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Kitchen decor: using metal in the kitchen

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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We find the use of functional metal everywhere in the kitchen: in the basic construction, appliances, hinges, handles, fittings, etc. Many of these objects, however, stay hidden away behind wood, plastic or paint to hide the ugly construction. But we want to show you how metal in the kitchen can also be an impressive style element! By making use of the many different properties of steel, aluminum and other metals, kitchen designers have come up with a wide variety of creative and stylish ideas for kitchen designs. Today, we have collected some of these ideas here for you to browse.


MR & MRS TAYLOR'S KITCHEN:  Kitchen by Diane Berry Kitchens
Diane Berry Kitchens


Diane Berry Kitchens

As a first example we see a kitchen where the exposed metal shows brilliantly. From the large metallic surfaces of the fridge to the large steel handles and the construction of the stools: all these metal elements work together to create a high gloss that gives the entire space a sparkling atmosphere and glamour. Thanks to the high gloss quality of other kitchen furniture—cabinet doors, glass design, the splashback, and the sleek, smooth stove—the star-like light from the spotlights to the ceiling collects and reflects everywhere, making this kitchen exude a spacious atmosphere of luxury.


Metal is flexible. The material can be bent into any shape and welded to itself again without visible seams and without losing its strength and durable qualities. So, you can easily find a complete wall unit made of stainless steel that helps to keep the kitchen clean without difficulty. In addition, here we also see the style effect of a stainless steel kitchen, which gives off both luxury and shine and is a very nice contrast with the rural interior. It is a bit eclectic and, thanks to all the metal details and exposed stone walls, this stainless steel kitchen also has an industrial style.


In addition to the dramatic shiny and reflective qualities of metal, there are certain practical advantages to the integration of steel elements in the kitchen. The advantages of stainless steel kitchen knives and other tools in the kitchen are well known, but the many practical advantages of a steel worktop are sometimes overlooked. Stainless steel is an alloy of iron, nickel and chromium. As the name suggests, this material is stainless, fully waterproof and ideal for the kitchen where there is always water and other liquids. In addition, stainless steel requires very little maintenance, and the surface can be very simply and perfectly sterilised. This last advantage is also the reason that many professional kitchens use it: it allows for effortless safety and hygiene precautions. In addition, stainless steel counter-tops can be found in almost any shape, texture and finish thanks to the flexible properties of the metal. An additional advantage of this is that the sink can be integrated into the worktop so that leakage and difficult cleaning become a thing of the past. A steel worktop can be adapted to any style and, in addition, can last at least 30 years! Please also feel free to place a hot pan directly on the counter, because steel is completely heat resistant.


As we have seen above and have read, stainless steel is the professional kitchen equipment par excellence. Hygiene, simplicity and convenience are the main reasons for this. As we can see here, it is also a material that works well in the home, for the same reasons. This relatively modest kitchen island radiates a simple and straightforward character and contains a plethora of professional luxury. The ideal kitchen for both professional chefs and enthusiastic hobbyists or simply perfect for large households!


And for those with less space but much love for functionality and style, a steel kitchen island can also take a completely different form, as seen here. The simple, minimalist and open design construction ensures spaciousness and openness. In addition, the open design also allows for versatile storage options for all the major, minor, practical and even organic things to be found in every kitchen.


Of course we can not talk about metal in the kitchen without mentioning the kitchen fixtures. The advantages of stainless steel we have already seen above apply also to the tap in the kitchen. This indispensable element in any kitchen sink has to bring the water into the kitchen many times a day. It is in constant contact with humidity, and this little piece of furniture must withstand the pressure day after day and year after year. This can only be handled by steel, and it is therefore almost impossible to escape steel fixtures. Today, thanks to the now familiar versatility and flexibility of metal, taps can take many different forms and looks, like the graceful spout featured here.

What do you think of using metal in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments!
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