The trend of using natural building materials has never gone away.
Since the early settlers installed their first 40” wide pine boards, natural building materials have proven they are beautiful and timeless, no matter what the trend is today. It’s the appeal of certain types of natural materials that trend over time.
Today, we’ll look at 3 of the most popular over time, and 3 ways you can use each of them in your home.
Over the last 10 years or so brass has gotten a bad rap with consumers because the market was saturated with low quality, imitation materials in everything from the hardware on your doors to the lighting fixtures hanging in your living room.
But according to the Blog www.thecolorandshape.com the intrigue of brass from the design community has never truly died, it just became more difficult to acquire the high quality brass that you might associate with high design of the 70’s and 80’s. These reflect a timeless style and exquisite craftsmanship that everyone desires for a beautiful interior.
We all know that you can find brass lighting fixtures and door hardware, but here are 3 unique ways you can also use brass in your home:
Building a stairway to incorporate brass into the ballisters, handrails, and spindles is a unique look. You can dress it up in a modern penthouse with marble and granite, or incorporate it into this stylish, yet more rustic decor with wood flooring and antique beams.
There are many types of trim you can put in your home - everything from baseboard to molding. Or you can trim out your kitchen with brass like in this kitchen. The light reflects out of the translucent cabinetry, the bronze accent trim is a nice accent to the modern kitchen.
3. Range Hood
Interior Designer Lisa Farmer suggests that if you want to incorporate brass into your space do so "sparingly or in unexpected ways" because it can make a big impact. Nothing proves that more than this brass range hood from featured in Dwell magazine. It's a nice touch, along with the brass lighting accents and sink faucet, without being too overwhelming.
Copper isn’t just for plumping and pipes. Unlike the silver tones of steel and nickel that have been abundant in the market of late, copper gives you that warm amber hue you won’t find in any other natural material. You can polish it, or let it age naturally, which will affect it's color over time. Either way, you can use copper to dress up a room with a tasteful accent piece, or add a touch of vintage charm - think copper clawfoot tub. Not on our list of recommendations, but it is definately #4.
Here’s 3 ways you might want to use them:
When it comes to a stellar ceiling design copper may be your go to material. Despite it's vintage charm, you can dress it up or dress it down and the warm hues contrast nicely with lighter a light interior color palette. Notice how in this Florida home the interior design played off the ceiling (or vice versa) bringing in the copper tones in the furniture, and window fashions, lighting and other accent pieces.
2. Kitchen Island
Forget a standard wood, or white island and make a statement with copper. It will be a great conversation piece and add an elegant design aesethetic.
If you are going for simple, and yet feel the pull of copper alluring colors and natural texture, consider adding it to your kitchen backsplash. This 2013 KBIS Show Home shows just how well it can work. The abstract copper hardware detail on the cabinets is a nice addition as well.
For century’s wood has been one of the most sought after surfaces for the interior of a home. To the early settlers it was by necessity, today it is because homeowners and design professions alike understand that wood is timeless, versatile, and classic. Kitchen cabinets, doors and wood flooring aside, there are a number of other unique ways to bring wood into your home.
Here’s 3 ways you might want to use them:
1. Wood Beams
You can use wood beams throughout an entire room, or keep it simple and add one to your fireplace as a mantle.
Wood is a nice, natural product to consider for your ceiling, especially if you are considering using antique wood flooring like Reclaimed Barnwood, as soon in this California waterfront home. They multitide of gray, brown weathered colors are a lovely addition, despite the modern interior.
3. Live Edge Furniture
If you have never seen a piece of live edge furniture, you are in for a treat. Furniture craftsman literally take full size boards, logs with the original edges still in tact - just like how they were cut from the log after debarking - and craft tables, chairs and other furniture. Most of it does not come cheap, but good quality rarely does.