Good designers know that having a focal point (or emphasis) is crucial for visual impact. Emphasis can be achieved in several ways – through high contrast, an abrupt change in scale, or skillful choice in color. High contrast can be achieved in numerous ways as well, through color or texture. A green vase, for example, would be more defined in a predominately blue room. A large chandelier is more likely to grab attention than a medium sized light fixture. The skillful placement of metallic finishes with these basic design secrets is a fabulous way to add visual “pop” and add a touch of glamour or sophistication to any space. Metallic finishes are timeless and pair well with almost any color scheme.
There’s something about gold that has captured our imaginations for centuries. It’s warm, exotic, and luxurious. The glow of gold so beautiful that it is one of the most beloved precious metals in the world.
Now gold is making a stellar comeback in fashion, home decor, and furniture. In fact, gold never went out of style in the first place, because of its energetic and warm glow. Gold is classic and brings an air of sophistication to any living space.
In order to get the most glamour out of your golden decor, pair hammered or matte finished gold with rustic woods and organic fibers. This look brings out gold’s natural glow, highlighting it’s more earthy tones. For a more urban, glamorous look, black and gold is a traditional combination that adds sophistication. You can use this combination in an elegant side table or refinish an entire room for high drama and impact. No matter how you use gold in home decor, it packs the “wow” factor. This metal is fit for an Egyptian queen!
Bronze was first made sometime before 3000 BC. In the bible, bronze symbolizes the futile strength of man. All the utensils created in the tabernacle of the book of Exodus were made of Bronze. Goliath wore bronze armor, and the snake Moses made with the instruction of God to redeem his people in faith was made of bronze. Think of bronze too as part of the mud from which God fashioned Adam and Eve – Adam was formed of “clay” in God’s image and likeness.
Bronze has always been widely used for sculptures and art – Prometheus, the golden statue of the floating man in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, is made out of Bronze. So is the pensive statue of David. So is “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years” by Edgar Degas. If these sculptures were made from a different kind of metal, they wouldn’t be the same.
Bronze is famous for its strength and artistic beauty, and it certainly has its useful place in the world. Whether it’s used for making provocative sculptures or lovely hardware, it’s a beautiful choice indeed. The best way to start transitioning your home to Bronze is to start switching out the existing hardware, and you’ll love the warmth that earthy bronze will bring to your home.