This Super-Stylish Material is Perfect for Small Homes
Small homes do not need to be deprived of big style! One way to infuse a dose of refined, chic flair to a small home is by dressing it up with metallic elements. Plenty of tiny, trendy homes sport the metal look – and with good reason!
Not only are metal pieces a practical choice; it’s incredibly sturdy, easy to clean and unlikely to be destroyed by pets or contract dust mites. And, it simply does not take up as much space. Here are more reasons why you should seriously consider metal as a go-to material if you have a modest-sized home:
1. It’s slim and sleek
Petite homes do well with furniture and accessories that aren’t overly bulky or imposing - and this is where metal shines (pun intended)!
Interior Designer: Kerinthing Design Unit
You'll notice that many furniture and accessories made of metal are often crafted in sleeker, slimmer styles which take up less physical and visual space.
Interior Designer: Hoe and Yin Design Studio
2. It helps to reflect light
As you may know, good (and ample) lighting is a small home’s best friend. Thankfully, polished metallic elements are light enhancers, helping to reflect natural light in to a home, visually expanding smaller spaces.
Interior Designer: GI Design Sdn Bhd
Incorporating lighter, reflective metal materials with furniture or fittings, especially in areas exposed to natural (or artificial) light, can work wonders to exaggerate the appearance of space. You can double the effect of metal reflectiveness for more space by joining forces with other reflective pieces.
Interior Designer: Amorphous Design
For example, opt for mirrors with shiny metal borders, use metal handles on glass cabinets in small kitchens or living rooms, and consider polished metal lighting fixtures.
3. It works well with neutrals
Smaller homes tend to appear larger when a lighter neutral, especially an all-white décor scheme is present. And just guess which material works like a charm with white and other light neutrals?
Interior Designer: Paperwork Design Studio
Yes, it’s metal! This material boosts the light and space extending power of a white (or light neutral) décor scheme by visually opening up the space. Moreover, shiny metal provides visual continuity when combined with light neutral tones.
Interior Designer: The Arch
This means that there are fewer obstructions to the eye, as well as contrasts to limit the appearance of ‘clean’ space. Thus, a less-is-more, airy quality can come across, which is almost necessary with smaller spaces.
4. Fits with space-enhancing decor styles
Interior Designer: The Crafters
Although almost all décor styles can be applied to almost any home (with a little creativity) regardless of its size, some do work better than others. For instance, smaller homes often benefit from cleaner décor styles with more structure, as well as a generally less fussy or ornamented appearance.
Interior Designer: SQFT Space Design Management
Minimalist and Scandinavian décor themes are two of the best styles for small homes and both are highly compatible with metallic surfaces. While polished metal has a refined, modern appeal, there are rugged alternatives like brushed or rusted metal that are used in rawer décor styles such as industrial and rustic fusion interiors as well.