Metallic Finishes To Your Modern Kitchen By Wendy Dessler

Major interior designers expect to see the trends of the “modern-meets-classic” kitchen themes to continue well into the next year. While the white motifs will still dominate, expect dryer colors such as grays, soft blues, greens and pastel yellows to become the trend in accent colors. Professionals agree the real excitement is the dominant role metals will play in chic kitchen decor.

Kitchens have always had a “hint” of metal, with stainless steel, pots and pans and traditional faucets. In recent months, subtle metals have stepped into the arena. But the modern kitchen of today is exploding with a mixture of metals in everything from copper and brass accent pieces to brushed nickel kitchen faucets.

There is no better place to express yourself and your love for the bold and beautiful than the kitchen, and no more versatile material to incorporate (at so many levels) than metal. Mixing the metals creates a one of a kind look, that expresses the personality of the designer and the homeowner. For example, a stainless steel backsplash, antiqued bronzed pulls, with bright copper hangings all in one space is a striking visual effect.

Brass overhead lights give the smart workstations of today, a feel of yesterday. Copper has moved back into the mainstream of kitchen decor as people are leaning more toward vintage, farmhouse, rustic, and industrial revivals. Copper cooking ranges are a popular choice for the modern yet vintage look.

Polished copper worktops, countertops, and islands with an epoxy resin finishes which ensures easy cleaning has made its way into the limelight. They are more eco-friendly than synthetic alternatives and surprisingly easy to clean and the beautiful copper glow is easily restored.

Some people opt for the unsealed copper finish that oxidizes with time for a timeless look. These work well with darker woods. Strategically placed sheets of copper is an exquisite way to bring the wow factor to the white, contemporary kitchen.

Don’t forget the details. While the backsplashes, hanging hoods, and beautiful countertops are eye-drawing focal points, finer details make a huge impact. Adding nickel or chrome pulls on your cabinets, add a cool metallic glint. Display some copper or stainless steel cookware on lower shelves to help equalize a room and bring the look together.

Lighting is critical in any room. Industrial lighting is beautiful in the rustic kitchen. Hanging lamps with brushed metal shades in any variety of metal finishes is perfect. All your metal finishes need not match. A mixture is what

gives your kitchen the ultra modern look of yesteryear. Do not rush to do away with the less shiny metals and brushed nickel finishes, just incorporate them. Who knows what the trends of tomorrow will be? Express yourself. If you love it - use it.

Use simple metal accessories to make the most of even small kitchen areas. Think metal framed chairs and stools. If your kitchen is an open floor plan, use metal to merge the look of the kitchen with the living space, quietly. You can use wood in kind to incorporate the look of the chic kitchen with the decor of the living space or den.

Traditional kitchen designs will always be popular, but today’s homeowner will opt for more strategically placed and understated items and less “frills”.