Creating Emphasis with Metallics

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.

The use of metallic finishes can create spectacular contrast in texture and color. Metallic finishes, such as gold, silver, copper, and bronze, reflect light and attract the eye, which adds a sense of allure to a design. Mankind has been using precious metals to decorate and beautify for thousands of years, and although we have become more economical in many ways – not using 24 karat gold inlay to decorate an entire tabernacle, for example – the use of precious metals today is still as glamorous as it was thousands of years ago.


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.


Gold was the first of the precious metals to be discovered by humans. It was first discovered in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Early uses of gold were most likely ornamental, and it lasted so long without tarnishing or corroding that it was quickly equated with the divination of the gods. In the Bible, God instructed Moses to use pure gold overlay in his tabernacle, and gold also covers the sacred Ark of the Covenant. Biblical scholars have inferred that a very important symbol is at work, here. The biblical theme of gold covering wood represents the pure goodness of God covering over the sinful nature of man (wood). Gold represents purity, and wood represents the impervious and flawed nature of man.
During the famed United States gold rush, thousands of settlers fled out to California and other western states to declare their stock in gold and to become rich off this precious metal. The 1870’s were known as “The Gilded Age”, because it became increasingly common for people to decorate houses, buildings, and objects with gold.

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.

In the home, bronze is a fabulous choice for sculptures, whether they are miniature ones on a bookshelf or a grandiose one in the garden. Bronze sculptures bring an air of history and sophistication to a space. Bronze is also a wonderful choice for light fixtures, and works really well with wintry decorating styles because of its rich, warm aura. It looks beautiful with wood and stone.

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.


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