Design Fixation: Metallic Finishes on Furniture

February 1, 2010

I go through these phases where I obsess over certain design elements and can’t get them out of my head until I incorporate them into my own home in some way. 

Lately, I’m fixated on metallic finishes on furniture.   Whether it’s silver leaf, gold leaf, gilded, antiqued, painted or pearlescent, honey if it shimmers and shines and has great lines, I am drawn to it. 

   

german silver bowfront chest wisteria German Silver Bowfront Chest , Wisteria

 

tara dennis silver leaf chair Silver Leaf chair transformation, Tara Dennis 

 

silver and black chair lordandlama Silver painted chair, Lord & Lama

 

borghese buffet z gallerieAntique Silver Paint & Mirrored Borghese Buffet, Z Gallerie

 

taupepaintnightstand  Taupe and silver painted nightstand, local antique fair

 

silver leaf dresser decorpad Silver Leaf dresser, Decorpad

 

Silver spray painted side table, Craftynest

 

gray and silver nightstand creative.ly Painted silver nightstand, source unknown

 

 lucy willow silver end table Lucy Willow Bombe Chest

 

dorothy draper white laquer cabinet 1st dibs Dorothy Draper lacquer and silver leaf cabinet, 1st Dibs

 

silver chest horchowAmbella Silver Finish Chest, Horchow

 

mirrored chest anthropologie Mirrored & silver finished dresser, Anthropologie

 

hourglass sidetable horchow Aluminum Hourglass Side table, Horchow

 

silver dresser baby changing my lux baby Silver Chelsea Dresser Bratt Decor, Layla Grace

 

baby cradle bratt decor Antique Finish Silver Cradle, Bratt Decor

 

gold gilt silk chair notonhighstreet Gold Gilt Library Chair, NotOnHighStreet

 

 

 

gold leaf chairs decorology nuevo estilo Gold Leaf Chairs, Neuvo Estilo

 

trina_turk_los_angeles_table_dolphin_by_kelly_wearstler_detail Trina Turk Boutique, design by Kelly Wearstler

 

kelly wearstler gold chair and mirror Design by Kelly Wearstler

 

 

 

vintage dresser sfgirlbybay antique silver Distressed Silver Finish Dresser, Fabulous Pieces on Etsy

 

Then there is this incredible pair of nightstands thanks to Jenny over at Little Green Notebook.  You MUST see this tutorial – it’s my absolute favorite transformation that I’ve seen in the past year.

little green notebook silver leaf dresser Silver Leafed Nightstand, Little Green Notebook

 

What are your thoughts on metallic sheens in furniture and accessories ?  Gloriously glamorous, shamelessly shiny, or terribly tacky ? 

I happen to think in just the right space, one shimmery piece can be absolutely fabulous !  Do share your thoughts too.

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