Saturday, 31 October 2015

How to Incorporate Metals in Interior Design

Industrial chic has been taking the interior design world by storm over the last few years. This style comeback has meant that features that were previously looked down upon, like exposed bricks walls or iron beams, have now become all the rage. This has also spawned a new interest in incorporating metals and metallic colours into other kinds of styles in the home.

Chrome is probably the most popular kind of metal that we’ve been seeing recently. While it was once exclusively the domain of the bathroom, it has since made its way into the rest of the home too. It’s shiny, metallic surfaces are now being used in light fixtures or as the legs of chairs, tables and other furnishings. While nickel is more expensive, and arguably has a less extreme-looking finish, chrome is one of the more cost-effective solutions to furnishing your home that remains popular with those looking for a clean and futuristic look.

Materials like copper, gold, and brass went out of fashion after their heyday in the 1980s, with many younger designers feeling that they looked old-fashioned or even ostentatious by modern standards. This kind of retro aesthetic is returning, though, and this year Dulex named Copper Blush as the colour of the year. Copper lamps like those found here make for a great standout item in a room, particularly when used to bring a shot of colour into an otherwise neutral space. Another benefit of the material is that its alloys are 100% recyclable, making it perfect for those looking to incorporate eco-friendly materials into their home and lifestyle.

Finally, steel is perhaps the material most associated with the resurgence of industrial design. There are many different types of steel, each varying in their carbon content, but typically most interior designers stick with the stainless variety. It’s often used in a similar manner to chrome, as an accent to furnishings or as stairway railings, but it’s when it’s used on a larger scale that it’s most striking, like as the main property in coating an entire ceiling or wall. Like chrome, it has a reflective finish that draws the eye, but the duller colour and texture it has better reflects the industrial setting it originates from.

While the industrial style may not be everyone's cup of tea, you may be surprised about how versatile some of the materials can be. Try experimenting with different looks in your own home to see which one works best for you.



  1. Living in a farm house, it means metallics don't really go too well across the house, but we do have a couple of bedside lights with silver metallic bases that are lovely.

  2. I love the metallic trends, rose gold coloured items are my favourites x

  3. Love the metals trend! Rose gold is deffo a soft spot for me this season!

  4. I do like metallics and am slowly getting my way and adding them a little more at at time x

  5. I hadn't really thought about using metals in the home, but I am loving that lamp what a perfect way to do it. x

  6. I am looking around and don't think I have any metals in my decor - I love the warm toned ones though, especially at this time of year. Kaz x

  7. I think I'd like a few more copper pieces in our home - always feels rustic to me!

  8. I love the copper idea. Steel can be cold, but copper looks fantastic!

  9. Oh I love the copper lamp - it's beautiful and gives a very luxe feel I think z

  10. Great home decor ideas here. I love having lamps in my living room.

  11. I love this metallics trend! Anything rode gold or copper looks that touch more expensive!

  12. Copper Copper Copper... Im slighty obsessed with Copper! Should i say it one more time?? Copper :)
    Awesome tips sugar, and now I need that lamp LOL
    Charlotte x

  13. I am loving the metal in interiors trend at the moment, adds a touch of design and style to any room if done properly

    Laura x


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