After years of walls painted various shades of putty and dove gray, color is making a comeback in home décor. That includes a return to gold-toned accessories that haven't been popular for years.
How did this happen? It seems to be the latest entry in an evolution toward bolder and brassier home styling.
Earlier this year, Pantone, an arbiter of color trends, named tangerine tango, an eye-popping orangey red, its color of the year. That was a shift from a few years when colors of the year were in more pinkish tones. And in recent months, editors of home décor magazines have splashed their pages with rooms outfitted in vibrant blues and pinks.
With this revival of color, suddenly all those polished silver, nickel and pewter accessories that were perfect fits for subdued homescapes now seem so cold.
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It's time to reassess the decorative accessories and fixtures in our homes. Retailers are offering a selection of warm golds, coppers and brass in everything from garden forks to modern wine glasses.
An easy way to introduce gold to a home is with drink ware. The Midas Collection from the modern-style furniture and accessories store Design Within Reach (DWR.com) includes carafes and water and wine glasses ($30 to $85). Pieces, which look as if they've been dipped in a shiny gold and then swirled, would add a fresh dose of style to relaxed summer parties.
For after-dark dinner parties, ceramic Afana votives, $4.95 each at Z Gallerie (Zgallerie.com), sport a warm, copper-color glaze on the inside to deliver a golden glow to the table. Look for them in June online (they can be ordered in advance now) and at the nearest Z Gallerie store, in Louisville's Oxmoor Center.
Items from the new Agrarian collection at Williams-Sonoma were created for the outdoors, but they would work well as quirky yet stylish points of interest inside the home.
The collection offers seeds, chicken coops and various other gardening accoutrements. Among its outdoor tools are hand-forged spades and shovels featuring aluminum bronze — described on Williams-sonoma.com as 94 percent copper — for durability.
The tools are made for gardening, but the lines of the handles and the warm glow of the polished metal give these pieces a sculptural quality suitable to hang along a dining room wall or a back-door mudroom.
In Kentucky, the items are available online only.
For a vintage feel, brass items are a common find at antique shows and consignment shops. Look for a glass-top table with brass frames to use as a mini bar for a retro '70s style, or sleek mirrors bordered in brass to anchor a brightly colored room.