Sometimes when we strive for a timeless interior it can result in a space that is too afraid to say anything at all. It may be functional, yet it can be quite bland and dull.
I used to aim to create ‘timeless interiors’ for all my projects, because it’s so often referred to as the gold standard for design. However, now, I lean into evolution. Exposing myself to new ideas, experimenting and continually learning means I can change my design perspective. I’m not advocating to jump onto every new style that is the flavour of the month, but instead getting to know your design aesthetic and building on that.
One of the things I was sure that I wouldn’t budge on is brass. I adore this warm metal that shows a patina of use over time. I saw chrome as a hangover from 90s tapware and if you’ve lived through a trend, it’s really hard to jump back on board. But here we are.
The cool metals; stainless steel, chrome and aluminium feel fresh, optimistic and edgy, once more.
I first noticed the use of stainless steel in retail design; Acne in Copenhagen, and more recently in retail spaces by Hecker Guthrie. Now, I am noticing it used in house interiors; from polished aluminium ceilings and stainless steel kitchens, to furniture and lighting.
Cool metals are the perfect accent to earthy interiors as they add sharpness and an unexpected element to the space. The smooth texture is a visual contrast to rugged stone, concrete or natural timber. See how below!