The sophisticated sister to glitter, metallic hues add instant sunshine to a space. Whether you settle into silver, gold, brass, steel, or more than one, the impact is always posh. Always-on-trend, metallics can create balance and add dimension, texture, and shine. We’re featuring this polished gild for our color of the month, just in time for your holiday décor planning. ‘Tis the season for festive shimmers and warm additions with mega-watt metallics. We’ve got the inside scoop and some easy tips to make your home shine (while avoiding futuristic gaud) with a must-have metallic palette.

Jonathan Adler Rose Gold Bar Cart

Add a festive splash of sparkle to your holiday entertaining with a metallic bar cart. Rose gold is a shade that matches everything, and this versatile bar strikes a perfect balance between fashion and function. Oh what fun!

Antique Silvered Metal “Prince” Chair

Mixing textures of the same hue makes such a stylish impact. This 20th century, hand-carved chair blends silk upholstery with silver sheathing for maximum appeal. The neutral palette also lets you amp up a room’s design without adding additional colors. If your space needs some texture or shine, this small dash of silver is the foolproof answer.

France & Son Round Sculptural Dining Table

Metals demand attention, which means you want to accessorize sparingly to avoid going overboard, especially while trying to create a cohesive look with metallic holiday pieces. The easiest way to create impact with a shimmery standout while maintaining a minimalist approach is by applying a metallic focal point. Here, bold brass is made light and airy with a structural cut and glass tabletop. It’s a perfectly executed balancing act.

Michael McHale Designs Istanbul Suspension Light

Metallic hues don’t exclusively lend themselves to full-glam design. This steel frame Turkish-style suspension light is eclectic, artistic, eye-catching, and adds a heavy dose of bohemian energy to any space. Plus, in the right atmosphere, these starry mosaic glass and metal bulbs offer up a subtle snowflake motif, just in time for the holidays!

Louis XVI Style 19th Century Bouillotte Lamp

One trick to metallic decorating is to start small. Whether you’re working in a tight space or are just dipping your toes in this trend, adding a unique lamp is an easy way to introduce metals to your look. We also love how the flatness of the paper lampshade adds emphasis to the bronze and lets it stand out all on its own.

Rococo Giltwood Portrait

Still feeling overwhelmed? Toss in a simple design to achieve a subtle yet striking look with one high-impact accent. Frames are one of the most traditional metallic furnishings, and they deliver the full effect without making you dive in head first. Gilded wood is ideal for a commitment-phobe because this type of metallic is considered a neutral, making it easy to work into any room, regardless of the color scheme or design style.

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