Trending Now: Iridescent Wedding Registry Picks
If you feel like your wedding registry is lacking in a bit of shimmer—but you don't want to go the super-glam sparkly route—we're here to help. We understand that it's tough to strike the perfect balance between tasteful and tacky when it comes to shinier finishes. That's why we've been thrilled to see that subtle iridescent sheens have recently seen a resurgence in the home market. Although the look can be viewed as a bit over-the-top when used with a heavy hand, we feel strongly that introducing subtle touches of iridescence into your home can add interest and whimsy in the very best way.
The trick to making iridescent pieces sophisticated? First and foremost, you'll want to treat these details just like you would products with any other shiny finish: minimally. That means you should avoid decorating every inch of your home with it. Gold, for instance, is lovely when used sparingly, but when you have a gold coffee table, all-gold frames, gold rimmed plates, and gold chairs all in the same space things can start to get a little gauche. The same goes with iridescent pieces. The perfect amount will make your space feel contemporary and unique.
Next, if you're going to add more than a couple of iridescent picks to your registry, make sure they're categorically in different spaces in your home. For instance, if you want to register for iridescent plates, don't also register for iridescent glasses and flatware (all of which could be used together during a meal). Instead, opt for a vase or candle holders or something that won't necessarily be "living" in the same space as the plates whenever they're used.
Ready to pick out some iridescent pieces of your own? We've rounded up some of our favorites—just remember, choose carefully! A little goes a long way when it comes to this trendy style.
This ultra-cool, clean-lined mirror would be perfect over a console and used as a modern vanity. Plus, the shimmery glass ledge doubles as a shelf—just stack some of your favorite little objects, a pretty glass with makeup brushes, or a ring dish on it.
PB Teen Iridescent Mirror, $199, pbteen.com.
Iridescence can come in subtle, natural forms, too. That's good news for anyone who isn't crazy about splashy color. These mother of pearl coasters add a little shimmer to your coffee or dining table in a subdued way.
CB2 Two Fold Brass and Marble Coasters, $69.95 for a set of four, cb2.com.
Impress your guests at your next dinner party and set your table with this colorful flatware. It's guaranteed to add some excitement to even the most minimalist of tablecapes. We love the idea of setting your table with light colored linens and plates to juxtapose the statement-making flatware set.
Mepra "Natura" Rainbow Flatware Place Setting, $111 for a five-piece place setting, horchow.com.
Reminiscent of an oil spill (but in a chic way!), this dark iridescent tray would work perfectly as a catchall for keys and loose change by your door or a holder for everyday jewelry next to your bed.
Hay Tray, $15, hay.com.
Fancy up even the most boring of drinks with these statement glasses—trust us, water has never looked as exciting as it will in these highballs. Bonus: They're dishwasher safe, so there's no worry that the iridescent finish will wear off.
World Market Lustre Iridescent Highball Glasses, $31.96 for a set of four, worldmarket.com.
Breakfast in bed has never looked! This super-modern iridescent serving tray will be put to good use in your newlywed home—keep it on your coffee table as a statement piece when it's not in use as a stylish catchall for your coasters, favorite candle, and magazines.
WINKINE Large Iridescent Serving Tray, $36.99, amazon.com.
Doubling as a pretty objet when it's not turned on, this glass gem lamp is perfect for your nighttime reading on your bedside table, casting holographic-like light on your walls.
West ElmGlass Gem Table Lamp, $199, westelm.com.
Instead of throwing all of your fruit in that not-so-cute bowl you've had forever, upgrade to this trendy iridescent wire basket. Your kitchen counter will thank you.
Lady Ironside Wire Fruit Basket, $24.95, amazon.com.
If you're bored with your current bedside table, swap in this shimmery table lamp for a little excitement. The simple lampshade ensures that this faceted lamp doesn't go too over-the-top in the glam department.
PB Teen Iridescent Table Lamp, $149, pbteen.com.
Put your favorite graphic plant (we think a snake plant would look perfect) in this pretty, handmade pot. It's iridescent and ombré—a win-win in the trend department.
CB2 "Juno" Iridescent Planter, $69.95, cb2.com.
Display your favorite photos from your wedding (we think a Poloroid or Instax Mini picture would work especially well) in these rainbow-hued frames for a twist on the traditional silver or pewter frames.
WINKINE Rainbow Block Frames, $81.95 for three, amazon.com.
Your home will be party-ready with these fun globe lights. You could also hang them over a mirror or by a window for some around-the-clock mood lighting.
Urban Outfitters Iridescent Globe String Lights, $25, urbanoutfitters.com.
Add some rainbow color to plain white napkins with this appropriately shaped stand.
DINY Home & Style Rainbow Deluxe Steel Napkin Holder, $12.99, amazon.com.