A surprising but interesting trend in interior decoration has been to add harsh industrial elements to otherwise homey, welcoming interiors, something also known as industrial chic. This bit of industrial intrusion offers an intriguing juxtaposition that draws the eye, or it could point the way to the room’s function, much like how a road sign pinned to a door can offer a clue about what’s inside.
Nothing shouts “industrial” quite like metal and concrete, and since concrete blocks are hard to move and most homes have wooden walls, metal is often the material of choice for industrial chic.
Here are a few decorative examples that use metal tiles:
Diamond Panel Display
The special anti-slip pattern you see on metal floors everywhere is called the diamond pattern, and few other patterns evoke a factory quite so well. You can turn diamond panels into a wall display quite easily by getting one large plate or by connecting several smaller tiles in a wooden frame. You can also distress the panels by rubbing the ridges with sandpaper, making them appear used.
Reclaimed Metal Coffee Table
You can create an unforgettable living room centerpiece by building a coffee table out of reclaimed wood and then nailing two or three apparently distressed metal tiles to the surface. It’ll look like you constructed it from random debris you scavenged out of an old factory, but it’ll be brand new, sanitary, and very easy to clean with mild soap and water.
You can combine luxury with industry easily in your kitchen by using unfinished, unpolished marble blocks for countertops, blocks which do a remarkably good job of looking like concrete. Reclaimed wood can add a touch of the old and unrefined to the wooden cupboards, and a metal backsplash on the walls helps to complete the look. Just make sure you use a simple pattern and a simple color for the finish.
There are other ways to add an industrial edge, such as concrete wallpaper and exposing the actual concrete walls of an old building. Still, metal tiles can add to any industrial chic design thanks to the way they can be both elegant and unassuming.