Here at Peak Steel Buildings, we think a well-designed steel building always looks good—because we take pride in our craftsmanship and the quality of materials we use. But even we have to admit that plain metal construction can be a bit bland. That’s not a drawback if you’ve got a creative mind! In fact, basic steel is a perfect blank canvas that can be decorated to make it uniquely your own. Here are just a few ideas for how to make your backyard steel structure even more attractive.
Exterior Concepts for Eye-Catching Appeal
Play with door and window shapes. For example, a clipped corner door offers an old-time look that you don’t get with a simple rectangular door outline. This style looks right at home in an agricultural setting or on a guest house. Experiment with bold paint colors and decorative trim. Contrasting paints let you highlight the architectural features of a building—or even create faux effects that add visual interest. Fortunately, with our modern design process, you can check out the finished look from the start.
Play with the intersection of the building and the surrounding environment, paying attention to factors like wind, sun, and foliage. For example, you can add an awning, covered patio, or breezeway to a new or existing metal structure. These exterior additions make great hardscape features to support vines and other greenery. With fast growing species like honeysuckle or Carolina jasmine, you can have a metal building that looks like it is part of the landscape in no time. To take advantage of natural light, incorporate skylights or wall lights into your building design. Translucent panels have the added benefit of making the interior more beautiful as well.
Interior Ideas to Add Charm
If you prefer a warmer or more textured look than steel for the interior, add a veneer of faux brick or wood for a quick makeover. You still get the durability and cost-effective steel construction, but the inside can have a very different appearance entirely. You can also accent bare steel walls with reclaimed wood and cast iron. Flooring options like glazed, stained, and etched concrete give you effects that can look as varied as flagstone, marble, or wood with minimal upkeep. These materials mesh well with the cost-effective, low-maintenance ethos of the steel building.
What if you want a more cozy and luxurious atmosphere? That’s easier to achieve than you might think. For example, you can turn a steel building from a man cave into a feminine sanctuary with canopy style draperies fastened to the ceiling like a wedding tent and luxurious floor rugs underfoot. Drop lighting in warm tones adds even more appeal. A decorative mural on the walls or floor could also create a studio atmosphere for an artist or musician. Be sure to ask for advice on prepping the intended surface to take a good coat of any decorative or mural paints.
These are just a few ways to make your workshop, garage, studio, guest house, or other steel building look even more amazing inside and out. Explore our gallery for additional ideas. We’d love to hear your inventive and creative concepts!