7 Effortless Ways to Infuse Metallics Into Your Home

By Kate Reggev
Add some glamour and warmth to any space with these small, simple touches of metallic finishes.

Stainless steel and other metallic finishes might make you think of cold, sterile commercial kitchens, but infusing hints of metal into your home decor can seamlessly bring warmth, texture, and depth to a space. 

From tiles and wallpaper to hardwares and light fixtures, we're sharing seven easy ways to let metallic shine, without going over the top.

1. Create a Metallic Feature Wall

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This silver-and-gold marbled mural by Calico Wallpaper, forms a palette of coordinated tones in the living area. 

This silver-and-gold marbled mural by Calico Wallpaper, forms a palette of coordinated tones in the living area. 

Feature walls are a great way to create a focal point in a room and to experiment with color, pattern, and finish. Wallpapers with metallic finishes, as pictured above, make for a great feature wall because of their reflective nature, which bounces off light and catches the eye.

2. Install a Metallic Light Fixture

Modern furnishings, a decorative metallic pendant, and colorful artwork decorate the dining space.

Modern furnishings, a decorative metallic pendant, and colorful artwork decorate the dining space.

You may have noticed that many light fixtures are often available in a range of metallic finishes, from polished chrome to a more matte copper. Part of this is because the reflective surfaces of these items help to bounce and disperse natural and artificial light. 

Fixtures like chandeliers and pendants that are often installed overhead assist in bringing the eye upward, especially when they shimmer from a metal-like surface.

3. Use a Metallic Backsplash

Like glass, metallic backsplashes help reflect light in a kitchen. No matter what shade you choose—whether it be silver, gold, or bronze as shown above—these metals will keep the space airy and bright while making your kitchen feel warm and luxe.

Like glass, metallic backsplashes help reflect light in a kitchen. No matter what shade you choose—whether it be silver, gold, or bronze as shown above—these metals will keep the space airy and bright while making your kitchen feel warm and luxe.

Metal surfaces in the kitchen might make you think of stainless steel countertops or appliances, but there are countless other ways to bring metals into this space, with your backsplash being one of them. 

4. Apply Subtle Metallic Details

In this urban townhouse, a Zodiaq® London Sky countertop wraps the wall behind it to become the backsplash, providing a polished backdrop for design details and vignettes. Its muted color complements dark wood cabinets and rich, metallic accents.

In this urban townhouse, a Zodiaq® London Sky countertop wraps the wall behind it to become the backsplash, providing a polished backdrop for design details and vignettes. Its muted color complements dark wood cabinets and rich, metallic accents.

Using metal finishes in small amounts, like a metallic baseboard or metallic hardware, can also have a big impact. One of the easiest ways to do this is by switching out hardware that is already made of metal, such as drawer pulls, doorknobs, and hinges. And because hardware is simple to change, you can easily swap out various finishes when you're in the mood  for a new look.

5. Paint a Door With a Metal Finish

This metallic gold door shines bright to welcome guests to L.A.'s Hotel Covell. Against a backdrop of more textural, aged elements—like the brick wall—it's a smooth, glam touch.

This metallic gold door shines bright to welcome guests to L.A.'s Hotel Covell. Against a backdrop of more textural, aged elements—like the brick wall—it's a smooth, glam touch.

As the portal into a home, your entance door is one of the most defining characteristics of a house. Whether it be made of metal or painted with a metallic finish, the door can be both eye-catching and classic, while also hinting at the design of the rest of your interior space. It also makes for great contrast between an otherwise matte or monochrome exterior, and can be easily repainted or refinished as necessary.

6. Be Utilitarian

Orrill wanted the kitchen to be the central hub for entertaining, so everything is kept inside minimalist cabinetry—except for the copper pots and pans hanging on the back wall.

Orrill wanted the kitchen to be the central hub for entertaining, so everything is kept inside minimalist cabinetry—except for the copper pots and pans hanging on the back wall.

For a low-budget but high-impact version of artwork, consider hanging everyday metal pieces, such as copper pots, tools, or gardening items. 

The metallic finishes will bring shine and depth to a space, yet hanging them in an artful way will allow them to be easily accessible, as well as aesthetically pleasing.

7. Purchase Metallic Planters

Brilliant copper naturally complements earthy tones, like brick and marble.

Brilliant copper naturally complements earthy tones, like brick and marble.

A few copper, silver, or gold planters/pots will always provide a strong visual contrast to matte greenery and colorful flowers. The metallic finish acts as a neutral color, but the shimmer of the metal draws the eye.