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 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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