Metallic Accents With James Treble

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The luxe look is back. Think 70s – dark wood, sculptural forms and rich gold accents. We’re injecting a little glam into our lives. And with the focus on dining, it’s all about metallic mood. James Treble, celebrity designer, shows us how.

“Golds and coppers have made a huge comeback,” James says. “They make a Monday night dinner feel like a special occasion. Today, we’re feeling a bit more positive about the world economically. This look represents the power of a bit of bling in our lives. It says, it’s okay to celebrate the everyday.”

Follow these steps to get the look.

ESTABLISH A BALANCED AESTHETIC

This look leans towards the formal – it’s understated yet stylish. Pairing reflective finishes with the warmth of the wood gives the room an inviting sense of luxury. The emphasis is on balance. Every item in the room has its place.

“This is quite a structured, rather than a free, room,” James explains, “even the furniture is quite square and structured.”

Think simple yet elegant rather than brash and busy.

Our gorgeous model places the Maxwell & Williams Diamante Gold Hollow Stem Flutes in place.

EXPLOIT THE BEAUTY OF DARK WOOD

The organic textures of dark wood both anchor and add contrast within this scheme.

James says, “Gold and copper accents work really well with the rich timber tones in teak and walnut. We’ve offset this with the dark hues of the armchair, the black napkins and this amazing feature wall. The dark colours let the golds punch and jump.”

OPT FOR A VERSATILE DINING SUITE

With their sleek lines and solid form, the Soundslike HOME Vintage Rectangle Dining Table and Vintage Sideboard are timeless classics and infinitely adaptable. This was an important consideration for James.

“Trends change, colour schemes change, but this dining suite and this sideboard will last for twenty years and go with all of them. These are a great investment.”

DON’T LET COMFORT BOW TO STYLE

The furniture creates the frame for your décor. And sure, you want to get the look right. But comfort and creating a usable space is the priority.

“The square, sculptural form of the Soundslike HOME chairs looks hard, but the seat is slightly reclined to the rear and it’s a very comfortable dining chair.”

The Soundslike HOME Dining Suite will adapt to any number of aesthetics.

INTRODUCE LUXURIOUS LIGHT PLAY

James says, “Metallic in the right place bounces light. It add an instant glamour to the smallest, most insignificant space.” Enhance the atmosphere with additional table lamps or the soft flickering light of candles.

Here the two lamps cast beautiful shadows on the walls, their light captured and reflected in the mirror.

“You want to turn the tone down,” James says. “Enjoy the company. Enjoy the food.”

ADD A GEOMETRIC PIECE OR TWO

The Amalfi Facet Stool adds both visual interest and versatility to your space. As well as serving as a stool and side table, it is a decorative accent in itself. In addition, the Vortex Bowl as centrepiece becomes a feature within the room.

“Every room needs balance. You balance things in colour, you balance things in pattern. In this room I don’t have very much pattern which makes the geometric lines in the side table and the centrepiece jump. The bowl becomes almost a sculpture because there’s nothing to compete.”

COMBINE CONTRASTING TEXTURES

A rug always dresses up a space. James feels that the floor is often overlooked within a home. Here the Ginger & Paul Fade Designer Rug works to temper the hard surfaces of the furniture and décor. Similarly the luxurious colour and fabric of the fur throws adds richness and softer lines. “It’s also balancing the depth and the richness of the carpet,” James says.

CONTINUE THE GOLD HIGHLIGHTS IN YOUR DECOR ACCESSORIES

Pick up the gold theme in your dinnerware and barware – the Toledo Dinner Set carries through our black and gold theme. “The gold rim on the glasses adds a bit of wow – champagne flutes always make a statement. And the ice-bucket is 24ct gold plated. I think that’s just stunning. It’s very James Bond.”

The Faux Croc Placemats work in contrast, adding intriguing and rich textures.

And the lemons?

“The lemons are a play. They work with the gold, they smell great, and they’re a conversation piece.”

James’s tip: Create a striking centrepiece from fruits and vegetables.

“When we have dinner parties, we don’t actually have cut-flowers but we’re likely to buy artichokes or eggplants or some unusual vegetables or fruits and have them in the middle of the table because it creates conversation and it makes you cook with them the following week. They make a strong and imaginative addition to your décor.”

AND NOW FOR THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE…

“The dynamic that’s not here, of course, is food. The clean lines of this presentation leave space for the meal to become the star.”

La voila! You’ve got the look. See our cheatsheet to shop this style.

Thanks, James! You’re the bomb! We heart you.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.