11 March 2012

Sunday special: Decorating with metallics in the home

South Florida interior designer Deborah Wecselman's says, "One touch of metal  instantly adds opulence, timelessness and glamour!"

"Metallic accents are not of-the-moment trends yet traditional elements that add high-shine and a feeling of opulence to any space within your home.  Most consumers are intimidated by lustrous wall items, lighting and table accents – straying away from incorporating metals with the fear of transforming their room into an intergalactic spaceship."

Here are four tips for using what she calls "mega-watt metallics:"

1.  Cleanliness. Metallics lend a clean and minimalist feel by adding a few striking accents.
2.  Accessorizing. As in fashion – too much can be overwhelming. Purchase key pieces – one stand out piece (wall art, ottomans, accent tables or centerpieces) as the headlining embellishment in the room.
3.  Refurbishments. Old chairs, chaises, couches and ottomans can be brought back to life by adding platinum, gold, bronze or silver grommets, metallic arms or feet – accenting details to upholstered items lends an antiquated appearance.
4. Light at the end of the tunnel. Focal points in hallways don't have to start and end with a rug, placing a speckled-silver piece of wall art is a foundation for creativity and a natural light source – "visually"opening up a space.

About Deborah Wecselman
Deborah Wecselman was born in Lima, Peru and began her formal training as design associate in the store development department at Polo Ralph Lauren.  She quickly rose to Senior Director of International Store Design, where she was responsible for the creation of more than 5,000 international shops and stores. In 2000, Deborah established DWD Inc. to provide clients with interior and architectural design of the highest quality. DWD Inc. is a small firm that allows Deborah and her staff to  be their best and be most available to their clients.

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