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by Kate Smith

A childhood love of color turned into a college-age fascination with the interaction of colors, then into a career of color trend forecasting and product development. Today, Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH, is president and chief color maven at Sensational Color, a company that provides color knowledge and know-how to corporations primarily in the home industry. Kate is an inspirational keynote speaker and seminar leader, blending color theory and psychology into entertaining and informative talks that bring color to life.

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  • Any room can seem just a bit more glamorous with the addition of just a little gliz. Adding a touch of shimmer, shine, gleam, and glow to your home has never been easier nor more affordable.

    Above, a simple wall takes on a glamorous new look with a coat of metallic paint in a rich golden hue. Adding in other metallic touches like the candlesticks and the silver mint julip cup just serves to gild the lily.
  • Even everyday dinners can become that much more rich with subtle layers of mixed metals amping up simple white dishes.
  • There are many more gorgeous muted metallics that are sophisticated without being too shiny making them much easier to live with. Make a real statement with a metallic wallpapers. A touch of silver or hint of gold is sometimes all it takes. Use metallic wallpaper or paint in your powder room  to create a tiny jewel box look. Paper the back of bookshelves or cabinets to give them that wow factor or add shimmer to your dining room by papering the ceiling.

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    A stainless steel coffee table in your living room can live alongside with your grandmother's weathered sidetable and a set of aluminum chairs can circle a rustic farm table on your patio.  Metallic finishes allow you to put a modern twist on any style.

  • In your bathroom a wall of stainless metallic tiles behind your tub screams ultra modern while a handcrafted bronze sink quietly speaks of old world charm.
  • Not all metallics have to be elegant or new. The patina of an aged metal piece is part of its charm. Galvanized or even rusted pieces bring unique character to spaced both indoors and out.

    Find copper tray for your kitchen, walk across a pewter-toned rug, slumber under a duvet cover embellished with silver threads or flip the switch on a new brass light.

    However you decide to add a touch of metallics, it will be a dose of pure alchemy.

    - Kate
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