3 Elegant Uses for Metal Gilding

What is Metal Gilding?

Metal gilding is an art form by which thin gold leaf (or other metal alloy) is laid over a solid surface, such as wood, metal, ceramic, and stone, giving the object the appearance of gold, silver, or platinum.

Metal gilding goes back as a far as ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Egyptian and Greek metalworkers would use a layer of thicker gold (by today’s standards) to cover jewelry and pottery. Later, the Romans applied metal gilding to the ceilings of temples and pillars of palaces.

How is Metal Gilding Performed?

Today, there are several methods for applying metal leaf, from brushing on a powder to heating metal leaf, letting it cool, and sanding it smooth, to burnishing. Here are some stunning examples of metal gilding and metal accents in modern homes.

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How Can I Use Metal Gilding in My Home?

There’s a high demand for gold, brass, silver, and metallic accents in homes. Mixed metallics add an ethereal feel, reflecting the stars and the heavens, while alluding to nature and strength. Here are the top 3 ways metal gilding can add elegance to your home.

1. Gilt Decorative Objects

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Metal gilding can be applied to any object. Turn any decorative item, whether it’s made of wood, stone, or metal, into a silver sculpture or gold cast.

2. Frames

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Perhaps the most common modern day use of metal gilding is frames. Silver gilded frames make mirrors sparkle. Add some old world class to a painting with a gold frame.

3. Furniture

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Mixing metals with fabrics around the home adds luxury and character. Yellows bring out the warmth of gold while dark blues might reflect the starry shine of silver. Play around and see what works for you.

Do You Have Metal Gilding Ideas?

Let us know what they are! Contact us for more information on how you can add some shine to your home or business.

 

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Why Choose Wall Stencils for Your Home?

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Wall stencils are the new wallpaper, just less expensive and classier. Stencils can express a variety of moods. They can be alluring, elegant, cute, or bold. You also have the option to apply them yourself! In this article, we’ll discuss the myriad ways you can use wall stencils to define your home.

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Here, we added a stencil to the ceiling of this elegant jewel box bathroom.

Benefits of Wall Stencils

Stencils are Less Expensive than Wallpaper

Wallpaper is expensive, and the price keeps rising to apply it and to take it down. Wallpaper is meant to be a permanent fixture on your wall. What is you want to move? What if you just get sick of it? Prepare for hours of scraping and using toxic adhesive removers.

On average, wall stencils cost less than half the price of wallpaper. And if you don’t like it anymore – no big deal! Just paint over it and start again.

We stenciled this bathroom to create a delicate and joyful atmosphere.
We stenciled this bathroom to create a delicate and joyful atmosphere.

Stencils are Versatile

The options are literally endless. Stencils can go more places than wallpaper. Today, people are stenciling accent walls, whole rooms, ceilings, floors, outdoor patio areas, fabric and drapery, furniture, and more.

Unlike wallpaper, you can match the colors of any design to the rest of your home. Add a glaze for a dramatic shine. Check out some gorgeous stencils here.

Stencils Can Handle Humidity

This is great news for those of us on the East Coast, especially in Wilmington, NC. Stencil your sunroom, indoor patio, bathroom, FROG, even your garage! They will not peel or bubble like wallpaper does.

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These boldly stenciled flowers make a statement in this bedroom. courtesy: www.cuttingedgestencils.com

Pitfalls of Wall Stencils

Stencils Can Become DIY Disasters

Stenciling requires precision. Small errors, from knowing the amount of pressure to put on the foam roller to aligning your stencil evenly as you move it across your surface, can lead to an ugly and obvious mistakes. These tricks are learned through experience. The good news is it’s still cheaper to hire a professional than to use wallpaper.

Overwhelming Options

As we mentioned above, stencils offer a lot of options – so many, that people often come to us overwhelmed by the thought. What should the background color be? How about the foreground? Should I do the whole room? Just a focal wall? What if it doesn’t look how I imagine it will?

Relax! We’re here to help. Ask us for a free consultation today. Our experts will gladly help you.

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