I just got back from a leisurely visit to Chicago with friends. Of course I couldn’t visit Chicago without checking out the Merchandise Mart. This historic Design Centre sits on the Chicago River and is full of Art Deco architectural design. Recently the building was taken over by Google, and the residential design showrooms are all newly renovated and moved to the 6th and 11th floors. The whole first floor know as “Luxe Home” is all hard surfaces – tile, flooring, cabinetry, and more! It truly was a treat to spend some design time exploring there! During our weekend, we stayed in the hip Wicker Park neighborhood and shopped the boutiques on N. Damen and Milwaukee. All uber cool and trendy – the shops called Stitch and Roslyn and P45, all showed the same trends, a wave back to warmer metallic and metals. We are stepping away from the cool tones of silver and pewter and loving the luxuriousness of coppers, rose gold, and antique brass.
This is all over the interiors markets – appliance hoods, lighting, and accessories especially. We all want the warmth and old world quality of these metals. And also more importantly, mixing them up. My Grandma Louise had a gold necklace from Italy that was a beautiful combination of these metals. And Rose Gold….does has such a Victorian feel, but it was EVERYWHERE!
Belts, jewelry, clutches – everything. Watch for this trend to hit hard in kitchen hardware, plumbing fixtures, and lighting. I predict that oil-rubbed bronze will be a thing of the past in a few year… except for more rustic and masculine designs, or period designs such as arts and crafts.
Just like everything else, this is a trend, so keep your eyes wide open when going down this path. But warming up your home with these gorgeous metals is a perfect way to transition into Fall. Just like pulling out a copper pot and making a yummy cassoulet tonight for dinner, warmer metals in your home are inviting and welcoming so give it a try!
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