Heavy Metal: Warm is Now ‘Cool’

Pacific Heights project by Randy Thueme Design

Pacific Heights project by Randy Thueme Design

Ushering in a new fall season, warm-toned metals have made their way back into design after a decade long dominance of cool stainless steels, chromes and nickels.  Copper, brass and gold are appearing as feature architectural materials, as well as key finishes in furniture, lighting and decorative accessories.

Offering a more earthy presence compared to its cooler counterparts, warm-toned metals enhance both contemporary and traditional spaces. Cool metals, stainless steel in particular, have typically been associated with a more modern, contemporary aesthetic.

Memorial Park kitchen by Laura U Interior Design

Memorial Park kitchen by Laura U Interior Design

It doesn’t need to be exclusively one way the other; mixing warm and cool metals is a great choice. The contrast between the metals create the added benefit of a focal point, or visual pop. The Tom Dixon copper light shades in the kitchen by Laura U Interior Design (left) wouldn’t have the same punch if not surrounded by the frosty aura of white and stainless steel.

On the other hand, use warm-toned metals sparingly. Gold, for example, can go a long way in a room, and too much is just that – too much.

Here are some favorite pieces and applications:

Oly San Francisco Shelf, Coco Republic

Oly San Francisco Shelf, Coco Republic

Copper bath by Diamond Spas at Kukio Estate, Hawaii by Saint Dizier Design

Copper bath by Diamond Spas at Kukio Estate, Hawaii by Saint Dizier Design

Copper fireplace wall by Four Corners Construction

Copper fireplace wall by Four Corners Construction

Steampunk bathroom design by Andre Rothblatt

Steampunk bathroom design by Andre Rothblatt

Tower House, NYC by PMW Architects

Tower House Kitchen, NYC by PMW Architects

Polyedres by Hubert Le Gall, © photo Bruno SIMON

Polyedres by Hubert le Gall, © photo Bruno SIMON

Copper wall in San Francisco residence Game Room by The Wiseman Group

Copper wall in San Francisco residence media room by The Wiseman Group

Pythagoras Table Lamp by Mary McDonald - available through Robert Abbey

Pythagoras Table Lamp by Mary McDonald, made by Robert Abbey

D'Or Vase by Ayers

D’or Vase by Ayers Collection

Copper 1x1 3D Block by Daltile

Copper 1×1 3D Block by Daltile

Glam Grass Wallcovering Collection by Phillip Jeffries

Glam Grass Wallcovering Collection by Phillip Jeffries

Source links:

Randy Thueme Design via Houzz

Laura U Interior Design

 Coco Republic

Andre Rothblatt Architecture via Houzz

Saint Dizier Design via Houzz

Four Corners Construction via Houzz

PMW Architects via Houzz

The Wiseman Group via Houzz

Hubert le Gall via 1stdibs

Pythagoras Table Lamp by Mary McDonald via Lightopia

Ayers via Houzz

Glam Grass Collection by Phillip Jeffries

Comments

  1. Love the article! Thanks!

  2. I like!!!!

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  4. I love the warm, burnished feel of these metals. The brass, golds and coppers provide a nice softening effect. An added bonus is that people look good around these colors — I had a wedding band made in rose gold for myself just recently and I love how it looks against my skin. Our clients will look good in their rooms with hints of these flattering metallic finishes.

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