At the latest editions of the trade fairs (this September’s Cersaie and the previous edition in 2018) metal effects were everywhere, from tiles with iridescent inserts and decorations to new finishes for designer taps, bathroom accessories, shower enclosure frames, cabinet handles and mirror frames. The bathroom is enhanced by nuances that interact with the light and change the perception of materials and colours that are contrasting or tone on tone to individual taste.
The most popular metallic finishes for modern bathrooms at this time are matt black, bright brass and brushed burnished gold.
Take a look at the video made on our stand at Cersaie 2019 to see some of these colours and lacquers: if you like metal furniture there are many ways to integrate items in your bathroom project.
Metal details in the bathroom: let’s start with furniture items
We are not strictly talking about metal bathroom furniture, but wood (wood or lacquered finish) or wood effect furniture enhanced by metallic finishes and accessories that highlight design and define style.
Copper, stainless steel finish, black painted: just some of the ideas that can customise bathroom furniture compositions. From handles to towel rails incorporated in cabinets to drawer frames, from legs and feet to metal or metal effect wall units.
Are rigorous style and furniture full of character for you?
Cubik is what you want!
Eye-catching textures matched with industrial details: don’t hesitate, see Dogma!
The finish on washbasins and cabinets can also have a metallic effect: you will be wowed by the freestanding washbasin coordinated with a lacquered metal finish for the open units and Disenia shower enclosure frame: an original idea for a modern, trendy bathroom, even where space is at a premium. The full-height columns optimise space by making good use of the wall free from fittings.
We talked about this explosion of coordinated lacquered colours and finishes in a post dedicated to colour in contemporary bathrooms.
Metal finishes in modern shower areas
The shower enclosure frame is a decor element not to be underestimated. You may opt for a steel effect (always very popular) or coordinate it with the same metallic finishes used for the décor and taps. The same colour can be repeated on the shower tray drain or support arms for fixed glass panels, coordinating the style of the different components.
Want to find out how the shower enclosure frame can become an important décor detail?
Take a look at the Disenia collections »
Metallic towel rails, handles and décor details
Let’s take a look now at complementary items and all those details that round off the project and define the style of the bathroom: handles, bathroom mirror frames, metal shelves and towel rails coordinated with the featured metallic effects.
New metallic finishes for designer taps and fittings
Until a few years ago the choice of a classical chromed brass finish for taps and fittings was almost conventional practice, but now colour and finish (glossy, matt, brushed, etc.) are features that complete bathroom furniture – as well as the bidet and shower area – as a style element that coordinates everything.
Contrasting effect for a modern bathroom: how can we match metal and different finishes in the bathroom?
We have prepared some moodboards with certain coordinates that are sure to inspire you! A moodboard is a type of collage that matches the colours and finishes for a decor project: it can be consulted whenever you want to define the decor and complementary items for a room.
Let’s not forget that metal-finish lamps, suspended, on mirrors or walls, or other items such as occasional tables, chairs and the handles on doors and windows, contribute to defining the style of a bathroom. Even a small detail like the washbasin drain can make a difference.
Taking care of metallic finishes
As for the other bathroom materials, we must take care of metal and metallic finishes if we want them to stay as bright and intact as they were on day one.
Always dry metallic elements to avoid watermarks and lime deposits. Usually water and neutral soap are delicate and effective, also for metal shower enclosure frames and washbasins. Here we explain how to clean chromed taps and fittings.
If the item must be degreased (handles, for example) or lime deposit must be removed, chemical detergents can be used as long as they are not too strong. Always rinse immediately with lots of water and then dry with a soft cloth.
Take care with bleach or acids; they can cause irremediable damage to metallic finishes!