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Commonly used in industrial or commercial projects, perforated metal, a sheet of metal with holes in different custom shapes, is starting to emerge in residential design. Functioning as both a structural and decorative element, it encloses spaces while allowing light and ventilation to come through. Although the standard perforation holes are typically circular, manufacturers offer a variety of holes in different shapes and sizes including, squares, rectangles, diamonds, and crosses.

Besides a design element, perforated metal in a custom residential project can create a sense of privacy, diffuse sound, clean easily, and is ideal for drainage if you used on the exterior of the home. Here are five ways you can incorporate perforated metal into a custom home project.

1. Stair balustrades: For homes with floor-to-ceiling stair balustrades, designers might consider using perforated metal instead of wall. The metal encloses the space, but it also lets the natural light from the upper level cascade down to the lower level.

2. Walkways: Open floor plan homes may use a perforated metal suspended walkway to connect the first and second floors and allow more light to move throughout the space.

3. Exterior façade: To create visual interest, architects may use a metal façade on the exterior of a home. It can provide shade during the day and make the structure glow at night.

4. Outdoor awning: If used as an awning, the perforated metal can reduce the effect of the sun and rain, and also create a unique shadow.

5. Decorative detail: The metal can be used for smaller design elements throughout the home as well. A simple modern light fixture encased in perforated metal can add a little bit of an industrial look to a traditional house.

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