I remember the first time I saw a Pinterest photo of iridescent flatware, and it blew my mind. I had a few iridescent stickers in my collection as a child of the ’80s, and it seemed like a dream to find a soft rainbow of color peeking through the pearlescent shimmer. What’s not to love about iridescence?! Now it’s back on many a surface, from serving pieces and drinking glasses to shower curtains and purses. Call it an iridescent Halloween–I’m reveling in the pearly glow! Click on the photos for more detailhere’s a lot to take in!
The Hay Tray (in Rainbow) shown throughout the post was a birthday gift from my husband. I typically use it to hold the Nathalie Du Pasquier pencils featured in this post, but today it’s all about the pumpkins. Iridescence meets iridescence in a vignette that looks good enough to eat…
Let’s talk about the pearly produce, shall we?! These DIY iridescent pumpkins were created by dunking small white pumpkins into a container filled with a mixture of pearlescent paints. Here’s the full tutorial, which I wrote for Decoist (you can see the process from start to finish, including polishing off the stems with a metallic paint pen).
The hardest part is waiting for the pumpkins to dry before displaying them! It’s just so tempting to create a Halloween vignette before the paint has cured (sometimes letting them dry overnight is best), but resist the urge in order to prevent smudging. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the rainbow shimmer!
Speaking of iridescence, I also received these amazing Cylinder Iridescent Champagne Flutes from CB2 for my birthday. I use them to drink prosecco…and milkshakes! Can you see the pearly finish? It’s bolder in person, but I couldn’t resist using the glasses for the shoot.
Every Halloween I try and create a new dessert option to enjoy while watching my favorite ’80s horror movies. Do you remember last year’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Milkshake? This year you can go crazy with our Rainbow Unicorn Milkshake, or you can keep it simple by adding a little bit of rum or kahlua to a vanilla milkshake and topping it all off with a sprinkling of rainbow crystals.
So what does this mean for your Halloween season?! If it’s rainbow-themed, iridescent or holographic, let it join the party! You can purchase a few key, affordable iridescent pieces here or go with iridescent/holographic paper goods when you entertain (and there are MANY to choose from). Dunk some pumpkins in iridescent paint and you’re set!
Wishing you and yours a colorful, dreamy Halloween… XOXO, Kate
Iridescence is pretty great! I love 80’s horror movies too. My favorite one to watch at Halloween is Night of the Demons. Have you seen Death Spa? The production design is INCREDIBLE!
Hi Laura! I haven’t seen Death Spa! I’m guessing it’s a design gold mine. Kind of like Chopping Mall! Thanks for the suggestion.
Evan Collins says
Love your site! Unrelated, but have you seen any instances of neo-80s revival interiors? Like restaurants, stores, etc.? Btw I’ve been running an investigation into the interiors of the 1990s if you’re interested, its all 90s zen plants, heavy textured faux ‘stucco’ finishes, and swirly art glass light fixtures
Hi Evan! I love chatting about design of the decades, and your assessment of ’90s design is spot-on! You’ve picked some really fun elements to highlight–like those swirly glass light fixtures. Definitely less covered than the loft look, the renewed interest in vintage style and other aesthetics. Thank you for your comment.