I have a confession to make: I’m a metalhead.
No, actually, metal music is a bit too rough for me, but I do like to decorate with metal. You may have noticed in my previous posts, such as in the kitchen and bathroom, there are various metal pieces here and there. I also have an elaborate metal bed frame, but I’ll be talking about that in a future post. I’ll also, in the future, be showing off my numerous wind chimes, which is more metal. Or mental? When you see the sheer number of wind chimes I have (inside the house no less), you might begin to question my sanity.
But, for today! I have a few larger, more dramatic metal pieces (mostly in my living room) to share with you. They’re actually somewhat classy, which as you’ve surely noticed by now is a rarity for me. This is also one of those posts where the things I’m showing you are a bit more on the expensive side (at least for me). However, in sticking with the theme of this blog–and my life–there are a few cheaper pieces mixed in too.
Metal is sleek and modern. It adds an inorganic touch to an otherwise ‘soft’ and cozy space like my own and can be quite striking. I like the dichotomy. A little bit of hardware mixed in with the software.
Of course, I like my metal colorful to match the rest of my decor. I’m not one for chromes and grays. I don’t want my apartment to look like the inside of a spaceship. Unless, maybe, it’s a really groovy spaceship buzzing through a sparkling galaxy, full of shimmering ribbons of rainbow-hued space clouds. This is all starting to sound a bit Lisa Frank, I know. I’ll stop with my space fantasy.
Another great thing about metal is that it’s easy to clean. A good dusting every now and then, and if need be, a wipe down with a damp cloth. I have a lot of stuff, so trust me, I like to make cleaning as easy as possible! At some point I need to stop decorating before it outstrips my ambition to clean it all. I don’t want my place to end up looking like those elaborately decorated but dusty, cobweb-draped cliche old houses in scary movies.
As I said, some of the pieces I own are more on the pricey side, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s plenty of cheap and beautiful metal decor out there. And, I’m sure mine aren’t even what a ‘real’ decorator would call expensive. But considering how much of my stuff I bought for under five bucks, it is to me!
Metal can be a cheap but classy way to decorate. Pieces can be found at yard and rummage sales, or second hand stores, and metal is long-lasting and durable, so even older stuff will still look nice. If you do find something cheap that needs a little attention, a good wipe down or polishing can bring it right back to life.
In short, metal is shiny, clean, smooth, and doesn’t have to be dull and monochromatic if that’s not your style. It’s a nice touch even if you have a flowing, organic space, as it can provide contrast and divide things up a bit. It can make a space look modern very easily, if that’s what you want. On the other hand, it can also be old-timey and rustic if you go for an aged, faded, or weathered style. I do like the rustic look, though I haven’t attempted it in my home yet. Maybe that’s something for the next time I get the urge to redecorate.
I need to collect some more metal pieces. More metal! More on the cheap! Time to take a trip to the thrift store, methinks.
Items Featured In Pictures
All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.
- Colorful abstract artwork (next to the lamp) – Gift from a friend who found it and thought I would appreciate it more than him. He wasn’t wrong!
- Squares – Seventh Avenue ~$40 for the set
- Geometric artwork with candle holders – Seventh Avenue ~$85
- Fireplace screen – Yes, that’s what it is! But since I have no fireplace, it fits perfectly into an alcove in my hallway. – Seventh Avenue ~$50
- Circular sun and flowers wall art – Seventh Avenue ~$60
- Rainbow spinner – Amazon ~$17