Shimmer and shine

Metallic finishes can add warmth and beauty to your home’s decor. Whether you decide to go gold, silver, copper or mix them all together, these gleaming tones work in every setting.

Try mixing metallics with black and white for a modern look that softens the hard edges of black-and-white color combinations. If classic is more your style, pair gold or silver with neutral tones, such as gray and beige. A gold picture frame hung on a gray wall is subtle and warm. Silver trays and lamps pair with cool beige, giving it a more fashionable style.

Modest touches of metallic can be introduced into a room through accessories. Spark up a solid color or tweed sofa with metallic accented pillows. Mix and match silvers, gold tones and even colored metallics.

Don’t be afraid to go big and bold. A silver- or gold-leafed ceiling or a stenciled wall could be just the punch you need to liven up a dining room or powder room.

A bedroom can be transformed when metallic furniture is incorporated into the mix. Hooker Furniture has introduced the Montage king poster bed. An exquisite blending of silver and gold, the bed’s champagne-colored metallic finish blends perfectly with contemporary, French or traditional decor.

Metallic transformations can be achieved as easily as picking up a can of spray paint. Unlike some elaborate finishes, metallics are easy to apply. Paint manufacturers have improved their products, so even a beginning decorator can turn a simple side table into a stunning accent piece. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Paint is cheap, and so are discarded side tables and dressers. Lamp bases are easy to transform, as are shades, photo frames and wastebaskets.

You can turn your dining room into a warm and inviting space for entertaining by painting the top half of the room or the ceiling. Remember rag rolling from the ’90s? With metallic paint you can update that look. Start by painting your wall with a silver metallic paint, and then dip a cloth into metallic paint that is a shade lighter or darker than the base coat. Roll the rag across the surface. Experiment on foam core or cardboard before you tackle the wall.

VICKI PAYNE, Charlotte Observer


Free admission at the Arb

Looking for a place to experience the beauty of nature? Or perhaps work off your holiday weight gain? The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is offering free admission every day in January — a $12 savings.

The Arb in Chanhassen boasts 16 miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (snowshoe rentals are available). Or you can walk the groomed paths to see the gardens in winter, or take part in a free yoga session at noon on Jan. 18 in the Fireplace Room in the Snyder Building. (Registration is required, at www.arboretum

Other winter exhibits and activities are available throughout the month. Visit for details.