Although metal may be known to have natural physical - and even visual - weight, it's current use in the design world seems to be on the lighter, more friendly side of heavy.

Gold in an almost flaky, foil form and brass that's made a huge comeback are both becoming cheery staples for any room, including the kitchen.

World of Gold Canvas Print, Z Gallerie

Martha Stewart Cabinet Pull and Matchbox Catch, The Home Depot

Emory 95" Bench Seat Sofa, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Metallic Chevron Pillow Cover, West Elm

Runway image from DVF Spring 2014 collection

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