Silver Splashes Add Dash to Rooms
For a glint of glamour or a dose of dimension in your interior decorating, just look on the bright side
Color is great, but if you're looking to add something eye catching to the room, nothing makes a statement like a splash of silver. Silver creates a spot of contrast in a neutral room while still blending with its surroundings and, when it comes to adding glamour without looking gaudy, silver is a safe bet. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate a splash of silver into any home.
Adding a silver faucet is a no-brainer, but a silver sink? So cool! While a splash of silver can stand out and pull the eye to it, an entirely silver palette has the opposite effect, creating a calming, cohesive look.
Silver faucets and pulls are great choices for bathrooms, and this silver pot adds a bit of unexpected shimmer. Achieve a similar look by buying an inexpensive terra-cotta pot and spraying it with a high-gloss silver spray paint. It looks great when it's just painted but also maintains a unique feel when the paint begins chipping and the terra-cotta starts to show through, giving it an aged appearance.
A gorgeous vignette can make a room. Too much silver can feel cold, but mixing materials and shades and making sure the walls add warmth balances everything perfectly. The sheen on this alligator-print fabric is fabulous and adds dimension with pattern.
Metallics on the wall are a fabulous way to add shine. This beautiful backsplash is an ideal way to tie together the stainless appliances and hardware. For the look of silver on the wall without committing to the tile work, silver paint or textured paper is a great compromise, especially on walls with a flaw or two. The shine detracts from the imperfection, leaving a smooth look.
Nothing makes a room like light, light, light. Using lamps in the kitchen is something we haven't seen often, but it's such a great idea if you have the space. The choice of silver lamps is so effective here, lending the kitchen a hint of glamour.
Sconces are a wonderful way to add extra light in a bathroom. Darker metals can look heavy, so if an airy look is what you're trying to achieve, a silver sconce is your best bet.
One of the best uses of a splash of silver is to break up a block of color. Wood knobs on this wooden chest would be boring, but these fun silver pulls give it new life.
Few things add glamour like mirrored furniture trimmed in silver. This is such a great choice for a little girl's room because it will carry her from diapers to Disney princesses all the way to eyeliner.
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Ideabook published on March 27, 2012.
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