Design Space: Interior design student Henry Tuck talks wood and metal
Every week we ask a Kiwi interior expert to tell us what they're loving now and how to use it. This week Henry Tuck, a 21-year-old Kiwi studying interior design in Melbourne talks about combining wood and metal.
Ever since I was young I've loved interior design; I'm now 21 and as I get older my passion for beautiful spaces grows. After dipping my toe into the world of graphic design in Wellington, I am now studying interior design in Melbourne, Australia.
The thing I am interested right now is the combination of wood and metal. Their juxtaposition is most representative of my personal interior style.
I love modern interiors with shiny surfaces, clean lines and neutral colours. Yet I also love traditional interiors with wood, patterns, elegant colours and comfortable textures. I have tried to combine them tastefully in my own home and in projects at interior design school.
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Modern metal placed on, with, in, next to, or in the general vicinity of wood (especially traditional wooden furniture) is a real winner.
Together, depending on how they are combined, they can elevate a bland space to make it feel more sophisticated or even edgy.
A good place to start in your home would be to contrast frames, mirrors (and mirrored furniture), vases, lighting and lamps, candlestick holders and tableware.
I won't specify which should be metal or wood, as I think you can find beautiful examples of each in both materials. It depends on which direction your current interior leans; is it woody or metallic?
Don't be afraid of which metal you combine with wood. Colour and tone are important, but in this relationship it's all about the contrasting of texture.