Design trends: bronze

Bronze has been used in the home for years - and with it's many styles and forms, this precious heavy metal is more popular than ever
Precious heavy metals are the look — and what could be "heavier" than bronze? This ancient material, an alloy of copper and tin, has been used forever for household items, weapons and statuary. It can be shiny or matt, ranges from a gorgeous gold to a moody blue-green via a beautiful brown, and captures the fall of light. With more than 100,000 visitors to date, the success of the Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy shows this metal is the material and colour of the moment. Bronze is at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, until December 9.

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1. Wall Tiles
A bathroom wall covered in ribbed bronze tiles by Ann Sacks, £33 each ( 020 3055 0802).
2. Stunning lighting
The Toro light, by Giovanna Ticciati, £99 (01798 342 777; is one way to be bullish with bronze.
3. In the round
Big, bold and bronze-like, these Tom Dixon copper shades are £340 each (
4. Fabulous firedogs
Mattia Bonetti's magnificent firedogs, called "Flame Japan", are in polished bronze with black patinated stands. They stand 43cm tall and cost £5,500 plus VAT. From David Gill Gallery 2-4 King Street, SW1 (020 3195 6600;
5. Strictly hardware
Choose from a range of bronze door handles, from £38, from Rocky Mountain hardware, available at Courtyard Accessories (01564 792312;
6. Burnished fabrics
Among bronze fabrics from Rubelli, particularly seductive is Chiaroscuro, £124.20 a metre (020 7349 1590; Or go for the unusual bronze wallpapers, such as The Other Eden and Typecast, available from Barneby Gates; £78 a roll (07713 483530;

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