Copper is the new black when it comes to interior home decor. The reddish-brown metal is such a versatile material. It works with anything from light fixtures to paint colors to home decor accents. And unlike the icy cold look of steel, copper adds warmth like no other metal. Combine it with any decorating style to create stunning contrasts with bold, bright, rustic, modern, or any other room theme.
Here are a few simple ways you can incorporate copper within your current home decor.
Let There be Light
Copper light fixtures come in a variety of shapes and sizes. And no matter what copper light fixture style you choose, copper complements just about any other metal from brushed nickel to polished chrome and even gold or brass. Add pizazz to a muted or neutral-colored room by adding a cluster of copper pendant light fixtures. This creates a simple but dramatic focal point. In addition, the gleam from the light bulbs reflected against a copper fixture creates quite an attractive amber glow.
Use It as an Accent
Spruce up your home with copper accents. For example, replace your cabinet hardware with copper to add a classic and timeless feel. Also, copper-rimmed mirrors or accessories like copper candlesticks add an element of charm to an otherwise drab room. However, keep moderation in mind. Too many copper pieces might overwhelm the senses and make you feel like you're in a metalworking shop.
Make a Statement
If you're looking to make a bold statement, mix in a large copper fixture to create contrast. For example, adding a metallic chair in a grey-themed room prevents the room from looking too flat. The industrial look of copper also pairs well with delicate, elegant and soft furnishings. To add even more impact, copper wall decor like pressed tiles, plaques, wallpaper, or paint really bring out the warmth of a room and draw the eye.
Leave Them Hanging
The most practical reason to have copper inside the home is for cooking. Chefs love cooking with copper cookware for its superior heat conductivity, precise temperature control, and antimicrobial properties. So quit hiding those shiny copper pots and instead put them out on full display. Hang them on a rack above your island or along a kitchen wall. Not only do they add warmth to a room but become an accessible, functional, and decorative item. They also give your kitchen a rustic, Old World feel.
In order to maintain copper’s brilliant sheen, you’ll need to keep it clean. But first you need to determine if your item is solid copper or copper plated. An easy way to figure this out is to attach a magnet to the item. If it falls off, it’s solid. If it attracts, it’s plated. Copper-plated items only require gentle soap, warm water, and a soft cloth wipe. For solid copper cleaning, dip half a lemon in salt and gently rub the copper surface.