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For the New Year: Minerals Decor are In!

Did you know that the use of minerals is one of the hottest decorating trends for 2016 calendar? Yup! The Design Building Ideas presents to you all the news you need to know about Decoration Ideas with Minerals!

Mineral mania has hit the design world, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it! Why this interest in nature’s treasures? For one thing, minerals are beautiful, unusual conversation pieces. Not to mention, they have a magical quality that reminds us of collecting rocks and minerals as kids, don’t they?! Another mineral fun fact: they’re versatile!

Magnificent Malachite

We start with one of the trendiest minerals in today’s design vocabulary – malachite! Why the current obsession with this emerald green substance? We’ve got three reasons: the color, the pattern and the shine. A mix of rich green hues, malachite is sophisticated and luxurious. Plus, its signature banding pattern is oh so unique! Designer Kelly Wearstler thought so when she used malachite motifs to decorate Miami’s Viceroy Hotel, shown below. [from Viceroy Hotels and Resorts]

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See also: Interior Design Trends for Winter 2015/2016

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Crystalline Quartz

Quartz is appealing because its well-defined crystalline structure gives specimens an icy appearance. And who doesn’t love a little frost?! Below we see a pair of quartz lamps. We think they take this glamorous bedroom by M. Design Interiors to the next level:

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Of course, smaller geodes can be just as fetching, especially when displayed in a pair as bookends. [from Tiffany Leigh]

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Mineral Specimens

We end by getting back to basics–sometimes there’s no better way to celebrate mineral mania than by displaying a big honking mineral sample in the center of the room! You may think the star of the space below is the sectional sofa or the white cylinder coffee table, but deep inside, we all know it’s the aqua mineral formation! [from M. Design Interiors]

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For a more subtle effect, check out the quartz specimen at the center of this next fabulous space by M. Design Interiors. When other bright accents are commanding attention, go clear with your mineral selection:

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This time the quartz is purple amethyst, and in geode form! [from Glitter & Goat Cheese]

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Check out the plethora of beautiful mineral specimens below! Not only are there giant glistening quartz crystals, there’s a huge geode by the fireplace and an assortment of fossils. Is this a living room or a museum?! [from GeoDecor]

for the new year mineral decor are in  Interior DesignSpeaking of museums, for a glamorous yet museum-like display technique, try mounting specimens on their own individual stands, as shown in the image below from a 1974 book on minerals[from The Peak of Chic]

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Our final image shows the museum-quality appeal of mineral specimens. Using glass boxes from Crate & Barrel, Michelle from AM Dolce Vita created Smithsonian-worthy displays, as seen below:

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Whether you showcase one large mineral specimen or enjoy the thrill of collecting a whole bunch, we’re sure you’ll agree there’s something intriguing about bringing the natural world indoors. And how can you beat the benefits of a design trend that can enhance so many different styles and looks? Elegant. Retro. Curious. Scientific. You name it, there’s a mineral for you!

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