Clever Combo: Aged Wood and Metal
Mixing distressed wood and metal makes for a potent design combination in a single furniture piece or an entire room
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The character of distressed wood juxtaposed with the roughness of aged metal creates a marriage so full of character and visual dimension, it can’t help but steal the show. Whether you're renovating your home or curious to work the trend into your current space, look to the following photos for inspiration. The mixing of materials may never be so edgy or so satisfying.
Because aged metal and distressed wood are natural elements, their beauty is always unique. Full of texture and color, these two will set any space aflame with character. The addition of a single copper presence in this largely wooden kitchen, for example, results in a powerful statement.
When working with aged woods and metals, elevate the visual dimension by using different species and types. In this kitchen, several different woods paired with bronze fixtures provide a variety of elements to hold interest.
An island made of distressed wood and metal is a functional asset with distinctive industrial style. Stools in a lighter metal further maximize the mix.
Capturing the look can be as simple as tracking down the perfect piece. This island may be small, but with repurposed metal and wood, its aesthetic effect is striking.
Instead of pairing a wooden table with wooden chairs, keep an eye out for chairs or stools in metal. Carry the metal throughout the space with other pieces, such as a light fixture.
The best thing about this look is you can find pieces inexpensively once they're on your radar. Hunt down a distressed desk and chair at a flea market or antiques store, and add a metal toolbox for office supplies.
Enhance an empty corner with a vignette created from a reclaimed wood table topped with a metal accessory, even if it’s just a photo frame.
If you already have a distressed wood piece somewhere in your home, add some metal pieces. A reading lamp can be an inexpensive option.
In the bathroom, juxtapose a metal sink with wood cabinetry.
Complete your repurposed wood drawers with metal hardware for an edgy aesthetic.
If you have beautiful reclaimed wood walls in your home, you’re already halfway there. Again, this is a time to keep your eyes peeled for inexpensive metal steals, such as a metal pot like this one that could double as a place to store magazines or blankets.
If you've recently finished a room with newer metal, work in reclaimed wood, like shelving.
If you are renovating or building and want to explore this look, consider walls created with reclaimed wood with corners finished in rustic metal. This is especially interesting in a contemporary space.
Or try the opposite: a wall finished in metal. Pull in the repurposed wood element through the flooring or perhaps a piece of furniture, such as this vintage bed.
Ideabook published on May 2, 2012.
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