Matte finishes offer a dramatic contrast to glam elements and pair perfectly with midcentury styles.
Take a look through the fall décor catalogs or browse the aisles of furnishings stores and you’ll see a recurring theme: matte finishes.
“Matte is having a moment right now,” says Donna Garlough, Joss & Main’s style director. “Especially in white, black, chalky grays and pastels. It works because accents and lighting in a matte finish pair so naturally with some of the furniture trends we’re seeing.”
The velvety, non-glossy sheens offset the natural walnut tones and satiny surface of midcentury wood furniture. And they offer a dramatic contrast to glam elements like burnished and polished metals, clear acrylic, and high- and medium-nap textiles.
“A matte piece can be very grounding, and neutralize the look,” Garlough says.
Manufacturers are using a range of techniques, like lime washes, eggshell paints, powder-coating and ceramic firing. When honed instead of highly polished, marble, stone and other materials develop a soft matte glow.
The spare, linear Mermelada Estudio’s Alchemy Queen Bed Frame ($499 at cb2.com), in matte black, is a backdrop for linens of any style. Joss & Main’s Elizabeth Floor Lamp ($64 at jossandmain.com ) is cast in matte black steel, giving its slim profile a bit of an industrial look.
Room and Board has an exclusive collection of porcelain vases based on Hungarian ceramicist Eva Zeisel’s modernist designs. The curvy KleinReid Sur Vases (starting at $209 at roomandboard.com), rendered in matte gray, might adorn a tablescape or mantel.
At Hive Modern, Swedish designer Clara von Zweigbergk’s Cirque Pendant Lamps (starting at $270 at hivemodern.com) were inspired by her trip to Copenhagen’s Tivoli district. Bands of spun aluminum in matte hues suggest playful carousels, cotton candy makers and wheels of fortune.
The trend has found its way into the kitchen, too. Jean-Marie Massaud’s Namaste 3 Piece Plate Set ($178 at hivemodern.com) are free-form melamine pieces that resemble flat stones in earthy hues.
Williams-Sonoma has a dramatic matte Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven (starting at $180 at williams-sonoma.com) in its fall collection. And Canvas Home’s Madrid Cutlery ($96 for five pieces at canvashomestore.com) is made of ebony steel and titanium.