circle swirls make an exciting lighting statement. Vertigo
Four Light Pendant in Bronze/Gold Leaf finish, $1,431, at
Brookfield’s City Lights Design Studio.
décor follows fashion," says Michael McKinley, partner at the
Milwaukee Design Collection in Milwaukee. "We’ve been seeing
gold and silver purses and shoes for some time. Now we’re seeing
gilded furniture, even silver and gold leather furnishings."
the reason for this trend stems, in part, from the state of the
economy. "The Hollywood Regency movement is extremely popular
right now. It’s glamorous and makes people feel good. As a result,
manufacturers of home goods have capitalized on it." Furniture
lines like Worlds Away, which is carried in McKinley’s shop, are
seeing a surge in popularity, and it doesn’t seem the trend will go
away anytime soon.
craze isn’t just confined to furniture. For years light fixtures
were typically made from ceramic, brass or crystal. Now they are being
designed with different metals and interesting finishes. "New
lighting selections are beautiful and metal finishes are being used
for every style from traditional to high-tech. We are seeing a lot of
chandeliers in bronze and nickel. Many of them have large drum shades,
even on flush mounts. Some have crystals on the shades too. It’s an
exciting trend," says Hank Albert, owner of BBC Lighting in
owner of Brookfield’s City Lights Design Studio, agrees. "Today’s
clients are looking for the ‘wow’ factor in lighting. Metallic
finishes are becoming very prominent. They provide a glamorous,
reflective value that other finishes just don’t provide. We are
seeing these types of fixtures as the focal point of a room’s design
and providing the punch the space needs."
One of the most
unique uses of metals is in textiles. Metallic threads woven into
fabrics and rugs are glamming up a lot of interiors. Metallics provide
anything from a touch of sparkle to downright decadence. In addition
to wallpaper, metallic fabrics, accessories and rugs, Manhattan
Textiles in Wauwatosa carries a full line of metallic interior
fabrics are all the rage and bring a unique designer touch to any
space," says owner Judy Fleming. "The current trend is to
choose ‘glitzy’ metallics for accent pillows and small furniture
pieces, while the subtle look of linen with metallic threads might be
used to dress a window. It’s always fun to put a metallic shag rug
in a powder room. It brings a sense of whimsy to the space. Or
sparkleup your bedroom with metallic shams and a dust skirt."