MAKE A MARK WITH METAL
ALUMINIUM GIVES STYLISH LOOK
THE industrial look that is still going strong in home trends has brought metal to the forefront for stylish interior designs.
But the practice of using metal as a decorative feature stems back to more than a century ago.
Natalee Hubbard from Sydney Pressed Metal says pressed metal was the ceiling material of choice for Sydney Town Hall in the late 1800s and is still there.
“It was used because they were worried that the ceilings would crack from the vibrations of the big organ,” she says.
“It’s really quite durable and it can last over 100 years.”
It soon became a common feature in public buildings and heritage homes, but Hubbard says the recent metal revival has opened up many new ways to use it.
“We are now seeing it combined with modern settings, that gives it a whole different element,” she says.
Pressed metal can be a flexible and affordable option for feature walls, kitchen splashbacks, outdoor screens, ceilings and home bars, for either a classic or contemporary look depending on the pattern you choose.
“We’ve got over 100 patterns and we are developing new ones all the time,” Hubbard says.
“It can be left raw for a stainless steel effect or painted any colour and finish, from high gloss to matt.”
Hubbard says high-grade aluminium is most commonly used.
“We use a food-grade aluminium so it’s suitable for a splashback, which makes it really easy to maintain and wipe down,” she says.
Clockwise from left: an outdoor raw aluminium ceiling in the Pacific design; Fleur design splashback; a painted Newington design feature wall; and a perforated outdoor wall. All designs by Sydney Pressed Metal.