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Metal Flooring, Dark Walls and Other Unexpected Touches

Fall is in full swing, and the days are getting shorter. And darker! Now is the perfect time to shine the spotlight on dramatic interior design flourishes, including dark walls and unexpected accents such as metal flooring. Check out the spaces that follow, and be on the lookout for industrial touches, sleek accents and plenty of grey statement walls! Because chilly weather and cloudy skies can inspire interiors that are thought-provoking with their rich hues and interesting statement pieces…

Metal Flooring

Let’s begin with metal flooring, which we’re used to seeing in spaces such as outdoor footpaths and stairwells. But what if you bring the textured metal indoors? The room below may be lacking a mattress, but its cup runneth over in the area of worn and weathered style. [from KuDa Photography]

Industrial bedroom with metal flooring and walls
Industrial bedroom with metal flooring and walls

While metal flooring may not always be practical indoors, its industrial look and sleek sheen has inspired a range of flooring options with the look of metals such as steel and bronze. Below we see ceramic flooring from the Steelwork collection by Ceramica Fioranese. [featured on Archiproducts]

Metal-effect flooring by Ceramica Fioranese
Metal-effect flooring by Ceramica Fioranese

The metallic glaze on the flooring in the next image gives this modern bathroom a contemporary feel. Once again, we see how the shine of metal can be recreated, even on non-metallic surfaces. [from Contour Interior Design]

Bathroom flooring with a metallic glaze
Bathroom flooring with a metallic glaze

Unexpected Wall Accents

We now shift our focus from the floor to the walls. Corrugated metal is often seen on the roofs of sheds, but what if it graces an indoor wall? A reclaimed tin roof from a chicken coop brings touches of rust and silver to an industrial living room in the image below. This orange and silver corrugated wall is actually a reclaimed tin roof from a chicken coop, purchased through Provenance[image from Top Kat Photo via Groundswell]

Modern interior with a corrugated wall
Modern interior with a corrugated wall

For a truly unexpected touch, anchor your room with grey by painting the color on wainscotting and window trim. This interior showcases the technique, as well as the Fuze Grey Dining Table from CB2:

Modern interior with grey wainscotting
Modern interior with grey wainscotting

Or you can go with a less-is-more approach by including strategic grey touches in areas such as trim and the stairway. [photo by Jennifer Brown, from Jensen C. Vasil Architect via Houzz]

Interior anchored by grey on stairs and trim
Interior anchored by grey on stairs and trim

Rich Paint Colors

We end today’s post by highlighting the power of dark, rich walls. The interior below appears to be decked out in black, adding a dramatic touch and beautifully offsetting pieces such as the Firefly II Pendant Light from CB2:

Home office with dark walls
Home office with dark walls

The beauty of dark colors such as grey is the way they let vibrant bold hues such as pink and red take center stage. The artwork below couldn’t have a more fetching backdrop! [from Lonny]

Bright colors pop against deep grey walls
Bright colors pop against deep grey walls

Yet colors such as charcoal can also shine when mixed with neutrals, such as wooden tones or the glisten of metallic accents. In the next image, we see an unforgettable living area that combines warm and cool hues while featuring the Victory Pendant Light from CB2:

Industrial modern living area by CB2
Industrial modern living area by CB2

Whether you add understated drama to your home through metal flooring, unexpected accents or richly-hued walls, ’tis the season to get out of your comfort zone with powerful accents and deep tones. Have a cozy fall!

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