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Metallic Paint for a Fun, Modern Look

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By : Fiona Creech    99 or more times read
When considering paint for traditional decor, there are many different sources for inspiration for your design. Television shows, product catalogs, books, websites, and decor magazines are just a few of the sources that we use to draw inspiration for our decor. Because of the long and very much documented history of traditional decor, it is a simple matter to get a great, traditional look in any room. But when it comes to contemporary decor that has been around since the seventies or so, ideas are harder to come by. One great way to get a modern and contemporary look that is not overwhelming is with the use of metallic paint on your walls.

Light and Bright

What sets metallic paint apart is its unique reflective abilities. This is due to the reflective particles in the paint. These particles can work to brighten your space simply by reflecting the light in the room, both natural and artificial light. And while contemporarily styled homes typically have an open floor plan, this paint can be used in a traditional setting to brighten the space while adding to its modern look. Metallic paint is invariably a great option or the teenager’s bedroom if the room faces to the south or north. This will give the room a modern flair and style while also working to lighten up the walls within the space.

Choices in Metal

In considering metallic paint, you may think about silver – which is a very popular metallic shade. But while silver is popular and common when it comes to metallic, there are many other shades to choose from. Traditional gold, silver, and bronze are the most popular and make up the top three choices. It is also possible to buy these specific shades in a matte formulation, which will give a more dramatic look, although the shine and the shimmer of metallic paint is a much more sought after option.

Unique Colors

It is also possible to blend unique colors of metallic paint. One popular blend is pink metallic paint. Unique colors are made by simply adding flecks of mica to your chosen paint shade, instantly creating a fun, shiny, shimmering color. You can find mica flecks in the paint aisle of your home improvement store or paint store. Adding this shimmer to your paint can make all the difference when painting a contemporary room, even a room that does not have any metal in its color palette. Avoid limiting your choices to the main thee metal shades and you will see that there are limitless possibilities for using metallic paint in your decor.

Metal glaze is also a good option that can be applied as a coat over regular paint to create a subtle finish on your walls that reflects light. For best results, select a base shade that is related visually to the metallic glaze that you choose. For example, you might select a base of yellow and then top it off with a glaze that contains golden flecks.
Top designer and writer, Fiona Creech of, has many ideas for bringing style to your home with deer and elk metal wall art and sunburst metal artwork.

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