Part two: Metal finishes In part one we looked at…
Metals within the home have long been used as a finish for all kinds of interior décor; they can be found in every furnishing; from dining tables to sideboards, to coffee tables and bookshelves. The sheer number of metals and the multitude of finishes can be quite daunting but fear not, we have put together this handy little guide to help you get to grips with all the different kinds of metals! So read on to learn something new. We’re going to begin by grouping our metals into three groups: warm, cool, and neutral metals.
Warm metals are—as indicated by their name—vibrant in colour, appearing as if they would be warm to touch. This grouping of metals includes brass, copper, and gold. While many would have very little difficulty distinguishing gold from brass and copper, trying to distinguish brass from copper can prove a little trickier. Brass is typically more yellow (though duller than gold, which is far shinier) and copper has a reddish-orange coating.
Let’s take a look at these finishes on a couple of products. First up: gold. We can find this finish on Lalique’s Rayons Gold Leaf Vase. This fantastic vase features a 24K gold leaf design and highlights the unrivalled craftsmanship demonstrated by the Lalique brand. Take note of the shiny gold that encases the honeycomb-like crystals and how it complements their delicate intricateness. This luxurious design would not be possible if made with any other metal; neither brass nor copper would fit the bill. Now, that’s not to say that brass and bronze fail to create luxurious furnishings. Let’s take a look at Porada’s Theta Table. Theta combines a tempered glass top with a strong and sturdy brass base, thus creating an imposing dining table that instantly becomes the centrepiece of any dining room.
Now, after studying warm metals, we should be able to guess what cool metals represent. Yes, that’s right, cool metals look frosty and evoke far less emotions relating to warmth and cosiness. This grouping of metals includes aluminium, stainless steel, and other silver metals. Similarly to brass and copper, you may find it difficult to distinguish aluminium and stainless steel. It’s a common difficulty, we’ve found that the best way to differentiate the two is to look at weight: if it feels light then it is most likely aluminium. Compared to stainless steel, aluminium is about one third the weight of its cool counterpart. Therefore, stainless steel is a common material used in sturdy, contemporary furniture (such as dining tables). Visonnaire paired their Raidho Dining Table with a stainless steel top and base. This incredible feat of design was built to last and leave a lasting impression on all those who dined around this table. Aluminium can also be found in several contemporary dining tables. For example, Molteni’s Filigree Dining Table has a range of tops that are supported by an aluminium base. Why did Molteni opt for an aluminium base? Quite simply, aluminium is able to create discreet structures that aren’t imposing (unlike stainless steel). Therefore, despite the similar appearance of these two metals, their functions could not be further apart.
Our third and final grouping is for neutral metals. Neutral metals are much darker in colour and are often referred to as black metals. Included in this group is cast iron metal: a heavy duty material that can be found on a multitude of furnishings, especially furnishings that incorporate wood. A perfect example of this is the Migani Home Round Table. The blend of the wooden top and cast iron base ooze craftsmanship and evoke a real sense of sturdiness. Once over, cast iron was considered a cheap and brittle metal, however, it has been proven to stand the test of time and is now used in many different industries.
That concludes part one of this three-parter look at metals. Now that we understand the different groupings of metals, their properties, and examples of their use within interior furnishings, we can move on to the different metal finishes that can be utilised. In the meantime, why check out another post on our blog? We have many more handy guides and tips to help you spruce up your home. Also, make sure to check out our social media; we post regular updates and let you know when a new post is up, that way you can be in the know and stay informed!
Lalique’s Rayons Gold Leaf Vase: https://www.harrogateinteriors.co.uk/lalique-rayons-vase.html
Porada’s Theta Table: https://www.harrogateinteriors.co.uk/porada-theta-table.html
Raidho Dining Table: https://www.harrogateinteriors.co.uk/visionnaire-raidho-dining-table.html
Molteni’s Filigree Dining Table: https://www.harrogateinteriors.co.uk/molteni-filigree-fixed-dining-table.html