Great Materials: Warm, Wonderful Pewter
Pewter shines in home accessories, hardware, furniture and beautifully simple accent pieces
Houzz Contributor. Fresh out of journalism school, I fell into decorating media and immediately discovered a new passion. An Atlanta native, I spent several years as an editor for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine before making the leap to national publications and websites such as Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Accents. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, with my husband and son, who’ve gotten used to coming home and finding the furniture rearranged. When I'm not dragging case goods across the floor, I enjoy good food and wine, college football, music of all kinds, and traveling.
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I've always had a soft spot for pewter. Even in its shiniest form, it has a warmth about it that I can't resist, yet it often gets overlooked in favor of its more stately cousin, silver, or newer darlings such as stainless steel and brushed nickel. It's time to revive this underappreciated material, I say. Need convincing? Read on.
One of the greatest things about pewter is how well it lends itself to tarnish, unlike silver, which can look as though you just got a little lazy with the polish. This grouping appears rich against a neutral background.
The intricate detailing on this pewter drawer pull is pitch-perfect with the dainty beading around the inset.
Pewter frames are a fresh alternative to gilt or black.
Pewter nailheads in a bold pattern define a pair of black doors and set the tone for what lies beyond.
A pewter crib adds an appealing old-fashioned note to this nursery.
Pewter on this range hood gives the kitchen a sense of gravitas.
A collection of pewter cups grouped together gets extra oomph from the beautifully nuanced variations in tarnish.
Drill a hole in a pewter serving vessel, and voila! It's a sink.
This composition is as much about texture as it is about materials. The weathered look and heavy detailing of the pewter vase falls right in step with the books and mirror frames.
Ideabook published on Dec. 31, 2011.
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