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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Stain­less-steel bath­room fix­tures and ac­ces­sories are a good choice. They are easy to clean and have a clin­i­cal ap­peal that rep­re­sents a hy­gienic en­vi­ron­ment. A stain­lesssteel tub, sink and toi­let are ul­tra mod­ern with an in­dus­trial edge. Apothe­cary jars with metal lids, metal-framed wall mir­rors and metal towel bars are just a few items that can be eas­ily in­cor­po­rated into a bath­room. Add to this some nat­u­ral wood ac­cents and fin­ishes, this in­dus­trial style will be warmed up and bal­anced.

Metal hard­ware, sinks and faucets are an easy choice for the kitchen. Con­sider hang­ing your stain­less-steel pots in­stead of hid­ing them in the cup­board. You’ll have metal ac­cents and more stor­age space. A caddy filled with stain­lesssteel kitchen uten­sils will have the same ef­fect. Metal or wire bas­kets of cut­lery on dis­play will pro­vide a ca­sual but con­tem­po­rary touch. Places such as Ur­ban Barn, Pier One and depart­ment stores have unique metal bowls and ac­cent pieces that can look stun­ning in any room. Less com­mon metal sur­faces such as a stain­less-steel tiled back­splash or stain­less-steel coun­ter­top can be stun­ning as well. One or two key pieces are all you need.

The dé­cor in other rooms can ben­e­fit from items such as metal lamp bases, drap­ery rods and cur­tain pan­els with grom­mets. When choos­ing fur­ni­ture, con­sider pieces with metal ac­cents. (Check out the ‘ta­bles’ link at www.the­fur­ni­ for ideas.) Choose fabrics that have a metal­lic-look­ing sheen to bring some glam­our to your space. Re­place cur­rent cabi­net hard­ware on en­ter­tain­ment units and so on with sleek metal items. Wire trash bins, laun­dry ham­pers, metal clocks and metal photo frames are just a few more items to con­sider adding to the mix.

You can even re­search cre­at­ing a faux metal­lic paint fin­ish on just about any sur­face in your home. Add faux steel in­sert pan­els to your wood cab­i­nets or paint the top of a side ta­ble in a faux cop­per fin­ish. Start with small projects. You could also buy metal­lic paints to paint small items such as clay pots, lamp shades or drap­ery hard­ware. Ask your paint dealer to help you choose the right paint for your in­tended sur­face and be sure to work in a well-ven­ti­lated area.

Jazz up up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture by adding metal fur­ni­ture tacks as an ac­cent. You can buy them in lengths of pre-at­tached strips to use on fur­ni­ture, wooden trunks, pic­ture frames, mir­rors and so forth. Lengths of in­ex­pen­sive bath­tub chain can also be used to jazz up sim­i­lar items.

If you’re on a tight bud­get, check out what’s avail­able at dol­lar stores. They of­ten carry wire bas­kets, small stor­age boxes with metal ac­cents and craft sup­plies that may work for your project. Also, look for sal­vage items such as tin ceil­ing tiles (you may find one or two that can be framed as is to use as art­work), an old wire bird­cage that can be cleaned up to use as an ac­cent piece, or any num­ber of unique metal ac­cents at flea mar­kets, yard sales and thrift stores. If you live in an older home, strip the or­nate heat vent cov­ers to bring them back to their orig­i­nal, un­painted metal fin­ish.

In Feng Shui, the metal el­e­ment is as­so­ci­ated with wealth, pro­tec­tion and or­ga­ni­za­tion. If you need help with any one of these it couldn’t hurt to add a lit­tle metal to your space. Some of the met­als that are used in Feng Shui in­clude stain­less steel, alu­minum, brass, sil­ver and iron.

A lit­tle metal can go a long way to adding piz­zazz to your space.

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