Stage it With Shine: Add Some Bling to Your Spaces

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Grays have been catching on in more interiors this year and so has the color’s “flashier cousin” – silver, which is becoming a popular accent color in 2014, according to the Paint Quality Institute’s latest color forecast. Silver is adding some sparkle to rooms, through shimmering fabrics and reflective glassware to even kitchen backsplashes and furniture.

Silver can be an attention-getting touch to liven up a space’s interior.

“Metal tiles gained popularity in the past decade or so with the explosion of stainless steel kitchen appliances, and stainless steel tiles were [and still are] great harmonizers,” writes Karen Egly Thompson, an interior design writer  and contributor for Houzz. “However, they’ve also made their way out of the kitchen – and all that glitters isn’t always stainless steel. Tiles are available in different metals, including bronze, copper, and titanium, as well as different surfaces, such as brushed, polished, and textured.”

HGTV devotes a web page for inspiration around the “heavy metal” look and how to mix the metal finishes in furniture, fabric, and lighting to add shine and texture to a space.

Metallic finishes are everywhere from metal-toned lamp shades to the detailing in fabrics and throw pillows. Brass is also making a comeback in the metal arena. But you might want to still hold off on swapping out all those light fixtures for brass and keep the trend reserved to accessories, for now. The trend is evident, though, as more accessories take on a vintage gold look, such as in mirror frames to gold curtain rods.

Some gold and silver touches may just be the modern touch to bring a room more up-to-date. For example, designer Laura Kirar describes a Corsage Vintage Brass Lamp to House Beautiful as not just a lamp accessory but  a “jewelry accent” to dress up a room.

You can also see the metallic trend popping up in more photos on Houzz. Here are a few.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Melissa – I agree that gold and silver metallics can provide a nice pop, especially in combination with contemporary decor. Here is a recent project we did where this is the case.


  2. Dawn

    Yes!!! Love Silver and Metals as accent colors in a home- many times they are unexpected- and it takes some guts to go for it and bring it together. The payoff is well worth it as the effect is very often just what you need to have potential home owners say WOW! upon entering the space!!

  3. Love it when I see metal brought into living areas and bedrooms! One of the stagers I work with regularly mixes all sorts of accessories into homes including this master bedroom:

    It’s so warming and welcoming, and really grabs the buyers’ attention when they walk through!

  4. A photo says it all. Definitely, you need to stage no matter how decorative you may be, your taste may not be what potential buyers like.

  5. A well staged home with the right colors can do wonders for the overall appeal of the home. Butter like colors can add warmth in any season