Perforated metal can be applied to many projects across a multitude of industries, both commercial and industrial. This is can be attributed to its strength and pleasing aesthetics, making both engineers and designers attracted to using it for their applications.
For example, you will see perforated metal used in farm equipment in the agricultural industry, in HVAC systems or in more commonly seen applications such as lighting fixtures or speaker grilles.
For interior design in particular, perforated metal can make a bold statement or serve as a subtle backdrop to a beautifully designed interior space. Staircases, fireplaces, showers and furniture are just a few pieces to incorporate this type of metal into for design purposes.
There are quite a few advantages in using perforated metal in any project where it is applicable. Metal, in general, is considered an environmentally friendly material because of the large quantities already available from metal recycling.
Metal can be recycled more than one time, too. And for perforated metal, the waste created during the perforation process is recyclable, decreasing the amount of metal used in each piece or panel anywhere from 10 to 40 percent.
Other benefits of using perforated metal include its easy installation, wide range of thicknesses possible, abrasion resistance, sound abatement and formability.
Whether it’s a perforated section within a railing or an entire staircase, perforated metal is becoming increasingly common when designing interiors. Some designers choose a more subtle look by placing a panel or two within a wood-styled staircase, either as the vertical step panels or between railings.
A more contemporary look will feature a fully metal staircase that allows more light to spread from the upper level to below the stairs. Beyond being structurally unique, this design offers a special benefit–the light shed through the metal’s perforated design will transfer into a shadowed pattern on the lower level.
In the same vein as the railing dividers, perforated metal also looks amazing as a room divider. Placing a perforated sheet to section off a kitchen and living room keeps the atmosphere still slightly open, with a modern twist.
Moving into the living room, this metal has become popular as a gas fireplace enclosure. Designs can extend up to the ceiling or simply keep the fireplace out of sight to visitors.
Interior designers have also used perforated steel sheets, for example, as shower panels, creating an edgy, clean bathroom. In a kitchen, replacing traditional cabinet front panels with perforated metal can be a quick fix to an outdated cooking space.
Taking the design to the next level, a homeowner could have these panels coated with a desired color or choose a special design for the perforations in each panel.
Lamps, tables and chairs are also great places to incorporate metal into the home. Using various metals, coatings and perforations, each design piece could either complement an existing room or serve as an artistic centerpiece.
More and more, interior designers are using perforated metal in their work. Considering it’s an environmentally friendly material and it looks stunning in so many applications, it’s no wonder perforated metal is perfect for inside the home.