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Tips for using decorative stainless steel sheets in interior design

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Linda Wong

As one of the co-founders of Vigorss, I have been deeply involved in the decorative stainless steel sheet industry for over ten years, gaining extensive knowledge of product craftsmanship. I enjoy approaching issues from the customer's perspective, so the blog posts can address many customer pain points. Feel free to leave a comment to suggest topics for the next posts.

Are you searching for a material that can bring sophistication and durability to your interior designs? Decorative stainless steel sheets have what it takes! They are heat-resistant and easy to clean and maintain. Plus, with an extensive variety of patterns and finishes at your disposal, you can craft a custom aesthetic that truly stands out from the crowd. Not only do stainless sheets offer impressive energy efficiency benefits but they're also 100% recyclable - making them perfect if sustainability is important to your clients.

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Through this article, you can gain valuable insight and advice on how to use decorative stainless sheets in their design projects. This way, you are able to create stunning yet functional spaces for your clients.

Explore different types of stainless steel sheets

Whether you’re seeking an industrial feel or a modern look, there are countless stainless sheet options available to fit your interior design needs. With this in mind, here are some of the most popular types for you to explore today!

Mirror polish

Our expansive selection of mirror polish includes No.8, No.10, and No.12; additionally, we provide an extensive array of colors such as gold, rose gold, champagne, black, grey, blue, green violet, and copper for additional customization options.

Vigorss Mirror Polish


With its reflective surface, mirror stainless steel sheets not only add a modern touch of elegance to furniture and lighting fixtures; they are great for feature walls and accents in kitchens, bathrooms, ceilings, and elevators.

Their capacity to create the illusion of space makes them an ideal choice for cramped spaces or dimly lit rooms without natural light. However, it has an easily overlooked downside- during installation the surface can be scratched or fingerprints may remain on its finish.

Unleash your creative side and see how mirror sheets can revolutionize a mundane room into an elegant, modern living space.

Brushed finish

Besides the glossy mirror finish, you can also acquire a brushed(matte) texture such as satin and hairline. They too can be enriched to be colors just like the mirror polish.


Create a range of cabinetry styles, furniture, niche or built-in shelving, backsplashes, and room dividers with brushed stainless steel sheets for your interior design project. The calm yet durable texture is both visually pleasing to the eye and easy to clean, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic spaces like kitchens. Plus, its low shine provides sleek sophistication that will never go out of style! When combined with other materials, such as wood or glass, satin stainless sheets can even bring life to a room.



Imparting a unique and textured finish, embossed stainless steel sheets are created by pressing a pattern into the surface of the sheet with a rolling die. This distinctive process can inject depth and visual interest into any interior design project! Whether you’re seeking something subtle or audacious, this type of sheet with or without coloring has a style for everyone. From linen and leather to sand grain, wood grain fabric grain, round bead, and square bead – the choices are practically infinite!


Applications in interior design

Embossed stainless steel sheets are a great way to add texture, color, and individuality to any space. With the unique patterns, they can give an industrial feel or provide a modern twist on traditional interiors.

  1. Feature walls: create eye-catching and textured feature walls in a variety of spaces, from commercial lobbies to residential living rooms.
  2. Cabinetry: create unique and modern stainless steel cabinets, either as an accent piece or as the main material.
  3. Backsplashes: create stylish and practical backsplashes in kitchens and bathrooms, adding texture and visual interest to the space.
  4. Furniture: create custom stainless steel furniture pieces such as tables, chairs, and shelving.
  5. Decorative accents: decorative accents such as room dividers, wall art, and decorative panels.



Produced with the help of a stamping machine that applies force to shape it into the desired design or pattern, this technique creates an intricate and more defined pattern compared to embossed sheets which use hydraulic presses for creating raised designs on them. Additionally, these come in various patterns as well as colors so you can choose one that matches perfectly with what you are trying to achieve aesthetically!

Opting for stamped stainless steel sheets offers so many advantages, including easy cleaning and maintenance. The patterned surface helps to prevent dirt and dust from settling on the sheet, ultimately ensuring that it retains its polished look for longer. Furthermore, if there is some buildup of debris or grime on the fabric’s surface – simply wiping it away with a damp cloth will do the trick without disrupting its finish!

Water Ripple Pattern

Vigorss Water Ripple Stainless Steel Sheet

Mirror Stainless steel sheets with a water ripple pattern have become exceedingly popular for ceiling panels and wall coverings in recent years.

  1. Large waves: This style features large, sweeping curves that create a dramatic effect on the surface of the sheet.
  2. Medium waves: slightly smaller, less noticeable than the large waves
  3. Small waves: smaller, more subtle curves that create a gentle ripple effect



AFP is a type of surface protection that prevents fingerprints and smudges to make cleaning easier. This special coating can be applied on all stainless steel decorative sheets, although it comes with an additional cost – we highly recommend adding this extra feature for cleaner surfaces and better hygiene!

AFP metal sheets are a perfect selection for active households or businesses, as they require minimal effort to clean and maintain; only a damp cloth with some mild detergent is necessary to eradicate any dirt that may have accumulated.

Practical Considerations for Using Decorative Stainless Steel Sheets

Before you select decorative stainless steel sheets for your interior design project, there are some essential factors to keep in mind.

Stainless steel grade

Choosing the right material for a stainless steel sheet is an important consideration in any interior design project. Grade 304 steel is the most commonly used grade and offers good corrosion resistance, while grade 316 provides better durability in corrosive environments, and can potentially last for decades with minimal care. If a lower-grade material is chosen(201, for example, it may need frequent repairs or upgrades in order to remain look good over time.


Choosing the right size and thickness of stainless steel sheet for an interior design project is an important consideration. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect size and thickness of stainless steel sheet:

  • Before deciding on the size and thickness of a stainless sheet, contemplate the usage it is intended for. For instance, an industrial countertop may necessitate thicker material than what would be used in decorative paneling while interior decoration elements can make do with thinner sheets.
  • Look at standard sizes: Sheets are available in standard sizes including 1219*2438mm and 1219*3048mm, so selecting standard sizes can avoid excess materials and unnecessary spending when size customization is not needed.
  • Consider the weight: The weight of a stainless steel sheet is determined by its thickness, which determines the load-bearing capacity and stability of the structure. The uniformity of the wall or surface should be taken into account when selecting a sheet with a suitable thickness – thicker sheets are more rigid and can handle heavier loads, while thinner sheets are more suitable for lighter loads and decorations.

Ultimately, deciding on the ideal size and thickness of stainless steel sheet necessitates thoughtful consideration of multiple factors. With the proper knowledge in hand, you can minimize time-consuming trial runs to ensure that your order is precisely what you need – saving both money and frustration!

Finish & Design

Whether your interior design project demands a sophisticated or modern look, the stainless steel sheet has the perfect finish to fit. Some popular finishes that can be chosen are brushed, mirrored, embossed, stamped, and etched looks – whichever will best accentuate the qualities of stainless steel while achieving an ideal aesthetic outcome.

  • Consider the overall design aesthetic: The first step is to examine your space’s overall aesthetic. This is key in choosing sheets that perfectly match and enhance the existing design elements. For example, a modern-style kitchen may benefit from stainless steel sheets with a brushed finish.
  • Think about the application: In high-traffic areas, you may need to go with more resilient finishes such as AFP brushed finish or embossing to ensure durability. On the other hand, a decorative accent piece might work better with a simple colored mirror polish.
  • Think about maintenance: If your project necessitates the use of mirrors, you should handle them with care when installing them to prevent any unsightly scratches and marks that could be caused by a collision. Even if they are covered in protective film, great caution must still be taken during installation.


When selecting a cost-effective stainless steel sheet, be sure to keep the following three elements in mind before making your decision.

  1. Establish your financial plan: To efficiently manage costs, create an allocated budget for the project. This will help narrow down possibilities and ensure that you don’t exceed your spending limit. For those looking for a cost-effective option, two types of stainless steel sheets are available: 201 and 430. While the 201 grade is suitable if no further processing that involves bending is necessary, its corrosion resistance isn’t as strong as 304 or 316. On the other hand, bent pieces can be achieved with ease when using 430 grade; however, it too has weaker corrosion resistance than 304 or 316 Stainless Steel. Despite their weaknesses in these areas, both grades may still be considered for locations not typically exposed to high humidity levels or corrosive environments.
  2. Consider the finish & design: Polishing a mirror is more expensive than brushing, and color coating costs more compared to non-color plating. Furthermore, the additional processes of embossing, stamping, and etching will incur extra fees.


Two installation options

Out of all the installation techniques, direct adhesive and screw fixing are undoubtedly the most popular options.

  1. Adhesive: For an impeccable look, a premium adhesive can be applied to the back of the sheet and then firmly pressed onto any desired wall or substrate. However, installing water ripple sheets requires more effort than flat panels; you will need to construct a wooden base first before folding each side about 10-15m wide for edging and finally coating them with silicone adhesive at their back.
  2. Mechanical Fasteners: If you’re looking for a reliable way to join stainless steel sheets and their substrate, consider investing in mechanical fasteners. Bolts or screws should do the trick – after all, they are perfect when it comes to projects that require high levels of stress resistance or may suffer from impacts. Plus, this method is particularly suitable if you need to use larger panels!


In conclusion, when you want to utilize decorative stainless steel sheets in interior design, it is essential to explore various options available. Practical elements such as size and material should be considered; what’s more, a precise installation method must also be selected that best meets the project’s unique needs. By applying these guidelines and selecting an appropriate set of stainless steel sheets with an apt placement technique, you can achieve not just beauty within their designs but also function and longevity!

Here at VIGORSS, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best decorative stainless steel sheets and services available. You can trust us for superior quality and outstanding customer service every time. Contact us now to learn more about what we offer or get free samples – it would be our pleasure to help you find a solution that perfectly suits your needs! 

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