A common request for surface decoration on aluminum is to show a patina or distressed effect. One of the options for this is seen in hammered aluminum. The impact points have definite highs and lows in color, tone and accents.Read More
Surfaces on Aluminum
Take a walk through the most popular finishes on aluminum as requested during 2014. Micro finishes, warm copper tints and black linear structures can be seen. Enjoy.Read More
We recently attended the NAIAS in Detroit. Decorative aluminum trim continues to have a good presence overall from dash panels and door rails to consoles and switchplates. Some interior finishes that caught our attention was the use of heavy grained brushed aluminum and textured surfaces.Read More
Taking a look back on 2014, here are the most popular posts discussing aluminum surface decoration. Enjoy! Which was your favorite?Read More
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Art Deco themes provide inspiration with items from architecture and furniture to jewelry and clothing displaying great layering of lines with textures and color. Precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and sharply defined outlines provide structure. The intersection of pinstripes and flowing lines with varying line weights and subtle details demand a closer look.Read More
Dress Up Brushed Aluminum with Patterns
Simple brushed aluminum provides a classic and clean look for decorated trim as well as nameplates and brand identification. While this is attractive, there is opportunity to capitalize the surface area to include intricate patterns and finishes. This opens opportunity for design to be sporty or playful. It also creates an avenue to add a bit of interest or accent an area of the piece of trim.
Picking up on the popularity of geometric shapes along with layers of processes took us on an exploration of layering of hexagon or honeycomb shapes. Focusing on the positive and negative space as the hexagon shapes are layered. Combinations of textures and visual dimension seemed to abound.Read More
Modern and Dimensional Aluminum Finish
Brushed aluminum is a favorite background for aluminum trim decoration. It provides a friendly canvas as the starting point for endless pattern development. Many times a geometric structure is used. Popular finishes can find their way to being featured in the Designer Disc Collection. One of these provides a modern twist to a familiar hexagon shape on brushed aluminum.
Bevel Looking Details
Brushed aluminum is a common process when decorating aluminum. Changing the direction or angle of the brush creates visual illusions and dimension to the pattern. A bevel or facet can be achieved in this manner. Here is one example showing this.
Connection with Hexagon Shapes
Finish development for aluminum trim can involve several trials to explore color and scale optoins before the one is identified which will find itself released into production or featured in a concept. Many patterns and finishes shown in the Surface Collection Gallery have gone through this evolution.