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3 ways to stay cool when implementing a metallic look in your kitchen

The metal age is well and truly here
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 21-08-2019 08:00am

Kitchen décor has been incorporating metallic tones for decades, but it’s only in the past few years that entire kitchens are being covered in the steely stuff. The rise of industrial luxe has seen metal finished take centre stage in a design instead of just being a background accent.

As dramatic as this looks, it can be important to place such tones very carefully to avoid creating a cold clinical space. We’ve compiled a list of three of the easiest ways to incorporate variety and interest into an industrial kitchen:

1.       Texture

Contrast is an amazing thing. We’re not suggesting you go all out and place raffia rugs and light fixtures all over your cool new kitchen, but some textural difference will offset the slick surfaces that threaten to dominate the space.

Matt touches can be everything from small accessories like rugs, vases, fruit bowls or lamps, to bigger statements like a matt paint used on a feature wall.  

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Inspiration by Second Nature


2.       Neutral background

The silver, brass or gold tones you use on the surrounding walls can be enhanced by neutral colours on the worktop, splashback, walls and floor. Very popular at the moment, neutral tones aren’t only calming, but will stand the test of time.

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Inspiration by Chantel Elshout Design Consultancy Ltd.


3.       Splash of colour

Look carefully at which kind of metallic tones you are planning on incorporating and pick a colour that compliments it – but why not go bold! It adds a dollop of character and personalisation to a room.

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Bronzey, Brassy tones might work perfectly with warm reds, yellows and oranges (or you could go the other direction and opt for zesty greens). Whilst silvery Aluminium spaces would also benefit from the warmth red and pink tones can add, they work perfectly with purple and blues.

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As metallic tones are overall pretty neutral, you could even go for a bold multi-coloured feature wall!

[Header image: credit to: Trend Interiors Ltd]

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Hannah Caton


Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.

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