A metallic curtain track or rod can be a small work of art and provide the finishing touch to your home decor. Metal adds elegance to your curtains and can highlight both the tone of the curtain fabric and of other metallic decor. Here are 3 tips for choosing the right metal finish for your curtain rod. Metal finishes have been popular in home decor for quite awhile and they seem to be here to stay. Metallic elements give you ample opportunity to play with style and expression in a room, whether it is a classic, minimalist or futuristic look you are going for. Striking, large-scale metallic pieces can look amazing, but you do not necessarily have to go big: Curtain rods or curtain tracks with a metal finish can add an elegant touch and highlight the details of your curtain fabric. Here are 3 things to think about, when choosing from the large selection of metal colours available: 1 – Which metals have warm and cool undertones 2 – What is the (dominant) colour of your curtains 3 – Is there consistency between the metals in your room 1 - METALS WITH WARM OR COLD UNDERTONES Metallic colours vary in undertones from warm to cold and it is worth considering what effect you want to go for. Gold, brass, copper and bronze are considered warm hued metals, while silver, chrome, aluminum, nickel and stainless steel are considered as metals with a cool tone. </p WARM METALLICS Gold is a classic finish, and will always be an eye-catcher in a room. A curtain rail or rod in gold or shiny brass adds a touch of elegance and a feeling of luxury. If the colours in the room are predominantly cool or there is not much light, brass, gold and bronze can also add a touch of warmth and brighten up the space. A rod in burnished brass or matte brass has a more subdued and modern, yet elegant look. COOL METALLICS Tracks and rods in silver tones have a cool, modern look. From clean and minimalistic in silver and aluminum, a rustic look with stainless steel and nickel, to eye-catchers in chrome. Shiny metals with reflective surfaces open up a space, while matte or brushed metals create a more industrial look. Cool metals generally have a minimalist, stylish look. 2 THE COLOUR OF YOUR CURTAINS Although how we experience colours can be very subjective, colours are generally divided in warm and cool . Take a look at whether the colour of your curtain fabric is predominantly warm or cold, and decide whether your metal rail or rod should be contrasting or complementing this expression. In general, shades of blue, green, and violet are considered cold. And red, orange and yellow shades as warm. COMBINATIONS AND CONTRASTS If you choose a curtain rod with warm metal hues, it forms a nice contrast to fabrics in cool blue, green and purple nuances. Curtains in predominantly red, orange and yellow tones combined with golden metallics offer a classic, timeless look. Soft curtain fabrics such as velvet and silk are an obvious match for the golden metals, but they also look great with both linen and wool. Curtain fabric in cool tones in combination with curtain rods in cool metals create a clean, discrete look. Rails in silver tones are also a nice contrast to curtains in predominantly red, orange and yellow shades. The cool metals add some depth to the Nordic style with light colors, natural elements and raw materials. 3 - CREATE CONSISTENCY Metal curtain rods not only create a beautiful effect in your windows, they can also play to other metal accents in the room. Be sure to create some consistency between metallic finishes on elements such as candlesticks, lamps, chair legs, handles, picture frames, vases and bowls. If you want a completely clean look, you can choose to settle for a single metal finish, used everywhere. But you can easily mix several kinds of metals. MIX YOUR METALS Most metals can be used together and it’s ultimately a matter of your personal taste. But a rule of thumb is to combine cool and hot metals. The warm golden tones of gold and brass are beautifully highlighted when put together with cool tones like silver or chrome. It is also a good idea to mix metals with shiny and matte surfaces and thus highlight their finishes by contrasting them. CREATE A PERSONAL LOOK Aluproff’s curtain rods come in a plethora of different metal finishes, with matching finials. You can create a completely unique and personal look by mixing different metals on your curtain rods. You can e.g. choose a matte rod in a cool metal finish combined with a shiny finial in a warm metal tone and vice versa. HORISONT: NEW DECO RAIL AND ROD COLLECTION Our new deco collection, HORISONT, contains round, oval, square and even trapezoidal curtain tracks and rods. HORISONT has a large selection of metal finishes, both matte, shiny and with structure. The series contains brand new metal finishes for Aluproff, such as brushed and burnished brass, as well as stainless steel. The rods are available in both brass, stainless steel and aluminum, while the rails are made of aluminum and with a beautiful finish. The collection also includes round curtain tracks with a combination of wood and metal finishes. See our HORISONT curtain rod in brushed brass at Royal Copenhagen READ MORE ABOUT HORISONT Did you know… Our round AP 9001, HS 2000, HS 2400 and HS2800 curtain rails, look like classic curtain rods, but have the curtain track functionality , including the option of using wave accessories?