9 Fresh Ideas for Metal Panel Home Décor

The farmhouse chic trend has come along with perfect timing, alongside a growing push to create more sustainable and recycled design. At first, this meant the widespread residential use of metal panels to build homes—a material that was once exclusively reserved for machine sheds on a farmstead. But creativity always finds its way into the home, and it wasn’t long before Pinterest was flooded with an array of unique uses for metal panel home décor.

If you’re looking to add a little farmhouse or industrial flair to your home décor, metal panels are the perfect way to bring new materials and textures into any space. From TV stands and headboards to functional storage and accent walls, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite projects for you.

Why Metal Panels are the Perfect Material for DIY Projects

Metal panels offer a wide range of benefits as a general building material. Probably the most compelling benefit is that metal panels are eco-friendly. These products are often made from recycled materials, last a long time, and are 100% recyclable once they have served their useful life. But beyond making greener lifestyle choices, we like metal panels as a home décor trend because they are durable, cost-effective, and fit with a variety of design aesthetics.

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Metal panels offer a wide range of benefits as a general building material. Probably the most compelling benefit is that metal panels are eco-friendly. These products are often made from recycled materials, last a long time, and are 100% recyclable once they have served their useful life. But beyond making greener lifestyle choices, we like metal panels as a home décor trend because they are durable, cost-effective, and fit with a variety of design aesthetics.

Metal panels can fit seamlessly with the modern farmhouse chic aesthetic. But that’s not all; they are also well-matched for industrial and modern design tastes as well. As roof and wall panels, these products are already designed for exterior use. They don’t require any additional treatments. However, if you want to coat them with a can of spray paint, you easily change the look to match your specific project.

Creative Projects Using Metal Panels

If you are modestly handy and have access to a few extra metal roof panels, you can create dozens of do-it-yourself projects to blend your craftsmanship and personal décor taste for one-of-a-kind pieces that your friends will rave about. Here are some of our favorites.

Corrugated Privacy Fencing

Whether you need to build a privacy fence to enjoy your backyard a little more or you are looking for an attractive way to cover up a dated concrete wall, metal panels are the perfect all-weather solution. In addition to adding a stylish look to your outdoor entertaining space, metal panels are lightweight and often more affordable than comparable wood fencing. Plus, it offers a lower maintenance look. Wood fencing needs to be stained and treated frequently. By comparison, metal panels can go a decade or more before they need repainting.

Interior Metal Accent Wall

Metal panels can provide an interesting texture to break up a large wall space. Choose from corrugated and flat-panel styles to get the look you want. Metal accent walls complement rustic, industrial, and modern design schemes. You can even mix and match different colors or styles. A tiled metal wall that uses a variety of textures and colors can create an urban mural effect on a large wall. And don’t overlook the ceiling. Tin ceilings have been around for a while, and corrugated metal panels work the same way.

DIY Metal Panel Headboard

Aside from keeping your pillows on the bed and losing them to that space between the mattress and the wall, a headboard is more of a design element in the bedroom. It turns the bed into a focal point and, for many, is a perfect opportunity to showcase a little personal style. If you’re not sure about doing a whole accent wall with metal panels, bite off something smaller and create an accent headboard for your master bedroom instead.

Add an Accent to the Kitchen with an Island or Bar

Have you been dreaming of adding an island but are dragging your feet because it’s going to be hard to match your existing cabinets? Sometimes it’s better to use a different material that compliments the design rather than try to match it. That’s where metal panels come in. Instead of staining wood to match your existing cabinets, you can simply cover your island or bar in metal panels. And if you’re going for an aged, rustic look, you can use vinegar to age corrugated steel panels so that they look like they’ve been on the side of a barn for 30 years.

Booth Dividers in a Restaurant or Bar

It doesn’t matter what color you paint it; drywall is boring. If you need to build some inexpensive, secluded seating options in your restaurant or bar, metal panels are a perfect solution. They fit seamlessly into most décor styles and pair well with wood tabletops and natural concrete floors.

Corrugated Planter Boxes and Raised Garden Beds

If you have a bit of a green thumb, you can repurpose metal panels to build planter boxes and raised garden beds by cutting the panels to size and framing them with 2×4’s. We recommend using pretreated wood, plywood, and galvanized steel roof panels for the best results. These planter boxes can be made in nearly any size that you desire. The cube-shaped planters that sit on the porch are 18 inches by 18 inches. You can stain and seal the wood parts to help them withstand the weather. The metal panels do not need any preparation to be used outside.

DIY Corrugated AC Cover

Are you tired of looking at your AC unit? While the cool retreat that it provides is nice, and they have come a long way in the last 50 years, it’s not unreasonable to want to hide it. Unfortunately, these units often sit in the backyard, next to the house, right in line with your patio. The solution is to build a wood-framed corrugated panel enclosure. Again, due to the flexible nature of metal panels, you can make them look rustic to match your farmhouse décor, modern or industrial.

DIY Farmhouse TV Stand

While the majority of your television stand will undoubtedly be made from wood with a stain or paint finish, metal panels can add a bit of decorative detail that gives your TV stand a one-of-a-kind look. We like the idea of a natural wood stain and corrugated steel panels for a modern farmhouse look. For industrial, you can spice things up with bright orange and straight geometric lines. For modern, keep it minimal and black.

Magnetic Command Center

Many metal wall panels come with a smooth surface, and because they are made from metal, they are generally magnetic. Although you should test how well they hold magnets before investing in a big project. Sometimes coatings can be added to metal panels which may affect magnetic properties. But if it holds a magnet well, you can make a command center any size you want with large wall panels.

Final Thoughts on DIY Creative Projects Using Metal Panels

Metal roof and wall panels are excellent building materials for DIY projects ranging from privacy fences to furniture. The durability of these materials means that your builds will last a long time, and the aesthetics will introduce a new layer of textures to your space, creating dynamic interior and exterior designs. Plus, you can check off creating an eco-friendly home environment when you repurpose building materials to create your furniture and décor. All in all, metal roof and wall panels are a versatile building material that have many uses inside and out

 

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