A living room with contemporary style explodes with vibrancy when decorated with colorful eye-catching accents. Metal decor has the potential to add drama and visual strength, but only when used in small doses. The space does not have to be industrial by design to look phenomenal. Select a few one-of-a-kind pieces instead of adding too much alloy to the mix. Use these ideas for stylish metal accents, and save money in the process. The kitchen might be the heart of the home, but the living room is the soul. It does not have to cost a small fortune when trying to achieve your decorating goal.
Make or Buy a Tabletop Sculpture with Bearing Races
Bearing races are designed to house ball bearings, but they can be used for more creative purposes when decorating a contemporary home. Buy or make a tabletop sculpture that is similar to the one pictured. The metal rings have been artfully welded together to create a gorgeous contemporary sculpture. Use it as an open-ended vase to hold two or three faux calla lilies, or display it on a tabletop or shelf with one or two other accents for a lower to mid-range focal point. You will love the results.
Create a Focal Point with Starburst Mirrors
Starburst mirrors are nothing new, but they are ideal when decorating a contemporary living room. The second photo provides an example of how a trio of starburst mirrors from Crate & Barrel would look on a bare living room wall. They can be used to create a dramatic mid to upper level focal point. Needless to say, the gorgeous metal framed mirrors look phenomenal against just about any hue. However, you do not have to buy the trio. When decorating on a budget, similar wall hangings can be created without special skills. The article entitled Easy Ways to Make a Beautiful Starburst Mirror provides a photo and simple directions.
Wrap a Large Glass Vase or Bottle with a Heavy Metal Chain
Metal chains can be used to create gorgeous contemporary living room art that is incredibly easy to make. When decorating a living room on a budget, glass and chains are fantastic combination. Locate a heavy vase or bottle that you would like to wrap. Consider colored glass such as cobalt blue or another vibrant hue. Buy a length of heavy metal chain that will wrap around the bottle from top to bottom. Beginning at the bottom, wind the chain around the bottle. Secure the ends to other links with metal adhesive. Use vases to create your contemporary living room accents and you can also add battery-operated candles with timers for striking lighted displays.
Source: Professional Home Decorating and Advanced Crafting Experience