It seems like everywhere you look in modern interior design, you see metallics, from industrial lighting to furniture and even wall art. As people continue to explore the possibilities of this trend, more colours, tones and textures are being introduced.
If you’re thinking about which metallic shade will work best in each room of your home or business, you’ve come to the right place. Read on, get inspired and discover why metallic interiors continue to shine bright!
Here at Industville, we live and breathe all things industrial, using raw, high-quality materials in the creation of our products. We’ve seen how interior designers have adopted the industrial trend over the last few years; instead of concealing natural elements, they’ve been embracing them!
Industrial design has taken a turn and is no longer seen as a cold and dark, warehouse-style décor. By incorporating natural textures such as leather, marble, wood and brick, metallics can now create a homely yet authentic feel.
The go-to metallic shade right now, copper is the perfect choice for people looking for that blend of luxury and warmth. The deep colour and texture can add a flourish to any room or work equally well as a statement industrial fixture.
To get the most out of copper, it’s best used as a contrast feature, adding a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral interior.
Copper lights – whether they are flush mounts, wall lights or pendants – can completely transform the feel of the room. You can then incorporate copper accessories to complement the light fixtures, either in the kitchen with appliances, in the bathroom with copper taps or in the bedroom with photo frames, embracing the colour scheme for a chic finish.
Sleek Edison Wall Light – Copper, £29, by Industville (Image supplied by @sailorandscout)
Copper in the Kitchen
Copper is perfectly suited to any neutral space that needs a bit more depth, whether that’s a warm hallway, cosy restaurant or even an exciting workplace. However, we’re particular fans of how copper can be used to add industrial chic to kitchens.
If you have a modern kitchen, adding some hanging copper pendants can bring new textures and edges to an otherwise clean space. In more traditional kitchen interiors, copper works beautifully with wooden worktops to create a classically-fashionable design.
Brooklyn Cone Wall Light - 7 Inch – Copper, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by @Dreambound1974)
While copper has been around for years, brass has surged in popularity recently! The soft-gold appearance of these fixtures is perfect for adding vibrancy to a space while also maintaining that sense of elegance.
Interior designers had been incorporating this metal mainly in kitchens and bathrooms as it adds a sophisticated touch. However, we’re now seeing brass accents in every room!
Dark kitchens are growing more popular as designers become more daring. Brass is the perfect tone to contrast against the darker colours, giving the warm tones a bit more energy and depth.
Brooklyn Dome Pendant – 8 Inch – Brass, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @KettleCoKitchens)
Brass Looks Stunning in the Bathroom
While it’s becoming popular across the home, there’s no denying where brass is most at home. In confined, private spaces, brass adds a sense of light and luxury, making it the perfect choice for a bathroom wall light.
Orlando Wire Cage Wall Light - 4 Inch – Brass, £49, by Industville (Image supplied by @Resi_UK and Home design by @Resi_UK)
Dark bedroom interiors are also becoming popular. Brass pairs perfectly with dark hues as the metal creates a beautiful contrast in tone and texture, adding light to the space.
‘‘We love our Industville Brooklyn Cone Wall Lights; the brass goes perfectly with our deep blue wall colour, and they give the perfect amount of reading light in our bedroom. We like them so much that we have ordered some matching pendant lights for the kitchen!’’ - @ruthzoo
Brooklyn Cone Wall Light - 7 Inch – Brass, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by Ruth Hill - @ruthzoo)
''I absolutely love these Brooklyn Dome Pedants. I got them in Pewter to work well with our kitchen and in brass to complement our Royal blue dining chairs. They are great quality and value and make great statement pieces. Excellent customer service and very quick delivery. Highly recommend.'' - @velvet_and_ash
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch – Brass, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @velvet_and_ash)
Brass in Commercial Interiors
Place brass lights in commercial interiors for a look full of vintage class and charisma. Statement lights above mirrors in a barbershop will give both the barber and the customer the perfect amount of light for an incredible experience.
Swan Neck Round Wall Light - 11 Inch – Brass, £89, by Industville (Image supplied @Ruffians)
Be Powerful With Pewter
Another metal that is slowly growing in popularity is pewter. What it lacks compared to the vibrancy of copper and brass, it makes up for in an incredible texture that stands out in any space.
This cooler-toned metallic has the perfect rustic vibe. In a modern interior, the darker tone of pewter is ideal for statement lighting, while it can also add texture to more traditional spaces.
If you favour a minimalist interior, then pewter is something you have to consider. Minimalistic interiors rely on neutral colours, and pewter lights are the perfect way to add a statement while also ensuring the décor is kept simplistic.
A Modern Classic
Pewter is the perfect metal to channel the original industrial vibe, as the interior trend initially focused on neutral colours - think panels of wood paired with exposed pipes. Our pewter lights are the perfect way to channel the original trend, becoming a statement piece.
The Globe Collection Pendant – Pewter, from £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @callown)
Industrial Restaurant Lighting
What lighting a restaurant uses goes a long way to creating a positive customer experience. Lighting in commercial spaces needs to be functional but also convey the style and image of the company to its guests.
Successful restaurants will pay close attention to the lighting they use as getting it right sets the tone of the establishment, adds plenty of character and establishes sophistication.
Brooklyn Step Pendant - 16 Inch – Pewter, £104, by Industville (Image supplied by @RestoranJuur)
Mix & Match Your Metals
If you can’t decide on which metal is right for your space, why not use a combination? Using multiple tones can create hugely dynamic spaces and unlock the hidden potential of an interior.
One thing to consider when combining metals is their warmth. Blending warmer tones, such as copper, with a colder brass or pewter can create a more dynamic interior.
How you blend metals can vary, helping to create yet more unique styles. Pairing a copper wall light with a darker metal staircase can create a more exciting hallway, while pewter and brass globe lights can pull the eye across your interior.
You can even combine metals in the same fixture! Our pewter/copper pendants are the perfect eye-catching fixture for dynamic interiors.
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Pewter & Copper, £99, by Industville (Image supplied by @ourplaceinsale)
Find Your Perfect Light
We have a variety of lights to choose from which all bring personality to any space. If you can’t decide which tone would look best in your interior, be sure to check out our blog, which is full of more interior ideas and inspiration for every style and space. You can also follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, where we post stunning industrial interiors every day!