It’s always a question of balance. Shiny and glittery have their place. But, subtle and finish are trending now.
There’s something warm and comforting about matte metals. In deep colors and touchable finishes, they bring something to contemporary décor without dating it.
“Matte” is a term used in metallurgy for several interrupted processes which leave copper, nickel, and other metals unfinished lacking shine and polish.
Matte deeps the color and creates a roughened but attractive feel. So, matte metals are used in small and large decorative details from hinges and doorknobs to faucets and lighting fixtures.
Cadenza understates its metal band. It encloses the LED lights that radiate from this circle with its 24-inch diameter. Those lights illuminate hundreds of crystal beads rising and dripping from the matte black.
When lit, the base and supporting cables disappear. This chandelier seems to hover or float above a formal dining room table, a conversational corner, or a master bedroom.
Delicate and fine in detail, the Cadenza is a beautiful diversion, a charming and intriguing addition to a contemporary interior.
The Hayden light fixture, on the other hand, emphasizes its black matte metal. Forcefully geometric, sleek, and simple, Hayden offers a timeless assemblage of cubes and industrial metal angles.
White fabric shades perch on acid finished black joints. This fixture hangs a full 40-inches from the ceiling. The 60-inch length and 20-inch width make it an imposing central design element.
It hangs handsomely above a modern dining room, a breakfast bar, or even a pool table. The sheer geometry in its architecture presents a magical integration of the sharply defined matte metal finish and the pure white shades.
The color and texture of matte metals are trending now in wall paints, wallpapers, furniture legs and arms, and in lighting fixtures, large and small.
To avoid visual complication, you want to mix metals without drama. A panel of matted steel place next to a high gloss panel of stainless steel creates interest without confusing the eye or interest. So, you may want to build around a single element, using its color and finish as the reference point against which you can assemble other elements, pieces, and accents.

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