As mentioned in our previous blog post, today’s brass metallic trend originated in the 1970s. Here’s a look at ways you can translate the trend from retro to modern-day chic:
Orange & Yellow vs. Black & Neutral
In the 70s, metallic elements were mixed with the colors orange & yellow, and wall coverings were geometric in nature. Presently, the overarching theme is to mix brass with black and other neutral colors, as you’ll see in most of the updated looks. Here it is also combined with natural elements like basket weave wicker. Use black fabrics with texture, such as silk and leather, and accent with brass lamps & shelving.
Full-On Deep Bronze vs. Soft Gold Accents
Popular architect & interior designer Warren Platner, whose work is pictured on the left below, created extravagant decor throughout the 1970s that utilized brass, gold leaf, fur and dimly-lit areas. Today’s adaptation features natural lighting, soft metallic accents, and unique 70s-esque brass wall sculptures. Once again, a mix of natural elements like wood, sisal, and fabrics with rough finishes freshen the look.
Bold & Angular vs. Delicate & Intricate
In the 70’s, bold, angular patterns containing bronze, gold and brown were all the rage. Patterns like these often continued from the walls to furniture, as seen in the bed pictured below, for a kaleidoscopic effect. For 2013, we’re seeing more delicate patterns with intricate details, such as metallic embroidery and brushed plaid wallpaper, being used. While there are still angular elements, they are done in a more refined manner, like in the warm brass floor lamp.
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