Decorating with metallics


It seems practical bling is in fashion thanks to the assortment of copper saucepans on the High Street which has arrived just in time to make the chef’s Christmas really special. Our love affair with metallics begins from a young age when we notice the value of coinage and sparkle of jewellery, and it continues as we’re seduced by health and beauty benefits from copper bracelets to gold facials.

This season’s look is about a gentle glamour with bronze and copper pieces mixed together. Layer different types of metals with greens and greys to avoid overpowering your scheme. You’re looking for a gentle glow, rather than something which smacks of hours with the Brasso. This is a look that whispers rather than shouts – whether you want to enhance an industrial scheme, which may include upcycled or salvaged pieces, or simply add interest to, or soften, a white period interior. Even if you’re a magpie, remember that that you don’t want to create an Aladdin’s cave of clutter, so be careful about the shapes and sizes of the pieces which may catch your eye.

This season is all about discovering a way to work with the light around your room and draw the eye to places of interest. Metallic photo frames have long been a way of highlighting the value and importance of key people in our lives so try changing the mood with a pink-hued rose gold frame or two as a quick update. If you are tempted to hunt out some antique treasures to brighten up your home hold off the horse brasses unless you want your living room to look like a country pub.

It is also worth noting that copper and brass need TLC as they will develop bright greenblue to grey discolouration if they are left wet or dirty for a while. This is known as verdigris and it is poisonous. If you have any copper or brass cookware, remember that it is not food-safe until it has been cleaned, as you’ll find that verdigris develops in the cracks where moisture collects or drips off a piece of cookware. Check underneath the wire rims and fold of the metal and always make sure your pans are thoroughly dry before you store them away.

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