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Make Mine Metallic

07.27.2011

If you want to add warmth, interest and certain sophistication to your kitchen remodel, go metallic. Specifically, consider strategically placed metal or metallic-looking accents and accessories.

You don’t have to commit to a total stainless steel kitchen to take advantage of the gleam of metal. Partnered with rich woods and stone finishes, the distinctive look of bronze, copper, gold, silver or stainless can help pull a kitchen design together in a new and surprising way. 

And, it doesn’t matter if your favored style is traditional, contemporary/ avant-garde or transitional. Well-chosen and well-placed metallic decoration will be right at home.

In a formal French period kitchen with intricately inlaid cabinetry, moldings and pilasters with antique gold finish complete the look.

17.jpgOr, imagine a black gloss door with an aluminum overlay or a silvery steel inlay that defines a rich wood finish.

Picture a continuous, raised glass serving counter sitting above horizontally sculpted curved panels with a holographic metallic finish.

Marry a stainless steel culinary center with horizontal grain American Apple and you will bring out the best in both materials.

Mix rich cherry wood with cream-colored cabinetry and a copper range hood to make a truly one-of-a-kind statement in a traditional style kitchen. 

And, suppose a client has his or her heart set on an old-world look, but antique bronze is just not in the budget? You can turn to Neff of Chicago for faux finishes that beautifully mimic the real thing. The artisans and production staff of Neff create stunning 3D effects in metal without the casting process. Metal can be sprayed on plaster resin casts to produce cost effective embellishments that replicate the look of antique metals.

When you are looking for a way to put the exclamation point on your kitchen design, it may make sense to think metallic.