Adding Metallic Elements To A Room

Even though it remains true that neutral colours are the most popular choice when it comes to decorating our homes, more and more people are now looking to more interesting choices. Amongst these, metallic colours – silver, gold, bronze and rose gold, are growing in popularity, particularly when it comes to home accessories. For metallics, the truth for our home echoes the truth for our wardrobes, and whilst we may not want a gold sofa any more than we would be brave enough to wear a gold dress, an accent of metallic – a cushion, a vase or a mirror, could be a beautiful addition to any room.

Here are a few ideas for how to add metallic elements to your room.

Silver Wallpaper

Using a beautiful silver wallpaper for a feature wall is a great way to add style and interest to a living room, or could look wonderful all over a bedroom. Silver wallpaper does not mean foil effects that make you feel like you are traveling in a rocket or some sort of nuclear bunker, rather it can be a cool, beautiful, soft look that has a relaxing effect. I love the Arthouse Bosco Silver Leaf Trail Glitter Wallpaper which has a beautiful fern style effect running through the paper, the perfect way to add a metallic touch to your home.

Metallic Cushions

Metallic cushion designs have become very popular lately, particularly arranged on a bed.  In the 1970s, Biba brought out a range of homewares that were totally Art Deco inspired and often featured gold as a key colour, fast forward to the present day and Biba, now available at House of Fraser, is once again showing how wonderful gold can look in the home. Other companies have also embraced an Art Deco aesthetic, look at this fabulous cushion from JD Williams which could’ve come straight from the set of The Great Gatsby.

A metallic throw

Whether you are covering a sofa or a bed, a metallic throw is a real stylish option that could be a practical way to add shine to a room. Rose Gold is just such a pretty shade with its pinkish tones, and I think this Stylish faux rose gold foil triangles pattern fleece blanket could be a really pretty accessory for any room.

If you’ve ever wanted to add a little sparkle to your room but worried it would be too ostentatious, I hope the ideas above make you have a rethink.

A bathroom makeover with Ocean Loans

A few months ago disaster struck my bathroom. My son had dropped a sponge down the side of the bath. In retrieving it, the hubby found that the floor was absolutely soaking wet, and from this we discovered that a pipe, long hidden behind a wall, had been slowly leaking and had managed to get under tiles, the floorboards and the plaster, causing irreversible damage. Our bathroom, to put it bluntly, was ruined and needed to be completely gutted. It is an understatement to say that the bathroom wasn’t the only thing that was gutted, I was pretty heartbroken.

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The damage to the walls.

The damage to the floor

The damage to the floor

We claimed on our insurance for the floor and the walls, but there were many things we couldn’t claim for that were also damaged during the renovation. Shelving units and individual shelves had been attached to the walls for years and the screws wouldn’t budge, which meant new shelves were needed. There were also items that were just tired and suffering from wear and tear – the toilet roll holder and toilet brush and seat. Luckily, companies like Ocean Loans are able to help with personal loans that can make home improvements easier, even if you are limited to a small budget.

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We managed to create a lovely mirrored area in place of our old bathroom cabinet, using an Art Deco style mirror picked up from Amazon. Also from Amazon, we found a great toilet roll holder and some ornate glass shelves for displaying my favourite L’Occitaine bottles. Victoria Plum was the destination for corner shelves – we opted for minimalist single shelves in place of the previous shelving units.

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The bathroom suite isn’t new, but we did change the toilet seat which did update the loo, and the most amazing bargain was a new toilet brush and holder that was the perfect match to the new tiles, and cost just £2.60 from the Newlife Charity marketplace.

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I was horrified at the thought of having to change my bathroom, but now I love my new space, and with the additional pieces costing just £100, I think this is proof that home improvements can be effective even when they are done on a budget.

 

 

Celebrate your engagement with an antique ring

I am a magpie when it comes to jewellery. This has been true since I was a child when I would play dress up with my moms beads and bangles and it has not abated in my adult life. I think it is true to say that I follow in a long line of magpies – my mom has an extensive and beautiful collection of jewels, and my nan’s bedroom was always a treasuret trove filled with heavy charm bracelets, Sovereign rings and other pieces that could only make my eyes goggle when I was young.

Where I differ from my mother and grandmother is that, in general, my jewellery is of the paste and costume variety. I own only a few pieces that could be considered truly valuable, but one of these pieces is actually one I wear every single day. On my right hand I wear an antique engagement ring. It is a beautiful yellow gold and diamond piece that belonged to my grandmother, which makes its value and provenance so important to me. I know that this was not her original engagement ring – she got engaged just after World War 2 and had a plain band, but that this ring was an antique piece that my grandfather presented her with a few years later. My nan died in 1998 and I have now been wearing this ring for almost 20 years – it is irreplaceable and beautiful and I wouldn’t part with it for all the money in the world.

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If you are getting engaged this year, an antique ring is a beautiful alternative to a High Street jeweller.  Berganza is a reputable dealer in antique jewellery, including engagement rings. The company, based in London’s famous Hatton Garden, is also a wealth of information about vintage and antique pieces, including the key pieces from different styles and era’s, birth stones for each month of the year, and different cuts of stone.

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I think there can be nothing more romantic than sealing your love with an antique ring, one that may have a story of past love behind it. You can find the perfect gift for the one you love by choosing something from their favourite era (for me this would be anything Art Deco), or maybe looking at something that they may have seen on TV (in a series like Downton Abbey or a film like ‘The Great Gatsby’).  You can still set your own budget,  and could maybe even contact Berganza to see if they could find a specific style for you.

For romance with a touch of history, an antique engagement ring is hard to beat.