Holiday Decor Tip: Add a Touch of Metal (See Inspiring Photos)

November 04, 2023 4 min read

Thanksgiving decor, Christmas decor with gold metallics

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, it's time again to get creative with our holiday decorations. Sure, boughs of holly and strings of light are staples during this time, but there's one underrated decor that can transform your home into a dazzling yet classy abode. We're talking, of course, of warm metallic accents: brass, gold, copper, even rose gold.

From seasonal tabletop ornaments to eye-catching hardware on cabinets, these glimmering finishes are showing up in the most stylish homes.

A quick note on decorating with metallics: moderation is key! You want your metal accents to be just glimpses of shine sprinkled around the room, instead of being the dominant material in the space. Too much metal finishing can be jarring, especially if not tempered with softer textures and colors.

With that in mind, let's explore tips and examples of how to incorporate metallic accents into your home this holiday season. Prepare to be inspired by these beautiful pictures!


1. Brass ornaments on wood table

Brass and hardwood pair so well together, producing a rustic yet sophisticated Old-World look. If your dining table or console has a beautiful rich wood finish, accessorize it with one or two brassy elements like a vintage lamp or a couple of brass jars.

Brass lamp and pots decor - Gear Den
Metal candle holder - Gear Den


2. Metallic hardware in pastel kitchen

If you're making just one decor change in your kitchen this season, let it be updated hardware. Brass pull handles or gold knobs look gorgeous on muted pastel cabinets! You can find these at most hardware stores, or you can go the DIY route and spray-paint your current handles.


Kitchen Island with family name wall art - Gear Den


Wall art pictured above: Personalized Family Initial And Name Premium Canvas


Kitchen appliances with personalized kitchen wall art - Gear Den


Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Kitchen - Seasoned With Love" Premium Canvas


3. Metallic hardware in moody kitchen

On the other hand, warm metallic pieces can also lend pops of brightness to balance a dark-colored kitchen. There's a stunning contrast when you install gold pulls on midnight-blue cabinets, or copper knobs on black shelf doors.

Bonus tip: If you love this chic look but aren't ready to commit an entire room, pick just one piece of furniture to repaint a dark color, then add the metal hardware of your choice. Voila -- an elegant statement piece!

elegant kitchen - Gear Den


spacious kitchen with family name wall art - Gear Den


Wall art pictured above: Personalized Rustic Family Name Premium Canvas


kitchen with metal family name wall art - Gear Den


Metal art pictured above: Personalized Family Tree Custom Metal Sign


4. Dazzling dinnerware

Let your silverware take a break this year and use a set of gold- or copper-finished cutlery instead. The brighter tone of these materials uplift the mood of your table, making them perfect for yuletide celebrations. You can get a set from most home decor stores, but you can DIY them, too! Below are examples from stylish homemakers Karen and Annie.

autumn decor dining table with thankful mats - Gear Den
Garlic on plate - Gear Den


5. Show-stopping lighting

This season, we'll be seeing string lights draped everywhere, but what will really stand out is a big, bold lamp in a lustrous metallic finish. If you're on the hunt for a new floor lamp, table lamp, or pendant light, might as well get a statement one that will impress your guests!

Living room with gold lamps - Gear Den
Dining space with personalized family wall art - Gear Den

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "We Aren't Step Or Half - We Are Family" Premium Canvas and Personalized "It's So Good To Be Home" Premium Canvas


6. Metallic candles and candlesticks

Candles on the Thanksgiving table or on the Christmas mantel is a no-brainer, but you can make it more attractive and memorable with some metallic variety. Gold candles pair well with white decorations, whether you're going for a spectacularly grand tablescape or a minimalist white-and-bright holiday theme. Just take a look at these examples:

Metal candle Christmas decor with Christmas wall art - Gear Den

Wall art pictured above: "Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" Premium Christmas Canvas


Glass table with candles and Christmas wall art - Gear Den

Wall art pictured above: "All Is Calm, All Is Bright" Premium Canvas


7. Gilded creatures

Forest animal figures make lovely ornaments for winter, and guess what -- you can get metallic versions for cheap! How? Just grab some plastic animals that you like, then spray-paint them with a foil finish. These gold- or copper-painted creatures would look so sweet on a bed of pine needles, next to vases or jars, or even on your holiday wreath. The following table decor is by savvy crafter Val, and below that are more examples for inspiration.

metal figurines christmas decor - Gear Den
metal christmas figurine - Gear Den
Metal decor on table - Gear Den


9. Gilded botanicals

Ah, the power of spray paint! Wreaths and garlands become much more festive when coated with a warm metallic color. You can also paint some clean branches and twigs, and place them in a tall glass vase for a sparkly, wintry arrangement. Take a cue from these stylish DIY examples by Jessica and Katie.

mtallic christmas wreath - Gear Den
Metal flowers - Gear Den


9. Mirror, mirror

A gilded mirror adds instant sophistication to any room. Interior designers in recent seasons have gone full-on neo-classical with oversized floor mirrors framed by metallic filigrees. If such a giant piece isn't for you, opt instead for a medium-sized wall mirror. Hang it where it'll be a focal point, such as above a console table or on an accent wall.

Footstool by large mirror - Gear Den
Large mirror on bedside table - Gear Den


10. Gold and neutral

Want a classy but still warm holiday theme? Try a color palette of light neutrals with gold accents. It looks much cleaner and more elegant than the conventional multicolored interiors, but still feels cozy and welcoming. To get this look, start with a clean primary color like white or cream, layer with beige tones and light woods, then accessorize with gold decor.

Mantle with Couples wall art - Gear Den

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "To My Wife - Once Upon A Time" Premium Canvas

Christmas decor dining table - Gear Den


What do you think of these metallic decor ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas? We at Gear Den are so excited to use some of these tips! And by the way, if you like the wall art and metal art featured here, you'll find lots more to love on! Browse now for your winter decor and more!

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