Pre­cious met­als

LES­LEY TAY­LOR shows you how to steel your style with mar­vel­lous me­tallics

Gloucestershire Echo - - HOME STYLE -

IT’S ver­sa­tile, el­e­gant and the go-to ma­te­rial for adding drama to any room; and those who are fully on-board the metal move­ment can­not get enough of the shini­est of home­wares. But for some, the thought of bring­ing metal into the home can be a lit­tle daunt­ing. Af­ter all, metal has long been used for the more prac­ti­cal of home­wares such as taps, basins and saucepans, so us­ing it in a dec­o­ra­tive man­ner might be a lit­tle chal­leng­ing. For­tu­nately, there are plenty of great ac­ces­sories to ease you in gently.

MET-AL GALA

HIT the high street and ev­ery in­te­ri­ors shop will have some­thing with a me­tal­lic el­e­ment on of­fer, from light­shades and or­na­ments to cup­boards and chairs. As with any trend you want to try for the first time, ap­proach care­fully and start small. Choose some­thing rel­a­tively cheap and ver­sa­tile, so you can play around with place­ment be­fore com­mit­ting. It’s also worth re­mem­ber­ing that not all met­als will look the same in your in­te­rior scheme, so try dif­fer­ent me­tallics to see how they in­ter­act with the light and your colour pal­ette. Once you’re happy with the tone of metal that suits your home, go for it. Start hunt­ing out key pieces to add to your scheme. And don’t just stick to the high street, ex­plore char­ity shops and sal­vage yards for unique pre-loved pieces with a dis­tressed edge or two.

IN­DUS­TRIAL CHIC

THE in­dus­trial look – think ex­posed gird­ers and wire bas­ket shelv­ing – and met­als go hand in hand. But it can be a costly look to achieve. So start by re­plac­ing el­e­ments one at a time as your bud­get al­lows. Two of the big­gest changes – and ones that will re­ally pack a punch in the style stakes – are your ra­di­a­tors and bath­tub. Swap­ping a 90s-tas­tic con­vec­tor ra­di­a­tor with a chunky Vic­to­rian-in­spired spec­i­men or a chrome steel flat panel ra­di­a­tor will cer­tainly add the wow fac­tor. But if you’re con­sid­er­ing a bath­room ren­o­va­tion, a free­stand­ing bath with metal sur­round will not only pay homage to bathing habits of cen­turies past, but cre­ate the most spec­tac­u­lar show­case of met­als.

GO­ING ALL OUT

NOW that you’ve plucked up your con­fi­dence and are feel­ing com­fort­able with your me­tal­lic ac­ces­sories, per­haps you fancy go­ing all out. And by that I mean the big ones – your walls and floors. I’m not for a sec­ond sug­gest­ing you whip off your wall­cov­er­ings and re­place them with sheets of cor­ru­gated iron. In­stead, look to the fur­ni­ture brands that in­cor­po­rate me­tal­lic el­e­ments into their wall­cov­er­ings. San­der­son for ex­am­ple, pay homage to the golden pineap­ple – one of the most pop­u­lar in­te­ri­ors ac­ces­sories of the last few years – in their Pineap­ple Royale de­sign. In­cor­po­rat­ing golden hues onto a dark back­ground cre­ates a strik­ing de­sign that is play­ful but has an edge of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to en­sure it hits the right notes stylishly. In terms of floor­ing, porce­lain tiles are prov­ing to be one of the most ver­sa­tile op­tions on the mar­ket. And while they might not be made of metal, there are plenty of de­signs in­spired by the ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing the Metal El­e­ments col­lec­tion from The Baked Tile Com­pany. This col­lec­tion of tiles cov­ers an en­tire colour spec­trum with pieces in­spired by plat­inum, steel, cop­per and iron. And while they might look like metal, they have all the ben­e­fits of a tile mean­ing they are easy to main­tain and keep clean. They are also ex­tremely hard­wear­ing – per­fect for mod­ern life.

■ Les­ley Tay­lor is the au­thor of 10 in­te­rior de­sign books and has ap­peared on a range of net­work TV shows, in­clud­ing This Morn­ing, giv­ing in­spi­ra­tional ad­vice on home styling. For more in­for­ma­tion on her work, head to les­ley­tay­lor.co.uk

The Baked Tile Com­pany’s Metal El­e­ment col­lec­tion al­lows floors to get in on the look The Radi­son cast iron bath in pol­ished alu­minium from Im­pe­rial Bath­rooms will hit all the right style notes Ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent me­tal­lic hues to find the per­fect shade for your home

Light­shades are an ideal en­try-level prod­uct if you just want to try the look

San­der­son Pineap­ple Royale wall­pa­per 216326, £62 per roll, styleli­brary.com/san­der­son (Im­age cour­tesy of San­der­son)

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