Add some glamour and warmth to any space with these small, simple touches of metallic finishes.

Gorgeous metallic inspiration from Woodsin Rummsfeld.

Stainless steel and other metallic finishes might make you think of cold, sterile commercial kitchens, but infusing hints of metal into your home decor can seamlessly bring warmth, texture, and depth to a space. 

From tiles and wallpaper to hardwares and light fixtures, we’re sharing seven easy ways to let metallic shine, without going over the top.

1. Create a Metallic Feature Wall

An installation of Wabi River, a silver-and-gold marbled mural by Calico Wallpaper, cofounded by residents Rachel and Nick Cope, forms a palette of coordinated tones in the living area. Nearly all of the furnishings in the apartment are by friends and peers of the local New York design scene: The daybed sofa is by Farrah Sit, the hand-dyed shibori pillows are by Rebecca Atwood, the coffee table is by Fort Standard, and the incense burner is by Apparatus.

This silver-and-gold marbled mural by Calico Wallpaper, forms a palette of coordinated tones in the living area. 

Photo: Dean Kaufman

Feature walls are a great way to create a focal point in a room and to experiment with color, pattern, and finish. Wallpapers with metallic finishes, as pictured above, make for a great feature wall because of their reflective nature, which bounces off light and catches the eye.



2. Install a Metallic Light Fixture

Modern furnishings, a decorative metallic pendant, and colorful artwork decorate the dining space.

Modern furnishings, a decorative metallic pendant, and colorful artwork decorate the dining space.

Lance Gerber

You may have noticed that many light fixtures are often available in a range of metallic finishes, from polished chrome to a more matte copper. Part of this is because the reflective surfaces of these items help to bounce and disperse natural and artificial light. 

Fixtures like chandeliers and pendants that are often installed overhead assist in bringing the eye upward, especially when they shimmer from a metal-like surface.

3. Use a Metallic Backsplash

A new metallic, profiled backslash was added.

Like glass, metallic backsplashes help reflect light in a kitchen. No matter what shade you choose—whether it be silver, gold, or bronze as shown above—these metals will keep the space airy and bright while making your kitchen feel warm and luxe.

Photo Courtesy of ANTHONY PROVENZANO ARCHITECTS

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