Cool Metals are 'Hotting Up'

After years of brass, copper and bronze taking the spotlight, chrome, nickel and aluminium – silver-coloured, or cool, metals – are making a re-appearance.

“Chrome’s downfall was its association with sterile, 90s-style minimalism, but it actually came to the fore in the 1930s and 1970s – both decades very much on today’s style agenda,” explains our founder Peter Bowles.  

“Consider using cool and warm-toned metals together for an eclectic look, miles away from the matchy-matchy schemes we remember from chrome’s last heyday.  If you’re unsure of too much chrome, using it as an accent material is a wise choice. We’ve also moved on enormously since then in terms of our interest in craft and production. We’re so much more aware of quality and finish these days, so remember if you’re choosing a plated metal, provenance is key,”  continues Peter 

“With plated metals such as chrome, aluminium and nickel, what lies beneath the surface is key, as mass-produced chrome-look fixtures and fittings very quickly show signs of wear.  Plating onto plastics or lesser quality metals can deteriorate quickly, while plating onto solid brass or steel gives a substantial, weighty feel and a long-lasting finish,” adds Director, Charlie Bowles. 

“If you find chrome a little too shiny for you, polished nickel is a slightly darker option, while stainless steel is less shiny and more reflective. Mix with natural textures and hand-crafted elements and you’ll have a look that’s very much here to stay,” concludes Charlie.


Come and see our range of chrome, nickel, stainless steel and aluminium lighting in our London showroom at Unit 228, 2nd Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.