The hottest new trend on the interior design scene? Bringing the outdoors in.
This spring, the latest trend in interior design packs a dual punch in practicality and style. Interior designers are loving metal pieces— either repurposed from outdoor furniture or designed with the inside in mind—for the way they add texture while withstanding the wear and tear of all your DC dinner parties. “Metal furniture is a good way to bring the freshness of spring indoors and a great way to break up or balance heaviness from too much upholstery or wood in a room,” says Rachel Dougan, principal at ViVi Interiors. “It allows you to bring lighter, more elegant lines into the mix without having to sacrifice durability.” It requires less maintenance than wood, says Jim Rill of Rill Architects, and “can provide wonderful detailing, from simple modern structures to elaborate ornamentation.” Here’s how three local designers are implementing the trend into their home projects.
District designer Kelley Proxmire showcases a metal piece in her own home. “I used a metal table in my dining room for an airy look and also to balance the dark wood of three existing antique pieces, including the sideboard, side table, and chest,” she says. “I also added an acrylic table and black-framed chairs into the mix to update the room even more.”
For an historic restoration in Georgetown, Jim Rill of Rill Architects worked with interior designer Jodi Macklin on this space, which features a stunning metal bed frame. “Metal provides the ability to use less supporting materials, so furniture can be lighter and airier”—a great contrast, he adds, for such a heavy, stately space.
Rachel Dougan uses a 1930s French patio chair from Random Harvest in Georgetown as a vanity seat in the bedroom of this Southwest DC apartment. “The zinc frame of the chair echoes the aluminum frame of the 1960s windows,” she says. “It looks quite at home amongst the abundant foliage displayed through the fourth-floor windows.”