Aluco: Mastering the art of steel-look styles

The aesthetic language of our interiors is constantly evolving, influenced by the tides of fashion, the changing needs of homeowners, and the technological advancements in design and materials. Steel-look styles are one of the trendiest design statements of recent years and at Aluco we are proud to be the pioneers of this iconic style of glazing in aluminium.

The ‘steel-look’ creates a minimalistic, robust approach that gives interiors an industrial and architectural edge. But how does this style differ from other popular trends such as heritage, Art Deco, Urban, New York, Scandi, Hygge, and contemporary styles? Let’s delve into these differences and how Aluco products can meet every one of these.

Exploring Industrial and Steel-Look Styles and Beyond

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Depending on the overall look you are trying to achieve with your interior decor, furniture and accessories and, of course, the present steel-look styles trend, Aluco provides the best solution. Here is how our exterior and interior designs can meet your preferred look and feel.

Steel-look style

The steel-look style is the best when you crave authenticity and a nod to classic steel windows and doors. Aluco windows, doors and screens meet most steel-look styles because we’ve designed our products with dimensions as close as possible to steel. We recommend our slimline glazing bars, steel-inspired hardware and black colour finish. The steel-look style helps you achieve slim frames, more glass, and extra light coming into your home or between your rooms with our internal doors. Overall, the steel look is reminiscent of the industrial era, original metal windows, a factory-like aesthetic and a sophisticated overall look.

Heritage Style

While the steel look embraces a nod to the classic window and door, the heritage style pays homage to the past. This style uses traditional elements like ornate moulding, antique furniture, and vintage patterns to create spaces that echo a bygone era. Here, Aluco windows and doors are perfect for replicating the heritage style with a choice of slightly thicker glazing bars, mullions and transoms. Glass plays a huge part in the heritage style, and the reeded glass option provides an extra touch of authenticity. The windows and interior doors in this project demonstrate the heritage style perfectly.

Art Deco Style

Art Deco takes both modern style, craftsmanship and material quality, whilst including geometry, bold colours and a touch of class with luxury. A classic Art-Deco style is geometry, with darker and bolder colours and suitable Art-Deco Hardware. Where the steel-look styles are more minimalist, Art Deco is elegant. For your exterior or interior Aluco doors, choose the antique brass finishes, and create symmetry by making the glass panes, mullions or transoms equal.

Urban Style

Urban is another term for steel-look styles and takes inspiration from city-centre living and more natural materials such as visible brickwork, natural wood and steel. Urban style, therefore, gives you the perfect balance of vintage and contemporary to your interior décor. You can consider fewer glazing bars combined with more contemporary-styled window or door handles, a matt black finish, or a selection of contemporary grey. For your glass with Aluco doors, consider satin or acid-etched glass.

New York Style

Aluco interior or exterior glazing also provides the perfect New York style. This is synonymous with loft living characterised by taller ceilings, exposed beams, metals, woods and brickwork. The New York style is accented with bold contemporary art, ornaments or furniture. Here again, Aluco can provide the ideal New York-style interior. We can craft internal screens, large picture windows, stylish patio doors and slimline folding sliding doors with New York-style bars. In the New York style, Aluco products create a sense of openness with natural light, possible thanks to our ultra-slim windows and doors using modern aluminium and our know-how. Our doors with the right decor will create a warmer, more lived-in feel.

Scandi Style

Among steel-look styles is Scandi. The Scandi style uses the principles of minimalism, simplicity and functionality. Usually, the design is cleaner, colours are more natural, and the interior can have an air of cosy, with the right textiles and other materials. Scandi appears softer than urban or New York. Our Floating Lock design is probably one of the best for Scandi, because there is no more minimalist door on the market in aluminium. We’ve created a fully glazed option in our steel-look styles with no visible glazing bars, creating the gorgeous look of minimalist doors whilst retaining the desirable features of steel such as the feature backplate behind the handle and ultra-slim aluminium.

Hygge Style

Originating from Denmark, Hygge (pronounced hoogie) is classic Danish with the design focused on comfort, warmth and a feeling of well-being. You’ll incorporate these features into your interior dies with cosy furniture and textiles, maybe some warm lighting, and the creation of relaxation or family zones in your home. Once again Aluco delivers with our floating lock design or any of our other door designs with optional ultra-slim glazing bars. Colour matters with the Hygge style, and Aluco is available in pastel to dark colours, cool grey, slate grey, warm, earthy or off-white.

Contemporary Style

The last of the steel-look styles is Contemporary. A design that is bold or minimalist, taking inspiration from old and new and similar to the steel look if you wish. Clean lines, neutral or dark colour colours are all used to create a modern look and our doors bring your contemporary design to life with sliding interior doors, glazed screens or partitions.

aluco steel-look exterior

Our crafted exterior collection of windows and doors, promises any of the steel-look styles whilst delivering excellent security, weather protection and energy-efficiency.

Thermally insulated aluminium, high-specification glass units, full sealing and outstanding engineering, create exterior windows, patio doors, bifolding doors and screens.

ultra-slim exterior steel-look styles doors in a barn conversion hallway

aluco steel-look interior

The slimmest, best-built, ingeniously designed and crafted aluminium collection includes hinged single or double doors, sliding interior doors, bespoke glazed screens, dividers and partitions.

With more design and glazing bar options, the Aluco Interior Collection can help you achieve any of the steel-look styles for the inside of your home and truly transform it.

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Aluco Aluminium. Redefining steel-look styles for your home

The appeal of steel-look styles rests in their desirability, individuality and adaptability whilst providing some of the best designs for the outside or inside of any property. Above all, Aluco windows and doors are crafted with the best build quality, fit and finish. We are confident they are the last doors you will ever buy. Give your home a touch of luxury and create a an altogether different kind of home. Contact us today for details of where to view Aluco nationwide.

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Industrial style Barn Doors – Cirencester

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Crafted by Aluco and professionally installed by L and L Installations, an expert Aluco and aluminium home improvement company, an installation of Aluco steel look windows in Gloucestershire to a beautiful character cottage. Our sophisticated slimline aluminium windows in the desirable steel-inspired and timeless style, create a fresh new look to this fine home whilst ... Continue Reading

Industrial style French doors in Wiltshire

The potential of an Aluco product to create captivating and focal-point designs is shown in this installation of industrial style French doors in Wiltshire. A bespoke screen spanning floor to ceiling creates a great entrance to a refurbished building use as an estate office in Lushill, Wiltshire. . Grey steel-look industrial style French doors in ... Continue Reading

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Unique features and benefits only with Aluco Windows and Doors

At Aluco, we pride ourselves on leading the way in designing and manufacturing external steel-look doors, windows and screens for your home. Aluco windows and doors come with our reputation for quality, innovation, style and authenticity. Even better, we’ve designed all Aluco windows and doors with several unique features whether as a product or how they’re designed. Here are the unique features and benefits only with Aluco. NO SLIMMER STEEL LOOK DOOR At Aluco, we understand that the beauty of ... Continue Reading

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Want to get the perfect interior door for your home or commercial space? You have the choice of sliding vs hinged internal doors, and both provide an excellent internal door solution. At Aluco, we specialise in manufacturing steel-look, Crittall®-inspired, industrial-style internal doors. Sliding internal doors create wide panels and more options when fully open. Hinged doors provide a classic look and are better for standard-size doorways. Here is an explanation of the differences between sliding and hinged internal doors to ... Continue Reading

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How to choose the perfect internal room divider

When it comes to selecting the perfect internal room divider for your home and for a commercial space like an office shop or café, the bespoke nature of Aluco internal doors and screens provides the best possible solution because of its fully bespoke and customisable nature. We’ve created our comprehensive buying guide to help you understand how our crafted and hand-finished internal room dividers offer you fantastic choices of designs, sizes, colours, and glass options. We will also explain why ... Continue Reading

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Reputation WindowsReputation Windows
12:27 19 Dec 23
Exceptional products, high end finish.The team at Aluco are fantastic, always helpful, quick to respond & offer support from quoting through to install.
Josh LumbardJosh Lumbard
09:26 18 Dec 23
Brilliant customer service from Kieran, very helpful and went out his way to provide us with a replacement part that was damaged during installation. Very satisfied with the quality and design of the doors we purchased
Alex AppletonAlex Appleton
08:52 19 Sep 23
We wanted to invest on a quality set of doors as one of the main focal points in a rather large extension of our home. After doing some research we settled on Aluco. Our contact from start to finish was Kieran, who was so helpful, constructive and knowledgeable. When installed we were so pleased as the fit was perfect, the finish outstanding. Not only did we consider the quality better than other options we looked at, the cost was nowhere near them. So much that our window/door fitters that we used on the job are now looking at them as an alternative. A solid 5 out of 5 and would definitely use again.
Andre HessAndre Hess
16:04 07 Aug 23
Great quality aluminium internal doors and quick professional service. Very happy with the products and buying experience. Kieran is super helpful!
john watsonjohn watson
20:53 01 Aug 23
After having a horrible experience with another company, we got in touch with Aluco and they couldn’t have been more helpful. As we are doing a self build, they helped us pick the right doors for the look we were after and to make the best use of our available space. We knew the doors and windows are a top quality product and couldn’t be more pleased with them when they arrived. Everyone we spoke to went out of their way to help and we felt they took a personal interest in resolving our predicament, so it’s a five star review from us for both the service and product.
JosephineJosephine
15:14 22 Mar 23
Just completed house renovation, using all the internal bespoke doors with glass panels. Absolutely delighted with the quality of doors and service. I was assisted every step of the way in getting the right size and format of extremely tall door. Keiran has been exceptionally helpful to deal with over the months from ordering to completion. 10/10I never usually do reviews but but I would say the whole experience and end result that has been achieved has been amazing.
Sarah PattersonSarah Patterson
15:28 13 Mar 23
So pleased with our new Aluco bifold doors, the best we could find on the market! We wanted bifolds with maximum glass area and no bulky frame and the Aluco doors were the perfect choice. Stunning, deep matte black colour, high quality, great choice of hardware and a first-class service. Highly recommend!
Michael HanksMichael Hanks
12:56 10 Mar 23
I've been looking for sometime to find a professional company to fit my new windows and doors and I'm so pleased I found you guys! - Aluco's products are 1st class and so easy to arrange, I just called Aluco, spoke to a very helpful lady who put me in touch with my local installer. I would definitely recommend this product & company :o)
Pauls Mc CrarrenPauls Mc Crarren
10:15 10 Jan 23
I recently had 3 sets of ALUCO exterior crital styled steel framed doors fitted to my property as part of an ongoing renovation. After looking around at various options Aluco was the only manufacturer that I felt could deliver the style I was looking for. With most other companies I thought the design was bulky and not finished to the finesse Aluco has achieved . Based on my experience I can honestly thoroughly recommend this manufacturer and will look to use them again on any future projects
Richard HansonRichard Hanson
09:42 20 May 22
Aluco is leading the way in steel look windows and doors, they are high quality, competitively priced and offering excellent external and internal ranges. We are extremely happy to supply their products to our valued customers.
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