What: Decorative technique in which contrasting pieces are nestled into the base object flush with the surface. Base object and contrasting inlaid pieces are most commonly metal, stone, or wood.
History: Civilizations around the world have been using this technique for millennia. From ancient China to the Mayans to Native Americans have all made things more beautiful using inlay.
Uses: Almost anything can be inlaid. Purchasing a piece that has inlay is sure to add another layer of depth and texture. Light will bounce off metal inlaid in a lamp base, a solid piece of furniture will have dimension with multiple wood species inlaid in a geometric pattern, or a small decorative box can add pattern and color with inlaid stone.