When thinking about interior design trends, a metallic look isn’t necessarily the first thing to mind. And in fact, such highly glamorous paintwork is certainly not to everyone’s taste. Indeed, it does not work equally well in all rooms and apartments. But used correctly, a metallic wall design and ceiling color can make a room appear larger, brighter, and warmer.
As with typical wall and wallpaper color, the decisive factor is, of course, that the nuance matches the furnishings and the room conditions. It is not for nothing that there are metallic wall paints in various shades from silver to gold, copper or black steel, petrol, and velvet red. Thus, your color choices adapt to the room’s conditions to be painted, the room, and the furniture.
3 Tips for A Wall Design with A Metallic Look
Which metallic color you choose is first and foremost a question of individual taste. But, to testify to a good one and the apartment is not turned into a kitsch palace, one should heed a few primary and general tips for the metallic ceiling and wall design.
1. Never Paint Everything in The Same Metallic Color
This is particularly important with dark metallic tones. Because even if these later have a shimmer effect, the fundamental style remains dark. This weighs down the room and makes it optically small, cramped, and oppressive. Light metallic colors such as silver, petrol, or chrome nuances are more suitable for interior design with a metallic look. But if you really want to paint all the walls and ceilings of one (or more rooms) in the same silver metallic color, you should make sure that you have high tops and large window fronts that let warm daylight into the room as a contrast. Alternatively, significant mirror elements should complement the room design.
It is better to let only individual walls or selected and delimited areas, such as niches or the area behind the TV furniture, shine in a metallic light. Depending on the layout of the room, all walls can have an attractive metallic look. But then a darker floor and a white ceiling color should create strong contrasts.
2. Find Suitable Colors for Contrast and Harmony
Metallic walls reflect themselves only when combined with other colors. Here you have the opportunity to set contrasts or create harmony. However, if you opt for warm metallic colors, you should also use warm nuances for the contrasting points. It is an exception for white. It is compatible with both gold metallic and silver steel effects.
Suppose you don’t want to paint or wallpaper the walls in a metallic wall color straight away. In that case, you can create a smooth overall impression by dividing the wall surface into patterns or using wooden panels on the wall without having to forego the glamor factor that shimmering metallic colors bring with them. Metallic silver can be combined very harmoniously with various gray, creamy white, and delicate beige tones.
Structural decor such as stucco elements also loosens up the austerity of plain-colored ceilings and walls with a metallic look. This is why coffered ceilings, such as those often found in old Art Nouveau buildings or country-style apartments, are ideal for painting in a metallic color. But then you should be careful with the wall design. As mentioned in point 1.), an uncomfortable and overwhelming feeling of space can otherwise quickly arise.
3. Find the Right Technique
Depending on how intense, i.e., covering, the metallic look should be, we recommend painting different paths, ceilings, and walls. For an opaque coating, the metallic paint must be applied several times. This is the only way to produce a more or less identical pigment that ensures the natural mica effect. If the metallic wall design is only hinted at, a single coat of paint is sufficient.
In both cases, the wall must be painted to cover it with a suitable base color. Depending on the color, the shimmer effect of the metallic glaze that is applied later falls out. The choice of the base color is critical if the metallic shimmer is not to be involved in an opaque manner or only in an unstructured way using painting techniques such as the sponge or wiping process. However, for an authentic metallic look on ceilings and walls, it is essential to use so-called effect paint with a metal look, not velvet or mica effect glazes.
Metallic Effect in All Rooms
In the bathroom and kitchen, you don’t have to do without the metallic wall coating. There are also tiles and mosaic tiles in a metal look and wall color with a corresponding effect, which can easily withstand the higher humidity.
If you prefer to stay flexible and be sure that the desired metallic effect actually looks intended, you can also use wallpaper or self-adhesive decorative film. This is ideal, for example, for panels and individual pieces of furniture in metallic.