brass metallic trend then and now

The Look of Metallics: Then & Now

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.

Vintage 1970s brass look compared to 2013 brass trend interior decor
Photos via http://www.mikkipedia.net & http://www.decorpad.com
Cole & Son Geometric Metallic Wallpaper Hicks Hexagon-Black And Gold CS 66/8056
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Hicks Hexagon – Black Gold
Schumacher Faux Leather Brisa - Black Onyx
Schumacher Fabric – Brisa – Black Onyx
Fabricut Black Silk Fabric Luxury Silk - Onyx 1749430
Fabricut Fabric – Luxury Silk – Onyx

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.

Photos via www.dwell.com & www.casacara.wordpress.com
Photos via http://www.dwell.com & http://www.casacara.wordpress.com
Highland Court 180998H-285 Grey Black
Highland Court – 180998H – Grey Black
Scalamandre Wallpaper Sisal Metallic - Sunset g1194-004
Scalamandre Wallpaper – Sisal Metallic – Sunset
Kravet Jetset Sparkle Gold Metallic Fabric
Candice Olsen for Kravet Fabric – Jetset – Sparkle

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.

Vintage 1970s brass look compared to 2013 brass trend interior decor
Photos via http://www.homejelly.com & http://www.thelennoxx.wordpress.com
Schumacher Metallic Wallpaper Brushed Plaid - Gilded Teal Sch 5005784
Schumacher Wallpaper – Brushed Plaid – Gilded Teal
Pindler & Pindler Fabric Germaine - Onyx Pdl 3830-Onyx
Pindler & Pindler Fabric -Germaine – Onyx
Duralee Fabric 15358-324 Goldleaf
Duralee Fabric – 15358 -Goldleaf
Robert Allen Fabric Four Quarters - Black Sand
Robert Allen Fabric Four Quarters – Black Sand
Fabricut Fabric Fixer - Onyx 3497802
Fabricut Fabric – Fixer – Onyx

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