Adding Metal Accent in the Kitchen

Posted by BedfordBrooks in Design Tips on Sep 15th, 2015

Metals are making a major appearance in most modern homes, from the warm gold, copper, and brass accents, to the cool stainless steel, chrome, and nickel applications.

Kitchen Metal Accent

If you’ve been looking for ways to add some metal accents into your kitchen, here are a few ideas to consider.

1. Copper/aluminum backsplashes

Metallic backsplashes and tiles are easy to clean and fit the industrial-chic look perfectly. They also complement metal and natural stone countertops, so regardless of the current setup of your kitchen, you’re likely to find a good fit with these material options.

Rich copper keeps its aesthetics throughout the year, but it seems to bring out the golden hue in your kitchen best during the autumn season, while aluminum has a ranging colour variety, stemming from vivid blue to opaque whites and greys, depending on your choice of resin.

2. Copper countertop surfaces

Metal-finished countertops are trending in modern kitchens today. Most kitchens feature stainless steel, but copper is quickly gaining popularity because it looks great and has anti-microbial properties. There are also many homeowners who prefer the softer grey of zinc, especially since it develops a darker grey patina over time.

Consider installing custom kitchen backsplash tiles and hammered tin countertops to add visual interest. You can also use stainless steel backsplash to achieve the same effect; pewter, which has a soft and warm sheen that cannot be achieved with stainless steel and blends well with a variety of colour combinations.

3. Silvery metals

The silvery metallic family of metals, including chrome, nickel, stainless steel, and aluminum, are the most used and specified finishes for baths and kitchens. These metals are not only durable with high reflective qualities, but also come in a range of finishes from the dull brushed finish to the magnificently polished metals that sparkle in any light. Chrome and nickel have become very popular in plumbing fixtures, while stainless steel appliances have become the norm for gourmet kitchen applications.

While a lot of people use stainless steel accents to add a pop to traditional kitchens, a new trend fusing unstained wood and a bright steel has been recreating the modern look. From industrial peg boards complimenting steel topped kitchen islands to pine bar stools and metal cabinetry, the ability to bring natural finishes and reflective accents is as easy as it is stunning.

4. Fixtures and accessories

Besides using silvery metals on sinks, faucets, and appliances, you can use them – or other metals – on lighting fixtures and drawer/cabinet accessories. Take your time to sort through the colour and style variations, like flush mount lighting over your kitchen sink or copper canisters positioned on the countertop, to find a cohesive look that will go with your whole home.

Choosing your metal

Metal decorative accents are a great way to add flair and interest to your kitchen without breaking the bank. Stainless steel drawers and cabinets, for instance, pop against brick, marble, or wooden surroundings. Metal and glass also make a nice contrast. To add more metal accents to your kitchen, you could also include stainless steel chairs around your Kitchen Island, or stainless steel canisters placed on a clean counter and holding your utensils.