The best type of metal to use for metal décor
There are presently eighty-four types of metal that we know of, and about half of them can be used for metal decorations in your home, office and elsewhere. Metal products are durable and long lasting. There are several reasons why metal is the best choice for you.
- Metal gives your space a classy feel – We easily find metal in huge buildings that represent power or authority and that is why metal seems detached and figuratively cold. However, there is a nice balance that you can achieve with metal that will preserve its classy feel whilst becoming familiar and warm.
- Metal is easily recyclable – Scrap metal is easily recyclable, and even if it isn’t recycled it can be reused for other purposes. E.g., canned food tins can be turned into pencil holders or a makeshift plant holder.
- Metal is durable – Metal is extremely durable, it doesn’t melt under low or hot temperatures, it doesn’t crack easily, and it also doesn’t absorb water which means it won’t rot from the inside.
These are some of the reasons why metal is a preferred material for décor. We will now be moving on to the best sort of metal to use for your home. If you read our previous article concerning the types of metals then you’re all caught up but if you didn’t, here’s a quick summary. We’ll be discussing aluminum which is well used for kitchen utensils, tin, iron, gold, silver, steel and finally the very reliable copper.
Each of these metals is very versatile and can be used in different ways, but these are ways to optimize their qualities and use them in the best way possible.
- Furniture – Most metal furniture isn’t left bare unless there is a special request. The sitting, back, and arm areas are usually padded therefore you don’t need to worry about the chair behind “hard” or bad for your back. Cast iron is perfect for indoor furniture, but not outdoor furniture, and this is because it is a form of iron; therefore, it is susceptible to rust. A great alternative for cast iron when it comes to outdoor or patio furniture is aluminum. Aluminum is corrosion resistant which means it is more likely to survive outdoors.
- Outdoor items – Under this category, we have gates, railings, door handles, and several others. For your gate, you might want to stick to good ol’ wrought iron which you must paint to avoid rusting or corrosion. The same thing applies to your balcony railings however for the door handles which will be covered and protected from rain; you could go for brass which looks better than steel. You must, however, know this; brass is much more expensive than steel is, and it also lacks the strength of steel so if you’ve got a big family or regular visitors you might want to stick to steel.
- Art – Now we will discuss the most suitable metal for the purely artistic forms of metal decoration. Aluminum is by far the most common metal used for artistic purposes. This is due to the fact that it lasts long and it also doesn’t rust however some people do not fancy the natural finish of aluminum works; they find it harsh. Copper and wrought iron, on the other hand, are more pleasing to the eye, they were, in fact, the metals used to construct the Statue of Liberty. For wall artworks, tin is the best choice, and for sculpture, we have the one and only bronze which has proven itself over and over again. Although bronze finishings don’t last long especially in harsh conditions, bronze is still a popular choice because it is easy to cast into beautiful patterns.
A majority, if not all of the items for home décor fall into one of these categories. If you have any metal decorative or non-decorative items in your home, try and guess what metal they’re made from. For more information on metal décor and the latest trends, check out our other articles.