With the darker nights approaching, it’s time to illuminate your home with gently gleaming metallics. Open a treasure chest of subtle coppers, silvers and golds and set against a plush backdrop of velvets and darkly lustrous walls.

The dining room is the perfect place to ramp up the drama – and the Caspian Dining Table and Melia Chair collection is an ideal starting point. Made from reclaimed railway wood, the table top is finished with glass, allowing the chunky texture of the ridged wood to be on display through the high-shine (and easy to clean) glass surface. Chunky, stainless steel legs complete the table for a striking, contemporary finish.

BARKER AND STONEHOUSE Caspian Atlantic Table & 6 Melia Chairs

The addition of the gorgeous Melia dining chairs, beautifully upholstered in sumptuous crushed velvet, makes this a seriously sultry dining collection. The Melia’s chrome studding and button back detail provide a hint of Art Deco opulence which can be picked up with high-shine accessories.

This Gold Coral Cage Vase is a great statement piece that will sit perfectly in the corner of your dining room. Made from textured aluminium it’s lightweight enough to be moved, but heavy enough to sit comfortably in place.

Coral Vase

A statement side table is a must and the Delices Console Table – also from Caspian range – complements the scheme perfectly. In contrast to the dining table this piece has flamboyantly curvaceous legs – and is the ideal place to display a drinks tray or set of flickering candles.

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This brings us back to the lighting. Getting this right is particularly important in a dining room, where you need sufficient light to allow your diners to eat comfortably, but enough mood lighting to help create an atmosphere conducive to intimate conversation.

Add artistic flair with statement metallic pieces like the beautiful Stem Floor Lamp – it’s chunky, textured finish will throw beautiful light into the room. The mirror bases of a pair of Mercury Sphere Lamps will also provide soft lighting with a shimmery finish.

Mercury Sphere Lamp

To offset all these metallic tones, don’t be afraid to paint walls in dark hues – midnight blue or even inky black both look gorgeous, providing you have the space to carry off the look. In a smaller area opt for a feature wall as a backdrop to your bed or sofa instead.

It might seem difficult to control such a broad medley of dramatic textures, but keeping the palette tonal adds an air of sophistication. Key shades are charcoals, golds and coppers, silvers, dark wood and other metallics.