If it feels like an age since you packed away your Christmas decorations, rejoice: you can embrace all things that shimmer again. Metallics can add sparkle to your home far beyond the festive season. "Architecture, interior decoration and fashion are all being heavily influenced by the Sixties and Seventies at the moment," says Alberto Pezzato, design director at the Rubelli Design Studio. "Metallics were used a lot at that time, and are now having a revival."
As part of the 2018 Rubelli Venezia collection, the luxury Italian textile house has launched Aurum, a fabric created from weaves of pure gold on silk and inspired by the tradition of the Venetian "tiraoro", artisans who made gold yarn for the manufacture of textiles, clothing and jewellery.
A number of new fabric collections include gold and silver elements, and not in the weighty, lavish way you might assume. Lelièvre's Riviera collection, inspired by summer days in the south of France, includes Maquis, a vibrant botanical print enriched with gold embroidery; Olea, a soft cotton satin with olive leaf details and gold, silver or copper metal appliqués; and Madrague, a linen mesh interwoven with golden thread and inspired by traditional fishing nets - undoubtedly the chicest net curtains you will ever see.