“Walls that are painted to a matte finish can bring a room down and look flat or one dimensional, while adding hints of metallic accents add depth and excitement to a space,” said Stephanie Nickolson, a designer at DirectBuy of Northern Illinois. “Metallics are the hot look right now. I love incorporating them into a space, especially in winter and during the holidays.”


So, how can you incorporate metallics into your space? Here are few ways:


Pillows – Throw some metallic fabric or even metallic leather pillows with decorative fringe applied to them on one of your sofas or chairs.

Vases or bowls – Place a tall clear glass vase or large bowl on a cocktail table and fill it with metallic holiday ornaments.

Wallpaper or paint – Putting up wallpaper with metallic stripes or adding stripes with a high-gloss metallic paint, ideally six to eight inches wide, can provide an effervescent quality to a room.


Nickolson also recommends using mirrors if you’re looking to brighten up your home this winter. Specifically, she advises placing one large mirror in every room you’re trying to lighten up. Mirrors give the illusion of space as well as add that reflective quality to a room, thus opening it up, making it appear larger.


“Another idea is to find an accent piece of furniture, for example, a console table with a mirrored front,” said Nickolson. “Again, this will add to the illusion of space and lighten things up.”


DirectBuy Club offers home furnishings and merchandise in addition to items for home improvement projects to help all homeowners brighten up their homes all year round— at direct insider prices. DirectBuy also employs product specialists and designers, so if you need some assistance in selecting products or taking on a home improvement project, you have experienced professionals at your service.


About DirectBuy Club

Since 1971, DirectBuy has helped hundreds of thousands of families enjoy a better quality of life, enabling them to buy directly from more than 700 manufacturers or their authorized suppliers. Buying direct makes members’ hard-earned money go much further, while having the selection and choice not available at any retail store. Access to confidential prices, local suppliers, and unparalleled selection helps make members’ dream projects a reality. The DirectBuy Clubs serving the greater Chicago area are part of more than 145 locations throughout North America.


Consumers interested in becoming members may obtain a Visitor’s Pass to attend an Open House by visiting 


Locations of the DirectBuy clubs serving the greater Chicago area are: DirectBuy of Chicago North, 6325 North Avondale Ste. 110, Chicago, IL; DirectBuy of DuPage County, 1864 High Grove Lane Ste. 124, Naperville, IL; DirectBuy of Northern Illinois, 3900 Washington Street, Gurnee, IL; and DirectBuy of Tinley Park, 18400 S. 76th Avenue Ste. B, Tinley Park, IL.


To learn more about the superior value and benefits of a DirectBuy membership, visit