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