets of gold or silver minerals to stir into paint for a bit of metallic shine. They recommend two packets per gallon for subtle shine and up to four for more sparkle.
Trepidation about mixing metals should be put to rest. Burnished bronze, gold, silver and copper harmonize beautifully together.