Stainless steel is a great choice for adding a touch of modern style to any home; stainless steel accessories can break up the look of wood furniture and dark surfaces and be used to reflect light and brighten a space. It's also easy to clean and very strong and durable. While stainless steel appliances are a popular option for many homes today, they are not the only way to add style to your home with this material. Consider a few tips for adding stainless steel pieces to your home.
If you find that most of your home's furniture is heavy wood or fabric, you can lighten spaces by using stainless steel pieces. Consider steel bar stools for the kitchen or breakfast nook area, or tables with stainless steel legs and glass tops. You can even find side chairs made of stainless steel that might work well in your living room next to all that heavy furniture, to break up the look. If you find the steel itself seems a bit stark, add a toss pillow over the chair to help coordinate all your pieces.
A stainless steel countertop for the kitchen can be a good choice because it's so durable and resistant to food stains, bacteria, and the like. This surface will also reflect light and make a small space seem brighter and larger. You may also get the look of a professional, commercial kitchen with a stainless steel countertop. A kitchen splashback might also be made of stainless steel so that it can provide a good contrast for a wood, tile, or glass countertop and wood floors.
Dark art pieces behind dark, heavy furniture can make any space seem dull and drab. Look for artwork made from cut and fabricated steel, or choose steel frames for mirrors. Steel shelving can also work in any room of the home for a bright and attractive storage option.
Stainless steel handrails are often preferred in commercial settings because they don't hold bacteria and they clean up very well. You can have a stainless steel handrail installed in your own home to help reflect light and brighten up a dark stairwell. Stainless steel can also be used as steps or as balusters for the stairs; this makes for easy cleanup of the staircase and also creates a bright space that provides a good contrast to dark wood tones of your flooring or furniture.