3 Product Picks That Have Us Crazy for Copper
Whether you call it rose gold or copper, this metal-of-the-moment's trend status is hot, hot, hot!
Published: January 22, 2018
Crafted from solid copper (no copper-plating or painted lacquers), this oversized log holder is a trend-savvy way to add a glamorous glow to your fireplace hearth or fire pit. Occasionally polish the copper to maintain its new-penny shine or allow the metal to take on a rich patina over time. BUY IT:
Rose Gold by Any Other Name ...
True rose gold — the pinkish-gold sold by jewelers — is an alloy of pure gold, copper and a small amount of silver; the higher the copper content, the more the metal resembles pure copper so it's easy to see how the terms 'rose gold' and 'copper' have become interchangeable. Try out the rose gold trend and glam up your bath with this 5-piece set of ceramic containers that look like costly Carrara marble but are more stain- and moisture-resistant. A decorative band of rose gold adds just the right touch of glitz. BUY IT:
A hammered copper finish and durable stainless steel liner will make these handy measuring cups your baking best buds. Pretty enough to display on your kitchen countertop, the set includes 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup measures and a removable metal ring. To keep the copper finish looking its best, hand-wash, then towel dry. BUY IT:
Move Over, Moscow Mules
You're no longer the only copper game in town. Altho still popular as barware, the rosy-hued metal has gone mainstream with copper accents popping up in every space both inside and outside the home.
Kitchen Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri pulled out all the stops in this small kitchen where black Shaker-style cabinets are beautifully contrasted by the kitchen's showstopper: a custom copper range hood.
Light It Up
But range hoods aren't the only way to introduce a bit of copper's fiery glam to the kitchen as is seen in this farmhouse-style stunner by Fixer Upper's Chip and Jo where a pair of copper lanterns is an eye-catching way to illuminate, and visually anchor, the island.
Patina: More Beautiful With Age
This hose pot is a great example of how copper patinates over time. Just as iron and steel rust, copper also shows the effect of the elements' chemical reaction with the metal. When exposed to water and oxygen, a gorgeous blue-green patina called verdigris forms on the copper's surface. The more the exposure, the faster the patination till all the copper color has vanished under a layer of minty green.
An excellent heat conductor, copper has long been used as both plumbing for bathtubs and the tub itself. Not only beautiful, copper's heat-retaining properties ensure warm water stays toasty so you can sink in for a nice long soak.
Sliding barn-door-style panels are a stunning stand-in for standard walls in this freestanding tiny home bathroom. Designer Kim Lewis had copper sheets laser cut to create the intricately patterned panels that add both architectural interest and privacy. See more photos of this 375-square foot tiny home.
Create a Show-Stopping Centerpiece
Handcrafted of solid copper, this pretty pail turns fresh-cut flowers or a bunch of branches into an eye-catching arrangement. To keep it's new-penny shine, the copper will need to be frequently polished — or exposure to water and oxygen will cause the metal to take on a rich patina over time.
Metal of the Moment
Copper's timeless appeal makes it a beautiful stand-in for other popular metallic accents, like brass and chrome. In this bathroom, designer Brittany Krupnik added warmth to the cool color scheme with glints of copper via cabinet hardware and industrial-style sconces.
Copper : A Kitchen All-Star
Copper has long been the go-to cookware for chefs but copper's kitchen usefulness doesn't stop at pots and pans. It's antimicrobial properties — seriously, copper is such a germ-buster that it kills E coli on contact — make it an excellent sink, faucet, backsplash and countertop surface.
Belly Up to the Bar
Hammered copper sheets wrap the base of this curvy bar in a sun-washed Manhattan loft. Paired with tufted velvet barstools, the bar's clean lines and glamorous style give this corner of the loft a hip, speakeasy vibe.
Beautify Your Bar Cart
Even a small pop of copper, here courtesy of the carrara marble ice bucket, is a trend-savvy way to brighten up your bar cart.
Set the Table Aglow
Increasingly popular for entertaining, copper and it's trendier lookalike: rose gold are great choices for adding a warm touch of glitz to a formal or informal get-together. True rose gold — the pinkish-gold sold by jewelers — is an alloy of pure gold, copper and a small amount of silver; the higher the copper content, the more the metal resembles pure copper so it's easy to see how the terms 'rose gold' and 'copper' have become interchangeable.
Party Like a Pro
Both beautiful and antimicrobial, copper cheese knives take your cheese or charcuterie board to the next level. To truly party like a pro, pair the blades to the items you're serving: the pointed blade for hard cheese (like cheddar and gouda), a curved spreader for soft cheese (like brie and chevre) and a wide blade for semi-hard cheese (like manchego and provolone). Post-party clean-up is easy; just give 'em a quick wash and towel dry to keep the copper gleaming.
Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy
Copper's temperature conductivity (read: hot stays hot and cold stays cold) makes it easy to stylishly chill canned or bottled sodas, wine or your favorite brew for hours — even on a warm summer day.
In this courtyard, created by landscape designer Randy Thueme, perforated copper panels are interwoven with the trunks of young trees to create a privacy wall that will become more interesting over time as the copper panels verdigris and the trees grow to maturity.