Metal design elements in all parts of the home have been regaining favor in recent years. From the resurgence of bronze and gold elements, which we've detailed in recent posts, to the popularity of rustic forged iron, metal is everywhere. Heritage Metalworks creations with the Makers Mark & Scofield brands each show specific hand-applied finishes. As it happens, HMW has been doing this for years, setting a new bar with the technique of hammering metal which has existed for thousands of years. Houzz recently featured design tips for hammered metal - a lovely, homey accent that fits so well with this trend.
Hammered metal has most traditionally been employed in kitchen designs, lending a contrasting texture or an alternative to stone or tile for a more eccentric or classic style. Light fixtures, range hoods, counter tops, cabinet hardware are all popular iterations of this. Recently interior designers have been branching out, adding hammered metals into living rooms, offices and dining rooms, and using them in the kitchen, which has now become more of a living and entertaining space.
Here are two of our favorite uses of hammered metal, from Houzz:
- Designer home lighting: "With all of its dimensional changes and divots, perhaps no other metal finish plays with light as dramatically as a hammered one," writes Karen Egly-Thompson. We couldn't agree more! This is the reason we use hand-blown glass from Germany and antiqued mirrors in some of our light fixtures to refract light - hammered metal fixtures add a textured depth and glow to any space.
- Tables and desks: Hammered metal is a great complement to furniture anywhere in the home, but is particularly adept at toeing the contemporary/rustic line. This makes hammered metal pieces wonderful additions in transitional style rooms. Given its textural quality, we prefer it in flat surfaces like tables and desks, which maximizes the material's impact in the space.
Whether you're designing a rustic farmhouse kitchen or a contemporary dining room, hammered metal can serve you well. Be sure to follow our blog for more of our design favorites!