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In this living room, a round polished-stainless-steel and tempered-glass table looks right at home next to a media console inset with mirror panels.
Sometimes a single piece of chrome in a traditional room can look jarring, so try pairing it with a similarly toned sibling. Three mirrors in shiny chinoiserie-inspired frames hung in a row turn into a graphic design statement.
It may seem counterintuitive to pair cool silver with sunny colors, but that’s the sort of juxtaposition that shows off the metal to its best advantage. Exhibit A: This tubular steel chair covered with waxed and oiled leather in marigold.
Want to make your chrome furniture really pop? Place pieces against a dark gray or black wall, where even a flickering candle will cast a glow and add reflected light to your room.
Even a touch of chrome, like this Art Deco-style lamp with a polished-steel round shade, adds punch to a room. The lamp also illustrates another dynamic design duo--chrome plus acrylic, which is a complementary pairing of heft and lightness.
Don’t have the cash or the nerve to add a large piece of shiny metal to your decor? Start with the small addition of a reflective tray--a sexy upgrade to a coffee table, sideboard or dresser.
Seriously, we’d really look forward to making coffee in the morning if we were greeted by this nickel-plated stainless-steel bowl filled with fruit on our countertop.
When decorating with polished-stainless-steel elements, it’s best to keep lines clean and shapes simple. The perfect illustration is this super-dramatic desk from the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams collaboration with the set decorator for The Good Wife. On the hit series, partner Diane Lockhart, played by Christine Baranski, commandeers her firm from behind this power perch.
Sure, brass has been getting lots of interior design love lately, but we’re seeing another shiny metal capturing the spotlight: chrome. But how do you incorporate plated chromium or polished stainless steel without it looking like a disco throwback?
Finding just the right mix can add glamour to any decor--from modern to traditional and everything in between--as we saw at the new 11,500-square-foot Beverly Hills flagship of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. We took notes on how these tasteful furniture makers (you’ve seen their work in W Hotels and on TV’s The Good Wife) make a room look hot using the coolest of metals. See our tips here.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 242 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-691-7910 or mgbwhome.com
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