Let A Little Sheen Run Through Your Home

When most people think of refreshing their decor, they think of styles and designs to fit their personalities and home. Maybe we’re all guilty of this, but one thing that is often overlooked is the dance of light in our living space. It’s a well-known fact that the human brain perceives there to be more space in a small room when it’s brightly lit. So as part of your overall style in the home, injecting a little-polished steel, tin, and even silver would encapsulate it with shine. It’s easy to implement such a style that is really quite a special sub-group. It’s not quite often thought of as something to take action on, but sheen in the home is more than just playing with light. It’s also about drawing the eyes toward a certain part of the decor. Applying this style to your living space requires a little touch of subtlety so that it melts into the background.


Lamps and secondary light


Lamps are oasis’ of light within the home that create their own area of comfort. They could be placed beside your bed on the dresser or drawer, or perhaps in a dim corner that doesn’t receive enough light from the main central bulb in the room. However, a lamp that makes use of stainless steel produces secondary light effects. Without it being completely reflective, the light that it makes and the natural light, bounce around it with vigor. The stem can be made of another material, but the base and the shade should be incorporating the steel. The circular ribbon type of shade is perhaps the best option, and a square base would fit nicely.

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Kitchen dominance


One the best features of modern kitchens are the fact that metal and wood play different but complementing roles. Wooden chopping boards and spoons are offset with steel knives, and silver plated cutlery. Home appliances that are large and domineering add much the same effect in the kitchen. Fridges, washing machines, ovens, and microwaves add a new layer of sheen, but surprisingly they all fit casually into the background of the room. They do just become an appliance when they’re being used, but when a guest walks into your kitchen for the first time, they will notice how the light is bouncing around the room in an inviting way.

Image by Piotr Siedlecki


Mirrors with benefits


Becoming more and more widespread in culture is to use smaller mirrors to evaluate your appearance. Whether it be the car mirror, the makeup mirror or the mirrored windows of a building, they all fall short to a purpose-built mirror for the home. Again the silver, gold or steel frame of a mirror adds the benefit of a brighter home. Not just a mirror to check your appearance before walking out the door, but something that adds a little extra brightness to your hallway, lounge room or the bedroom.


Controlling light has never been easy. Interior designers have wracked their brains trying to find ways of harnessing brightness to make rooms come to life and seem bigger than they actually are. However metal is your friend in this endeavor, and you should allow it to do the hard work for you.

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