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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.

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