Aleksy Danica. Kitchen Backsplashes. May 08th , 2017.
Though corrugated galvanized steel is known primarily as roofing and siding material for humble exteriors, interior use of corrugated galvanized steel is increasing, particularly in utilitarian spaces such as kitchens. The ridged-and-furrowed surface adds texture to the room. Galvanizing the steel with zinc, which slows corrosion, creates a tone-on-tone speckled appearance that complements many of the cool-toned metals frequently found in today’s kitchens.
Corrugated galvanized steel’s historical use on rural and commercial structures makes it a natural choice for rustic and industrial-inspired kitchens. It looks sleek enough for a contemporary kitchen, and the mottled finish and wavy shape add design depth. Because it is not one of the usual interior trim materials, the alternative nature of corrugated galvanized steel makes a traditional kitchen look more transitional.
Corrugated galvanized steel panels make striking wall or ceiling covers. Install the panels with the ridges horizontally or vertically inclined, as you prefer, or cut the panels into squares and opt for a patchwork arrangement of pieces turned in both directions. On a ceiling, a patchwork arrangement resembles a stylized version of decorative tin ceiling tiles. For a less prominent application, keep the corrugated steel below eye level as an island surround or bar counter facing. Small-scale applications include backsplashes and inserts for paneled cabinet doors. If you have a stainless steel stove and vent hood, corrugated galvanized steel appears more distinctive than a matching backsplash panel.
Use corrugated galvanized steel for no more than one surface type. One application is a stylish use of an unexpected material. Two or more uses looks as if the hardware store had a clearance sale. If household members sit at the bar counter and kick at the facing -- that is not the right place for corrugated steel. The noise can make you crazy, and they could dent the raised portions of the corrugated surface. Do not screw do-it-yourself corrugated metal facings to flat cabinet doors; someone could slice open a hand. Enclose the sharp edges within the raised border frames of panel-style doors.
Combine corrugated galvanized steel with additional style-appropriate materials and finishes to complete your kitchen's look. Weathered iron and medium-to-dark distressed woods suit industrial and rustic spaces. Old brick, concrete and exposed steel structural elements, such as beams and columns, are hallmarks of the industrial look. Enhance a rustic kitchen with distressed paint, earthy ceramic tile, pewter and stone. In a contemporary kitchen, mix corrugated steel with cool-toned woods ranging from blonde to espresso, lacquer-like painted surfaces, metal or iridescent glass tile, nickel and chrome. Transitional decor offers the most flexibility. You can mix corrugated steel with nearly any wood stain, paint finish, tile or countertop material. Stick with cool-toned metals for faucets and cabinet hardware. Stainless steel looks good with galvanized steel in all but rustic kitchens.
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