How to combine metal and wood into your kitchen design

metal and wood kitchen
Thursday, November 5, 2015

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Metal and wood may seem like chalk and cheese, especially when thinking of design. But with a bit of skill and creative flair these two elements can add layers of texture that will lure you in and leave you mesmerised by its exquisite beauty.

We’ve given you a few basic design rules to help you be bold and adventurous in your kitchen. Family and friends will be mightily impressed with your design skills if you follow these few basics.

Create unity:

Blending dissimilar pieces doesn’t have to be difficult. The trick is to find common elements that will tie your kitchen design nicely together. You can use identical shapes for example; if you have a rounded mixer you can place a rounded ornament like a vase right next to it.

Another example would be to blend metal bar stools that are square in shape with squared off wooden counter tops.

Add in a few brighter colours:

The whole idea of mixing metal and wood is to expose the natural colours of the raw materials. If you repeat these colours within your ornaments, utensils or decorations, your kitchen may end up looking a little dull. Variety in colour will instantly liven up your metal and wood blend. Don’t use too many different colours though as your kitchen will end up looking gaudy. Rather pick from a colour palette or find a colour scheme generator online if you are not sure of what colours will match with those browns and silvers.

Pick a few base pieces to keep your design coherent. 

Multiple layers of metal and wood can create an interesting dimension within your kitchen, but you need a few base pieces to tie everything together, otherwise you might get a bit carried away and overdo it.

Using these base pieces is often referred to as anchoring. Instead of buying a whole lot of little decorative pieces separately and hoping they will all just work together, it is better to choose of few stand-alone pieces that will be your guide in adding additional elements to your design. An example of base pieces could be stylish lighting or bar stools that immediately catch your eye. Start off with these and add on from there.

Blending two contrasting elements can be tricky, but if you pull it off (and hopefully you will with our help) your kitchen will transcend design limits and exude creativity that few can rival.


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