What is Silver Leaf Bedroom Furniture?

Silver Leaf Bedroom Furniture is a unique furniture finish achieved by gilding solid wood furniture pieces with Silver Leaf. Real Silver Leaf is a thin foil made of metal leaf used for decoration and when applied to furniture it makes an opulent statement as well as giving an exquisite look to your home.

Silver Leaf Dressing Table with Mirror

Original Silver Leaf Finish vs Paint Finish

Something you need to be aware of when buying silver leaf furniture is that it can be used to refer to three different types of finish;

1- Authentic silver leaf - Also known as composition leaf or schlagmetal, it’s made of pure silver. Other metal leaf types are made of pure gold, copper, aluminium, brass or palladium.

2- Imitation leaf - As the name suggests, this is a thin foil that looks like silver leaf or gold leaf, but isn’t real. This makes the products cheaper, but if quality and authenticity are important to you, you’ll want the real thing.

3- Coloured paint - If affordability is key, you might go for this option, which is silver-coloured paint on top of grey primer and has much the same effect with a considerably lower price tag.

It’s not just the materials that make authentic silver leaf the most expensive option, a lot of it comes down to the requirement for professional gilders using special tools to apply it to the furniture.

Gilding is the process of applying fine gold leaf or sliver leaf to solid surfaces such as wood, stone or metal to give a luxurious decorative finish.This can be done by burnishing with an agate stone tool, as shown below:

Gilded Frame with Gold Leaf and Ready for Burnishing

When it comes to wooden furniture, Mechanical gilding is the most commonly used technique to apply silver leaf, by burnishing and water gilding or oil gilding. Water gilding is the most common method of doing this, and it requires experienced craftsmen to achieve the desired effects.

The History of Silver Leaf Furniture

The logic behind applying silver to furniture to signify wealth and power is a straightforward one and has been popular throughout human history, right up to the modern day.

As far back as the fourth century BC, silver was being used to decorate items stored in tombs in Greece, and several fragments of a stool were found in Thessaloniki where all that was left was the parts of it that was covered in silver foil.

Similarly, in Roman times, Sella stools and Fulcra couches were commonly used by people of all social levels, but the rich and powerful had them covered in silver or gold leaf.

[A gilded Sella Curulis with the connecting rails at the x-point.]

A gilded sella curulis with the connecting rails at the x-point.

[Roman dining couch or klinē, in metal and reconstructed wood, with couch heads (referred to as Fulcra)]
Roman dining couch or klinē, in metal and reconstructed wood with couch heads (referred to as Fulcra).

Style and Decoration Perspectives: Classic and Contemporary

While metal leaf furniture may have been used down the centuries to either demonstrate or give the impression of wealth and power, it’s actually a very flexible style that fits either a traditional or a contemporary feel.

It all depends how you use it, of course, and what the context of the room is, but silver leaf is a finish that can transform a room into whatever you want it to be. For example, our Régency French Silver Leaf 5 Drawer Chest is available in a choice of two real silver leaf finishes: standard, which has a vibrant silver shine, or antique, which has a rich, mellow tone.

The standard look can really be a statement piece in your room, ostentatious and dazzling, while the more traditional antique style makes it warmer and more classic in look and feel.

How to Create a Stunning Silver Leaf Bedroom Furniture Style

Silver leaf has always worked incredibly well in bedrooms to give that feeling of luxury and opulence, and our authentic Louis French Silver Leaf range is a great example, with distinctive serpentine curves along with delicate hand-carved scrolls crafted from solid hardwood. This piece provides a statement centerpiece in the master bedroom and it is guaranteed to make an impact. This particular style is well suited to contemporary décor with its bright silver shine.

Meanwhile, the Régency French Silver Leaf range is hand gilded and silver-leafed to high standards by our British artisans and comes with the choice between a standard or antique finish to suit whatever theme you are going with in your room. The muted antique finish complements tradition and rustic spaces while the standard finish boasts a bright silver shine which is perfect for adding a modern feel.

Why not Consider Our Editor’s Picks Below for Creating a Beautiful Bedroom?

If you want to create a stunning contemporary bedroom with a touch of class and style, you could opt for our Louis French Silver Leaf 5’ King Size Bed (£1,249.00), combining it with the Louis French Silver Leaf 3 Door Triple Wardrobe at (£2,249.00) and Louis French Silver Leaf 6 Drawer Wide Chest (£878.00). This combination will add a touch of luxury to any home.


If you’re looking for more of an aristocratic feel, you can combine our Régency French mid-18th Century Silver Leaf Bed Upholstered Panels (£2,750.00) with our Régency French mid-18th Century Silver Leaf 2 Drawer Bedside Chest (£410.00), Régency French mid-18th Century Silver Leaf Dressing Table with Mirror (£990.00) and  our luxury Régency French mid-18th Century Silver Leaf Arm Chair (£630.00). The result is both regal and refined.

Régency French mid-18th Century Silver Leaf Bed with Upholstered Panels

You don’t need an aristocratic budget to add glamour to your home. You can get the luxury look and feel for less with the Bordeaux Black Crushed Velvet Bed (£504.00) or Toulouse Crushed Velvet Side Ottoman Sleigh Bed (£630.00) with our Louis French Silver Leaf 2 Door Double Wardrobe (£1,549.00) and Louis French Silver Leaf 2 Drawer Bedside Chest (£350.00).

Bordeaux Black Crushed Velvet BedLouis French Silver Leaf 2 Door Double WardrobeToulouse Crushed Velvet Side Ottoman Sleigh BedLouis French Silver Leaf 2 Drawer Bedside Chest

Silver Leaf Furniture: Share the Style

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