(The Washington Post)

Soft metallics such as gold, brass and copper add glamour and warmth to any room, says designer Dabito, who runs the studio Old Brand New. A man of many hats — he is also an art director, graphic designer and blogger, as well as the photographer behind artist and fellow blogger Justina Blakeney’s latest book, “The New Bohemians” — Dabito incorporates metallic tones into his interior schemes to achieve a cool, sophisticated, textured look. We asked him to come up with options for anyone hoping to achieve a modern luxe look for less. Here are his top picks.


(Schoolhouse Electric; Target)

SPLURGE: Sidnie lamp in natural brass (schoolhouseelectric.com), left. SAVE: Threshold metal table lamp (target.com).


(Barneys New York; CB2)

SPLURGE: Mepra Due Ice Oro five-piece place setting ( barneys.com ), left. SAVE: 20-piece rush gold flatware set ( cb2.com ).


(West Elm; World Market)

SPLURGE: Hammered metal coffee table (westelm.com), left. SAVE: Gold Cala hammered coffee table (worldmarket.com).


(Anthropologie; Overstock)

SPLURGE: Kapona tray table in copper (anthropologie.com), left. SAVE: Round fold-down accent table (overstock.com).


(Jonathan Adler; Target)

SPLURGE: C. Jeré brass urchin sculpture wall art (jonathanadler.com), left. SAVE: Sea urchin ornamental wall decor (target.com).