In case you missed the big announcement a few weeks back….. I’m expecting – that chrome will be a big trend this year. Haha, I hope I didn’t give you a Monday morning heart attack but, I had to make sure I had your full attention before we dive into all things chrome and why this once totally overused and mainstream metal is now coming back in fresh new ways and how much we love it.
For those of you that have been pinning with your eyes closed, brass has been the reigning metallic for the last little while when it comes to home decor. Although we love it, and I have used it all over my house, some of the brass that has now been coming into the market is feeling a little oversaturated. Don’t get me wrong I still love brass, it is totally timeless and I will continue to use it in my own home and other projects. BUT, there is a big difference between something that is painted a shiny brass color intending to look like brass vs a beautiful raw brass that will age and patina as it used. It’s like Jane Doe showing up to the Oscars wearing a Meryl Streep mask and heels. It might fool you for a second, but no imposter will ever be as beautiful, timeless, or classic as the original.
A few weeks ago we introduced the trend and to our surprise everyone was very positive about it coming back in style. We aren’t quite sure if that is because a lot of you are over brass, copper, and the warmer tones of those metals, or if a lot of you already have chrome in your homes and this announcement finally means I will start giving some love to what you already have vs talking about how much I love brass.
Because chrome is not a style or trend like “Parisian Art Deco” or “California Casual” which we have already introduced and covered on the blog, it means that it can be used in almost every single style or room. So we scoured the market/internet/stores to pull together some of our very favorite options in the lighting category for you.
Let’s start with the easiest way to adopt it into your own decor – table lamps.
1. Marble Accent Lamp | 2. Bell Table Light | 3. Glacier Desk Lamp | 4. Flos Table Lamp | 5. Modern Arc Table Lamp | 6. Stockholm | 7. Ashling Table Lamp | 8. Collet Table Lamp | 9. Leah Mini Table Lamp | 10. Attwood | 11. Byron | 12. Coralvine Desk Lamp | 13. Marble Task Lamp | 14. Armendariz Table Lamp | 15. Jamie Table Lamp | 16. Panthella Table Lamp | 17. Arched Table Lamp | 18. Giselle Table Lamp | 19. Carlo Table Lamp | 20. Fiona Table Lamp | 21. Gris Table Lamp | 22. Austin Table Lamp | 23. Berlino | 24. Arpel Table Lamp
I love and have used SO many of these, but when using chrome in your decor it is important to bring it in and pepper it around the room. That means if you bring in a table lamp then bring in some other item that has chrome in it to help balance it into your existing decor. That could be with a pair of candlesticks, a small box, some chrome accents on your furniture, or even a chrome base to your chair.
You also shouldn’t be scared of mixing metals like you see below. Mixing a few different metals is ok, mixing 4-5 metals is not. So keep your choices refined and feel free to mix brass, and chrome like below and accent with different colors. But to keep your place from feeling like a metallic candy store steer clear of pulling copper, brass, nickel, chrome, oil rubbed bronze and stainless steel into the same space.
Next up we have floor lamps. The same rules apply for these floor lamps – try to bring in the color elsewhere in the room and to help balance out the cooler tone of the metal, bring in some warmer tones next to it. I would buy #2 in a heartbeat, #4 is so pretty in person for the price, and if you lean more traditional then #15 could work for you.
1. Gero Task Lamp | 2. Donna Floor Lamp | 3. Arco Floor Lamp | 4. Stockholm | 5. Tyrone Floor Lamp | 6. Sullivan Task Floor Lamp | 7. Adjustable Floor Lamp | 8. Maverick Marble Floor Lamp | 9. Stockholm White Shade | 10. Omicron Floor Lamp | 11. IC Task Floor Lamp | 12. Petite Arc Metal Floor Lamp | 13. Studio Swing Arm Floor Lamp | 14. Corbe Task Floor Lamp | 15. Eupen | 16. Cumberland | 17. Buckner Floor Lamp | 18. Miles Floor Lamp | 19. Berkshire Floor Lamp | 20. Winchendon Tree Lamp | 21. Bell Floor Light | 22. Losh Task Lamp | 23. Collet Floor Lamp | 24. Hambly Task Floor Lamp
Up next is what happens on the places where you might have to call a professional to help with the installation: wall sconces, and ceiling lighting.
Some of these do come with white or black incorporated into them, but when it comes to ceiling lights pay attention to scale and shape as some of these do run larger and when it is in an all chrome finish it can look very contemporary, modern, or futuristic unless you have the right space and ceiling height to balance it out. I am very into #3 for that price, #23 is classic and will never go out of style, and #2 would be so pretty above a bathroom vanity or in a hallway.
1. Dome Pendant | 2. Classic Pendant | 3. Bell Flush Mount Lamp | 4. Mirror Ball Pendant | 5. Owen Chandelier | 6. Leucos | 7. Claybourne Semi-flush Mount | 8. Bell Pendant | 9. Ipanema Multi Bloom | 10. Holjes | 11. Esperia | 12. Fade Pendant | 13. Camille Pendant | 14. Ball Pendant | 15. Upton Chandelier | 16. Siena Flush Mount | 17. Sputnik Chandelier | 18. Punk Globe Pendant | 19. Broadway Pendant | 20. Lexington Chandelier | 21. Salter Semi Flush Mount | 22. Nash Chandelier | 23. Marine Medium Flush Mount | 24. Donna Pendant
1. Fjord Sconce | 2. Flos Wall Sconce | 3. Double Post Sconce | 4. Eastmoreland | 5. Metropolitan Sconce | 6. Garamond | 7. Laito Wall Sconce | 8. Bistro Double Sconce | 9. Void Surface Light | 10. Orbiter Swing Arm | 11. Post Wall Sconce | 12. Boston Single Arm | 13. Prescott Sconce | 14. Arc Spotlight | 15. Meurice Five Arm Sconce | 16. Armstrong | 17. Pelle Sconce | 18. Pittock Single Sconce | 19. L Sconce | 20. Glenford Wall Sconce | 21. Vista 2 | 22. Overture Wall Sconce | 23. Jantzen Single Sconce | 24. Globe Sconce
So which ones are your favorite, or which have you tried before? Let us know below and Happy Monday Folks.