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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.