Matte has been having a moment in fashion and makeup – from lipstick to nail polish – and it didn’t take long for the trend to make its way into the home. Matte finishes are showing up on flooring, countertops, cupboards, and more. And even if you’re not quite ready for a whole new floor, it’s easy to incorporate this chic trend with smaller updates.
With a nod to Nordic and Japanese simplicity as well as artisan-styled, handmade looks, we’re seeing matte finishes on vases, décor, serveware, ceramics, and more.
Characteristics of Matte
Put simply, matte is the opposite of shiny. With matte, high-shine gloss gives way to chic, modern, and flat. The result is minimalist, high-end, and totally of the moment. It’s worth noting that while matte wall paint tends to be less durable, that’s not the case when it comes to home goods. In general, you can trust flat finishes on pieces such a pendant lights and bar stools to hold up just as well as their glossy counterparts. And you can definitely trust them to elevate your interior. Ready to do just that? We’ve got some ideas below.
Of all the matte colors, black might be the most popular at the moment. Black is chic all on its own, and it’s even more dashing when paired with ultra-cool matte. Flat black pieces make a statement in any space.
Matte white is less common than matte black but just as stylish. It’s a little unexpected and can lend a natural or sleek, modern feel depending on the piece. When white items skip the gloss, their lines tend to become the star of the show so the eye focuses on things like geometric angles or smooth curves.
Matte Gold, Brass, Bronze & Other Metallics
Shiny gold, brass, and bronze can feel just right in some settings, but in others, they can be overwhelmingly bold. Smooth, matte gold, on the other hand, is beautifully subdued and tends to feel simpler. Likewise, matte silver, brass, and bronze add sophisticated appeal.
Whether it’s a matte black pendant or a bar stool with flat gold legs, it’s easy to add a taste of this chic trend to your home. From the dining room to the bathroom, smooth finishes can change the feel of any space.