Looking to spruce up your kitchen? Using metal in the kitchen can add a stunning elegance, sleek modern sophistication, even rustic warmth. It’s long-lasting, easy to clean, and versatile enough to fit any style. Metals have been used in commercial kitchens for years and for good reason – metals are incredibly durable. Recently, however, metal has expanded from its commercial use and is rapidly making its way into household kitchens. No longer just limited to appliances, metal’s glowing appearance, alongside its impressive functional value, is making it a popular choice for interior kitchen design. Ranging from subtle accent pieces, to cabinetry, backsplashes, and countertops, the qualities of metal will transform the busiest room in your house to a place of contemporary elegance.
Resistant to heat and corrosion, metal will keep your kitchen looking new for years to come. Metal’s nonporous quality makes many finish types nearly impenetrable to liquids, less susceptible to stains, bacteria, and mold, as well as easy to clean. Alongside its resilience and sophistication, metal allows you to have a completely hygienic area for preparing meals.
Stainless steel is the most commonly used metal in kitchens. The workhorse of all metals, it is the most durable and boasts an advantageous strength-to-weight ratio over other metals. Stainless steel, unlike other metals, won’t patina. Therefore, it requires the lowest maintenance to retain its impeccable shine and color. By working with the lustrous finish of stainless steel you can create an illusion of a larger and more open space within your kitchen. Online Metals’ stainless sheet is available in multiple finishes and gives you the opportunity to create beautifully modern counter tops, backsplashes, cabinets, and more – uniquely tailored to your style. Pre-patterned backsplashes, trim, and tiles from Online Metals make updating your kitchen even easier – with a variety of patterns that are easy to install.
Despite the popularity of stainless steel, copper is quickly becoming a contender in kitchen design. Copper is naturally resistant to bacteria and gives your kitchen a warm ambiance. Copper provides a balance of rustic charm while still giving off the modern style that metal alludes. Copper can be polished regularly to keep its rosy gold color or allowed to oxidize and develop a patina of a burnt brown highlighted with turquoise hues. There are many techniques for finishing copper, making it a versatile, adaptive material to fit any look you like. Online Metals’ copper sheet ships fast with a price match guarantee so you can create the kitchen of your dreams. Check out how these Online Metals customers transformed their kitchen countertops with Copper Sheet ASTM B370.
Brass and Bronze
Brass (made of copper and zinc) and Bronze (made of copper and tin) alloys are more rarely used as a countertop material. But their use in the kitchen and interior design is on the rise. They make for luxurious accents or statement pieces. The mix of metals makes both of them harder than copper and both start out with more golden hues than their salmon-colored parent. Both can patina into dark brownish black tones.
Zinc has less sparkle and is highly corrosion resistant. It is widely used in outdoor applications – so if you are looking to improve or build an outdoor kitchen this may be the material for you. It may surprise you to learn that zinc has actually been used in countertops for centuries. If you’ve eaten in an oyster bar, for example, you’ve seen a zinc countertop. Skip the polish and zinc’s silver shine will develop a blue-gray patina. A soft metal, the edges can be decoratively shaped, echoing dentil or crown molding or your own design. Interest in zinc is leading more metal fabricators to put it in their repertoire.
More and more kitchen designers have been installing metal countertops for hygienic – as well as attractive – food preparation. We at Online Metals thought they make such a great addition to a kitchen, it deserved its own section.
Made by forming and fastening thin sheets of metal onto plywood or a similar backing material, these countertops are custom-tailored to effortlessly fit your kitchen once it has been laid down. Metal’s malleable quality also allows you to incorporate unique designs and distinctive patterns in your countertop. A metal countertop can even be welded and polished to your existing sink to create a seamlessly integrated unit.
Feeling inspired? We found a great DIY guide to help make a gleaming countertop a great addition to your home. Just follow these simple steps on How to Install a Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertop.
Metal in your Kitchen
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