Mad About . . .

Mad About … Copper

15th April 2013
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Metallic has been a strong trend for a while now but this year it has softened from gold and silver to softer sheens such as copper and pewter.

I’m a huge fan of copper and really wanted a copper kitchen sink but at the time it was difficult to get matching taps and pipework so I stuck to the usual steel and chrome, but still, every time I see a flash of copper my heart lifts a little.

See what you think. Let’s start gently with a little lighting and I’m sure you all recognise this pendant from Tom Dixon.


from tattylace.com

Here is is again.

from paperblog.fr

from paperblog.fr

On its website Heals says copper fits perfectly with this year’s trend for Rough Luxe:  “Metallic finishes are all the rage in 2013, with copper leading the pack as the top choice for stylish interiors. Copper – whether beaten, aged or super-shiny – also feeds perfectly into the ‘rough luxe’ theme set to dominate interiors this year.”

fro hfoc.com.au

from hfoc.com.au

Here it has been used to clad a wall, which makes a really great feature.



Copper pipework, usually coming from a boiler used to be boxed in or painted over, but these days the trend is to leave it natural. Here it has been used as shelving.

from smarterme.com.au

from smarterme.com.au

And it works equally well in a bathroom

from niceandnicer.com

from niceandnicer.com

In fact, the Spanish designer, Jaime Hayon has taken the idea of copper piping and worked it into a range of basins and storage for Bisazza.


Jaime Hayon’s range for Bisazza

Copper bathtubs have, of course, been around for a while. Not that they’re getting any cheaper though.


from asaltbox.com

From a light copper bathroom to one using dark greys, which is equally stunning.


from thewatermonopoly.com

Perhaps you prefer this one?


from housetohome.com

Or this one in a very traditional setting. Of course wouldn’t we all love to have a ceiling this high.

from theodoreandmabel.wordpress.com

from theodoreandmabel.wordpress.com

But perhaps we should finish off with two very different kitchens. One more rustic and one very modern. I know which one I prefer.

copper sink from houzz.com

copper sink from houzz.com

from zonacucina.co.uk

from zonacucina.co.uk

And finally, a collection of copper accessories for you to admire.

from atomicinteriors.co.uk

from atomicinteriors.co.uk

So there you have some copper inspiration. Will you be adding any to your houses?




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  • [email protected] 15th July 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Kate,

    I thought you may be interested in looking at a commission I am currently doing. A lovely client (former buyer for Habitat) has commissioned me to customise a cocktail cabinet with copper! Its not finished yet, but should look very much as it does on the website, but will have handles.
    It is only currently showing on the homepage, let the slide show run and it is the 3rd image.
    Hope you like it 🙂


  • Andrea Morgan 15th April 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Wow Kate stunning selection

  • steuart 15th April 2013 at 11:20 am

    Lovely stuff – which reminds me to get the maid to polish the copper pipework…

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