One decor trend that has remained as a firm favourite over the last few years is metal. Whether it is industrial style metal fixtures, battered pewter, that big copper trend or this seasons brass, metal is here to stay. According to statistics, those of us aged between 18 to 24 think you should redecorate once every three months and 91% of millennials have at least one trendy decor item at home.
Are you part of the trendy decor crowd who love to keep their home looking fresh? Or are you simply looking for some style inspiration and you want to know how to integrate metal into your home? Then let us help you with these modern metal ideas to take your home straight into that raw, metallic trend without much effort at all:
Which Metal Do You Like?
In the same way everybody has a favourite jewellery metal, most people prefer different tones and shades of metal used in decor. The rose gold tinge of copper and the yellow tones in brass appeal to homeowners who like a bit of warmth in their surroundings. Darker blue and black shades of steel and iron appeal to those who like a stronger or more masculine shade. Choosing a metal you love is a great step towards integrating it into your home in different ways.
What Lies Beneath?
An easy way to integrate metal into your home is by exposing the metal that is already there. Casters underneath cupboards or dressers, exposing pipework (that is safe to expose) and metal panelling. Sometimes we naturally cover things up that could look great as it is.
Play With Colour
Although metal can be more of a textural addition to a room, it can also add beautiful tones and colour. Copper, for example, is a beautiful tone to use in the colder months as it brings warmth and gorgeous golden light reflections wherever it is used. Take a look at this Pinterest board for some cool copper inspiration for your decor.
If You Really Care About Trendy Accessories, Go Warm
SAD (seasonal affective disorder) affects 1 in 15 people and although it is usually out of your control whether or not it happens, the more you can do to surround yourself with warmth, light and happy things the more you’ll at least have a safe place in your home. Although all metals are on trend, warmer metals like brass and copper are having a ‘moment’ so they could be a great way to keep your decor feeling cosy, and to integrate metal into your home.
Consider The Industrial Trend For Your Bathroom
If you want to use metal in a more substantial way than just adding accessories, a great place to start making adjustments is your bathroom. The industrial look is somewhat a classic look for a bathroom and any changes are sure to stand the test of time. Exposed metal towel rails, chunky industrial style radiators, a gorgeous steel bath or tall brass taps could give you the metal look you’ve been craving, in a simple and stylish way.
Eco Living With Corrugated Metal
Making energy saving improvements to your home could increase its value by 38% in some regions of the UK. Although you’re unlikely to make any substantial eco-friendly changes using metal (unless you count composting bins!) you can do your bit by re-applying building materials. In this instance, we’re talking about corrugated metal which is making waves in decor. It is used in a similar way to raw brick, offering a neutral wall to set the tone for a room. Perfect if you want to make a statement with metal in an innovative and ‘green’ way.
Upcycling was the key prerequisite to items included in decor over the last few years, which then switched to vintage. Now the focus is on craftsmanship, especially if you are investing in pieces you want to keep for a long time. A large metal art piece, metal table, a metal lamp, or anything else you want to be a feature in your home should be handcrafted and high quality because it will keep its value and it will become a timeless addition to your home.
I like my house to be unique to me. Sure, I’ve bought plenty of things out of a catalogue but the way I put them together in my home is special. You might have bought your sofa at a major home decorating store, but the rug you found at the flea market is so unique, it takes your room from ‘carbon copy’ to ‘simply yours’ in no time. – Nate Berkus
If you are intent on including metal in your decor at home, the best news is, you’ve plenty of styles, colours, shades and metal types to choose from. Do take your time looking around and sourcing inspiration, and most importantly, stick to including things you love. That way, no matter what goes in and out of style, your home will always feel like a place you want to spend time in.