Looking to add a little flair to your kitchen? Metal accents are a popular trend in 2013.
Whether it’s part of a full-blown kitchen reno or a simpler, shoestring makeover, metal creates a shiny, eye-catching effect. High-tech, brushed metals in simple shapes provide a modern look while romantic pieces with intricate details provide a traditional look.
Perennially popular, stainless steel appliances fit well into any décor and are widely considered to be aesthetically pleasing. The consistent shine gives a sleek appearance with a simplicity that appeals to the design minimalist in all of us. The addition of small appliances with the same stainless steel finish further enhances the sleekness.
If a new fridge, stove and dishwasher aren’t in the budget, ageing appliances can be refreshed with liquid stainless steel paint, available in a kit. When this paint is applied properly – by a professional painter with the right tools and a good eye – it gives tired appliances the look of stainless steel.
Consider a stainless steel range hood as a functional and attractive upgrade – with or without new appliances.
Kitchen countertops, sinks and backsplashes
Countertops made from stainless steel, copper, bronze, pewter, tin, and zinc continue to gain popularity. Not only do they look marvelous, but they are durable and easy to clean.
Metal deep bowl sinks and vessel sinks (which sit on or slightly recessed into the countertop) are also trendy. If you want your backsplash to shine, a variety of choices in tin tiles or stainless steel sheets (both embossed) or gleaming, metallic tiles can do the job.
Furniture and FixturesKitchen stools or chairs and tables featuring metal are another statement-making option, as are light fixtures and other hardware.
· Up-to-date or classic knobs and pulls
· Faucets and taps (decorative, vintage or simple, high-tech)
· Traditional or industrial-edge light fixtures
· A metal wine rack
· Switch plates and outlet covers,
· A metal utensil-hanging rod, or
· A pot hanger
Accessories and art
Add metal accents wherever you can. You can “metalize” your decor by adding a cutting board, colander, mixing bowls, salt and pepper mills, candle holders, wall art or sculpture, all made in stainless steel or other metal alloys.
Remember to tuck away non-metallic items into cupboards and drawers. Bring them out only when you have to use them. From there, strike your own balance between metal and other materials, adding pops of colour to bring interest to your kitchen.
by Zoë Waller
Remember: Bling’s the thing and shine is divine! What are your favourite metal pieces in your kitchen?