It’s time for holiday decorating, which is usually associated with silver,  gold and other metallic hues. But these shiny touches don’t have to be reserved for only a certain time of year. During one of our recent renovations, our client fell in love with some special ways we sprinkled in these quasi-industrial touches with a year-round appeal. As she described it, she wanted something that looked “slick, but also lived in.”

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In the backsplash behind the stove, we opted for a lantern pattern in a pewter metallic finish. Keeping with the metal theme, we chose a mesh finish in some of the cabinets, which were also treated with a slightly distressed finish. Wire mesh is a great alternative to glass as it introduces a new texture into the design but still obscures the content inside the cabinets.

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On our Facebook page, we addressed the metallic theme highlighting some kitchen backsplashes featured on HGTV. The topic was a huge hit. Our followers loved examples such as these embossed tin backsplash tiles. With color choices ranging from copper to silver, they make for an easy way to add a visual element to your space that’s evocative of an early 20th century tavern.

Bronze tiles can be mixed with other metals to create the clean lines of a modern kitchen (or as HGTV suggests, a Mondrian painting) or added in to more traditional backsplashes for a stunning accent piece.

Silver and gold work very well as accent pieces, too. Take for example these streamlined silver “Time Square” tiles, which add a touch of modernity to any space. Or how about these gold leaf and glass tiles that bring a warm glow to the kitchen even bouncing light off of the stainless steel vent hood.

And there you have it, a (copper) penny for our thoughts about the wide variety of ways to mix and match metal into your next design.