ENTERTAINING, HOLIDAY decorations | November 22, 2010

Holiday Decorating: Mixing Metals

Metallic silver and gold holiday tabletop

Once a style faux pas, wearing jewelery accessories in multiple metallic shades is a relatively recent trend. Cruise your favorite shop this season and you won’t have trouble finding layered necklaces, cuff bracelets and bold cocktail rings that pair gold, platinum, pewter and bronze tones for a luxe look.

The mixed metal trend works just as well when it comes to holiday decor. Metals marry well because they’re essentially neutral shades. They help to add the drama, sparkle and elegance of the season – just think of them as the “jewelery” of your Christmas decorating scheme.

For an over-the-top, opulent look, pair gold and silver together, as seen in this tabletop by Hostess with the Mostess. Dress up everyday white china by layering inexpensive gold chargers and chunky metallic napkin rings. Use garland and simple glass balls in matte and reflective shades to add texture to the table.

silver and gold holiday decorations for your tree and stairway

On a smaller scale, one could imagine this gorgeous gold garland as a statement necklace; instead it makes a statement in this entryway spotted on Style At Home. The neutral decor is the perfect canvas to layer sparkling silver accents both on and under the tree.

Silver topiary Christmas tree

This simple white tabletop topiary offers multiple branches to mix metallic ornaments for a contemporary version of the traditional tree. It looks modern on its own and when matched with other metallic accents on a mantle.

Metallic Creatures

If you’re opting for a more natural holiday theme, you can still add a bit of glitz with warm bronze tones. This Metallic Leaf Garland from Crate & Barrel can be dressed up or down with gold and silver tabletop accents. Something tells me these sequined creatures would be right at home tucked amongst the leaves.

How will you mix metallic finishes in your holiday decor?

SOURCING:
+ Gold and Silver Shimmer Tabletop Tutorial from Hostess with the Mostess
+ Silver and Gold Stairway from Style At Home
+ David Stark Twig Topiary $39 USD at West Elm
+ Metallic Leaf Garland $39.99 at Crate & Barrel
+ Sequin Animals $25 at West Elm

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