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Metallic Musings

Indulge the magpie in you, and work some metallic magic into your scheme - whether bright modern metallics, vintage-tinged shine, or a metallic hint here and there...

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Darjeeling Darling Teapot Ceiling Light: £99. Burberry Prorsum image, VogueRipped Chest: £695.
Bijou Side Table: £245. Twisted Table in Aluminium: £275. Classic Radiators in new Metallic finishes, Bisque.
Glamour Girl Gold Cube: £145.

Modern metallics are an instant mood-lifter in a room. Think sharp lines, unusual shapes, tonnes of different tones from the yellowest of bright and luxurious golds through to current metallic shades of choice for many interior design houses right now, coppers and brasses. Coloured metallics are pure fun - metallic hot pinks, electric blues, all with a foil finish are fabulous for smaller accessories - table lamps, pendant lights or a collection of vases on the end of a console table for example. According to Vogue, "Lustrous foils, precious-metal prints, iridescent fabrics and holographic finishes brought glitter, gleam and gloss to the catwalks" at London Fashion Week. There's no reason why this can't have the same effect on a room of white painted furniture - a stool in bright gold faux leather buttoned upholstery like our Glamour Girl Gold Cube can look like a seriously expensive piece of designer furniture when placed cleverly alongside a traditional French style antique white console table and French Louis style carver chair with linen upholstery. It's an eclectic combination of contrasting finishes, textures and styles, a brave design choice, like an image straight out of the pages of Elle Decoration!

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Miss Lala's Gold Looking Glass: £395. Acanthus Candle Holding Wall Sconce: £55. Madame Butterfly Cabinet: £625. Versailles Dainty Gold Bedside Table: £230. Mulberry image, Vogue.

Vintaged shine, so aged, distressed and slightly dulled brassy golds, can often be the final flourish that a room requires - that finishing touch that looks like you've scoured the French antique fairs for and brought back to life with some serious elbow grease and re-wiring, but actually you've clicked a few buttons and received it/them in a delivery from us! French bedrooms with shabby chic furniture - a white dressing table with chalky matt distressed paintwork and a naturally-textured linen upholstered dressing stool sat at it will look stunning and complete with a pair of Acanthus Candle Holding Wall Sconces on the wall to the left and right of the dressing table mirror. There's something about distressed metallic pieces that gives them a treasure-like quality - as though they're steeped in some glamorous history, ready to be re-invented to create the chicest of sophisticated Parisian apartment-style schemes.

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La Table de Rouen Dressing Table: £495

Even the slightest of metallic hints can perk up a space. Whether it's the gold lining on a lampshade to give an extra glow in a dark corner, or metallic embellishment on a bedspread folded out across some crisp grey bed linen, metallic just adds a glimmer of interest, a quirkiness to a serious and coordinated scheme of matt finishes. French style furniture, with its beautiful carved detailing, can always benefit from some further embellishment - a gold-edged dressing table like our La Table de Rouen Dressing Table for example is finished in the richest of turquoise blues which is  irresistible as it is, but that hint of gold along the edges, is magical.

Now where's that gold leaf champagne?!

Author: , Managing Director, The French Bedroom Company

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