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Leigh McAlpin, co-owner of Dwelling on King Street says such fabrics are among the options for having metallics, which are shaping up as a hot fall trend, be part of your interior design.

A pillow in a metallic fabric set against a velvet sofa is one way to experience a small dose of the trend, she says.

But it’s not the only way to work brass, copper, bronze, nickel and even stainless into your decor.

“We have covered a wall in stainless steel,” McAlpin says. “We have even used tiles that incorporate stainless steel and glass intermixed with natural stone.”

Some homeowners may choose a vintage wallpaper with a metallic background and a matte pattern printed on top.

“The juxtaposition adds depth and allows the reflective qualities of the metallics to sing,” she says.

Metallics and metals can be part of a range of interior styles, including coastal style, McAlpin says. Think nautical-style lantern with mirrored glass.

“Lighting is always an interesting way to add a little flash with reflective surfaces.”

“I love a touch of metallics,” says Trudy Mercy Brown, owner of Bluecopper Interiors. “I have seen striking metallic finishes on leather and wood. They are not shiny, but more matte or textured.

Instead of the brushed nickel seen in recent years, they often have more of a charcoal look, she says. They can include antique mirrored finishes with a dull luster.

Metallics mix well with mid-century modern, art deco and some eclectic interiors, Brown says. Some metallic finishes have an industrial look.

When used in small doses, metallic finishes can be mixed, she says. But, “I wouldn’t go overboard.”

Choose items such as picture frames, drapery rods, light fixtures and accent tables, Brown says.

A simple bronze, steel or iron table is one of the season’s hot accent pieces.

Nate Berkus has done a side table for Target in brass with an antiqued mirror top, and Pottery Barn has a collection of blackened iron tables with a polished industrial vibe.

West Elm’s Element iron coffee table has an acid-washed, sandblasted trim. (www.westelm.com; www.target.com; www.potterybarn.com)

At the recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, bronze tables made by Nick Davis in his foundry studio in Bedfordshire, England, drew crowds. Their intriguing surfaces were embossed with skulls, rain scenes and other edgy elements. (www.nickdavisart.com)

Made Goods’ ceramic angular or bulleted stools with crackled gold finishes can do double duty as swanky side tables. And the studio’s Delancy bistro side table has a hammered base available in antiqued black, silver or gold on which you can add a customized top. The Arron lamp, with a base made of metalized stones coated with gold or silver, is an unusual and elegant accessory. (www.shopcandelabra.com)

Burnished silver, gold or copper bowls and vases are being offered by many retailers, some crafted in metal, some in stoneware or a sustainable wood, and washed with metallic paint.

Crate & Barrel’s Loki and Ophelia silvery free-form bowls are light and luminous. (www.crateandbarrel.com)

The Eiffel Tower is rendered in brass-finished aluminum in a stylish table lamp at www.worldmarket.com. The site also has 1930s-style pharmacy lamps in bronze or rust finishes.

At stores including Target, you’ll see smart throw pillows with a light brush of metallic paint, some metallic thread or applied bits of metal.

If you’re more attracted to the shinier side of metals, check out Tom Dixon’s reflective ball lighting. Crafted in mirrored silver, copper or bronze finishes, the fixtures have a spacey yet sophisticated look. (www.ylighting.com)

Aerin Lauder, Estee’s granddaughter and founder of a high-end lifestyles brand, has designed a collection of luxe porcelain tabletop items including vases, bowls and nesting trays that are hand-dipped or painted with 18-karat gold. She has an elegant collection of cowry, nautilus and snail shells dipped in gold as well. (www.aerin.com)

But some say Charleston may be too traditional for the contemporary look of metallics to have a big impact here.

“Metallic fabrics are still a little New York for us,” says Chris Fulp, a design consultant at Morris Sokol.

“I have seen a trend where they were doing stainless steel legs on sofas. But, Charleston is a little bit slow to warm up to metals.

“We do have a few metal console tables, but at one point we stopped selling brass lamps because they rust in the salt air here.”

Fulp says he will continue to keep an eye out for exceptional metallic pieces that would be suitable for Charleston homeowners.

“I might just be blown away by something,” he says.

Reach Wevonneda Minis at 937-5705.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.