Color of the Month: Decorating with Bronze

The color bronze may be associated with several different ideas, depending on your lifestyle and thought processes. Try a little mental exercise: what’s the first thing you think when you hear (or read) bronze? Chances are you’ll think of bronze medals (for the sports enthusiast), bronzer (for the makeup artist or, alternatively, the pale one), bronzed skin (for the vacation hopeful), or bronzed shoes (for those of us from a different era). Another alternative: if you’re currently in the home decorating mindset, you may automatically think oil-rubbed bronze, a finish that is not the color of this month.

This month’s Color is that of the metal bronze, a coppery alloy, which is a rich metallic brown (not the more black shade of the trendy oil-rubbed variety). It’s a strong earthy neutral, perfect for the fall and for the return of earth tones (a warmer alternative or complement to the cooler grays that are losing popularity).

Bronze can be shiny or weathered or patinated, painted or tiled or papered – it’s beautiful in every variation and in every room. It’s a warm, welcoming, lively metal that adds a touch of elegance and luxury to the home.

Put bronze in the kitchen – and not just on the hardware – for a homey yet sophisticated effect:

Kitchen by Simpatico Interior Design
Kitchen by Kathleen Bost Architecture + Design

Glam up a bathroom with the vibrant color:

Bathroom by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Bathroom by Helen Scott
Bathroom by Browning Architects Ltd

Add interest and warmth to a living room with a bronze ceiling, fireplace, or even a simple paint job:

Living Room by WA Design Architects
Living Room by My House Design Build Team
Living Room by Hensley Premier Builders

Polish the dining room with strategically-placed touches of bronze:

Dining Room by John Wilkins Inc.
Dining Room by Twist Interior Design

Add opulence to your bedroom:

Bedroom by Minka Interiors
Bedroom by Laura Hay DECOR & DESIGN Inc.

Or use it to create a striking exterior or entry point:

Entry by Helen Hald Architecture
Exterior by Rocky Mountain Hardware

However you use this versatile metal, it’s sure to make a statement.

Adina

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