This Simple Material Is Surprisingly Oh-So Stylish and Back on Trend

This Simple Material Is Surprisingly Oh-So Stylish and Back on Trend

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Metal finishes cycle in and out of fashion in interior design. For the longest time, shiny chrome and subtle satin nickel reigned supreme. Then, for just a minute, everything was copper — stand mixers, flatware, light fixtures — and rose gold tones were inescapable. Now brass is back, more specifically, un-lacquered brass, which is often praised for the patina it develops over time, making it a “lived-in” material. 

In this era of all-brass everything, sometimes it’s easy to forget that other metals can add just as much character and depth to a space, particularly when you mix metals. To that end, I got a healthy reminder from CB2’s recent collection that one metal in particular is a mainstay (and for good reason): aluminum. It’s extremely versatile (and lightweight!), ranging from glossy, polished pieces to more matte silver and even textured black finishes. This range means aluminum works with many design styles, from modern farmhouse to mid-century, so it fits in nearly every home. 

I gathered some of my favorite aluminum (and aluminum-inspired) pieces below. Shop your favorites to add a bit of this cool-toned metal to any room in your home. 

Aries Cast Aluminum Silver Vase

Part of the beauty of this vase is that it only requires a few stems to look full, so you can easily clip some branches or florals from your yard (or hit up your local nursery) to make it really shine. Plus, the sculptural shape can make a statement on a shelf or table all on its own, if you really want to keep it simple.

Brushed Black Aluminum Side Table 

This side table has clean lines, but the subtle texture of the brushed black finish adds interest and depth. It would be perfect for a cocktail table between two armchairs or could make a bold nightstand choice. 

Sagebrook Home Aluminum Knot Sculpture 

If you’re styling out a large bookcase or set of built-ins (lucky you!), you’ve likely realized that it’s actually difficult to fill every nook and cranny. That’s where small sculptures and accents come in handy; adding this one to the top of a stack of books or among other vases and knickknacks makes a bookshelf feel designed, collected, and full. 

Nickel 24-inch Harper Aluminum Table Lamp 

Of course, tons of brass table lamps exist. Just as you’d mix up the color palette in your home to create visual interest and balance though, you can do the same by mixing metal finishes. This aluminum table lamp would be great for an area that could use a shot of silver, while the hammered texture ensures the piece doesn’t feel too sterile or cold. 

Delta Aluminum Dining Chair 

I’m willing to bet you’ve seen metal chairs like this before. Since they’re constructed from brushed aluminum, these pieces are super-lightweight, fairly affordable, and tend to work best in an industrial or modern farmhouse style setting. That said, these seats can also hang in a mid-century inspired home and break up all the wood tones you’d typically find in such a space.

Cenote Bullseye Cast Aluminum Tray

For a double-duty accent piece, this cast aluminum tray works as a hefty coffee table accent, a catch-all tray for entryway items, or potentially as a very chic spot for all of your matchbooks. Part of CB2’s new Lawson-Fenning designed collection, this piece features a bronzy finish, proving that aluminum isn’t just a one-trick pony.

Delacora Natasha Aluminum Accent Table

The shape of this side table makes it look almost futuristic or Space Age, so it would be perfectly at home in an industrial or modern space. The textured finish makes it feel lived-in though, so it could happily accent a warmer, more traditional home as well.

This Is the Best Kind of Dining Table If You Live In a Small Space

This Is the Best Kind of Dining Table If You Live In a Small Space

Savannah West

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Savannah is Assistant Editor for the Home Team at Apartment Therapy. When she’s not writing about style tips, product launches, or interviewing designers, you can catch her re-watching Gossip Girl or on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a proud HBCU graduate and Clark Atlanta University alumna who believes there’s nothing good food can’t fix.

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The Best Place To Try Bouclé Just Might Be in Your Bedroom

The Best Place To Try Bouclé Just Might Be in Your Bedroom

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For anyone who’s had their heart set on buying something bouclé for the home, you probably already know this luxe fabric seems to increase the price of just about everything it’s on, from sofas to chairs and even pillows. If high-end bouclé isn’t currently in your budget, though, you can find a few ways to get the look for a lot less. Typically, that involves smaller pieces, but if you’re ready to invest in a more substantial furnishing that won’t totally break the bank, the best place to try bouclé may actually be in your bedroom… for your headboard.

A household name for cozy sheets, pillows, and of course, mattresses, Casper recently has gotten into the furniture game, expanding their offerings to include larger items like bed frames and upholstered headboards. Right now, the brand only has two different styles of headboards, the Drift and Bliss, and one of them, the Bliss, is — you guessed it! — available in bouclé. When I saw the sub-$700 price tag, I just had to splurge here, since that’s actually fairly reasonable for a big bouclé piece.

Personally, I try to style my home on a budget, with a mix of high- and low-cost items. My bedroom is a perfect example of this design philosophy. I scored a $120 metal bed frame from Amazon with the intention of investing a bit more on a quality, stylish headboard. My fellow editors at AT rave about bouclé, so I was decided to take the plunge on the Bliss headboard, and I’m glad that I did. It’s the perfect neutral foundation and focal point for my sleep space, and I love the luxe texture the nubby fabric brings in without disturbing its overall relaxing, restful vibe. I’m also a fan of the modern, channel tufted construction, which adds clean, vertical lines to the room.

If you’ve never owned anything bouclé, then you may not know that it isn’t always the easiest material to clean, especially in cream and white colorways. So if you’re considering bringing some bouclé into your home, a headboard may be the most logical place to do it. Think about it: How often does your headboard get dirty? It’s not exposed to food or drink the way a sofa is, and typically, when you lean back on a headboard to read or watch TV, there’s a buffer of pillows to keep your body from making direct contact with it. Keep those pillows clean, and you probably only have to spiff up this spot a few times a year, say, with a vacuum or duster. If you’re worried about dirt or staining though, you can also opt for the ash shade, which is an even better camouflager than the cream color.

Both Bliss headboards are compatible with most universal bed frames, so you don’t have to worry about what you might currently be using to support your mattress for this upgrade. At $640 for a queen, the Bliss isn’t exactly cheap, but in contrast to other bouclé furniture, it’s as close to a bargain as I’ve seen, and so far, it’s holding up so well.

Savannah West

Home Assistant Editor

Savannah is Assistant Editor for the Home Team at Apartment Therapy. When she’s not writing about style tips, product launches, or interviewing designers, you can catch her re-watching Gossip Girl or on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a proud HBCU graduate and Clark Atlanta University alumna who believes there’s nothing good food can’t fix.

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