Pre­cious met­als

The choice used to be be­tween brushed steel or shiny chrome, but things have moved on says LANASSIR LAWES

EDP Norfolk - - Interiors - Lanassir Lawes, Swank In­te­ri­ors, Nor­wich

THOUGH I pre­fer to cre­ate my own style rather than fol­low­ing trends, both in the way I dress my­self and my home, it is im­pos­si­ble not to be in­flu­enced a lit­tle by the lat­est fash­ion.

When­ever talk­ing to a new client about what they like and dis­like, their point of ref­er­ence is what they see on the high street and in com­mer­cial in­te­ri­ors, such as ho­tels and bars, as these tend to be ahead of the game.

When I started the busi­ness eight years ago we didn’t re­ally dis­cuss metal fin­ishes in great de­tail; it tended to be a pref­er­ence be­tween brushed stain­less steel or shiny chrome, but now metal­lic is a big talk­ing point. Fol­low­ing on from the jew­ellery fash­ion for rose gold there are a huge amount of warmer met­als in home fur­nish­ings. The prod­uct se­lec­tion avail­able to work with in­cludes dec­o­ra­tive wall cov­er­ings, fabrics and ac­ces­sories as well as hard­ware such as taps and door han­dles.

This new gen­er­a­tion of met­als varies from pink tones to gold, cop­per and bronze, from smooth and shiny to some re­ally in­ter­est­ing tex­tured fin­ishes. It re­ally isn’t nec­es­sary to colour match each piece per­fectly; they tend to form part of a more eclec­tic look and can be mixed to­gether within one room.

In my client’s base­ment we have cre­ated a mono­chrome room ac­cented by gold and cop­per. The black bar area was de­signed with the work­top com­pletely cov­ered in penny coins and set in resin for a durable fin­ish. This is com­ple­mented by a rose gold tap and basin.

The wall cov­er­ing be­hind the bar is a tex­tured vinyl that re­sem­bles wood with a gold dis­tressed ef­fect and will have float­ing shelves for bot­tles.

Dur­ing the build, lit re­cesses were made in the wall to take art­work. Paint­ings of the client’s favourite mu­si­cians were com­mis­sioned to go with the colour scheme and add a per­sonal touch.

Mir­rors are an­other metal­lic that most of us have in our home, func­tional mir­rors should be sil­ver backed to give a clear bright re­flec­tion but where mir­rors are dec­o­ra­tive the ef­fect can be much softer. Us­ing a bronze tinted or an­tique glass mir­ror will still in­crease the feel­ing of space and mul­ti­ply the light but with less glare.

One last tip… when re­fur­bish­ing a home it is tempt­ing to swap out all of the light switches and plug sock­ets for metal­lic ones but my rec­om­men­da­tion is to keep them as dis­creet as pos­si­ble and to match into the wall colour rather than make a fea­ture of them.

Good qual­ity white on a light wall will look less ob­vi­ous than chrome and will not look dated as trends move on.

Above: Per­sonal touch - the work­top, cov­ered in penny pieces with the images of mu­si­cians in­set in the walls

Be­low: Ho­tels and bars of­ten lead the way in de­sign styles

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