Copper is THE hottest trend this season. Once only imaginable in your grandmothers house or under a layer of dust in the attic, it is now considered hip and eclectic. The image of medieval times cookware and servants getting it to gleam is soon forgotten when you see how current design brands have found whole new ways to make it contemporary and sophisticated again. Especially copper pendant lamps and decorative accent pieces like vases and candle holders are sought after items.
Although we see the copper accent pieces mostly used in rustic, raw interior design compositions, it actually fits in well in every interior style. Coppery metals used in interior decoration are usually copper, brasses, or gilts, all of which have been finished by being polished, brushed, sanded, or bead blasted. Consequently, there is a wide range of copper hues from raw copper to a gleaming “steampunk” brass with smooth, gleaming luxurious reds.
A copper accent piece will blend perfectly with both classic and contemporary styles. To demonstrate this I transposed a vase from HK Living which I got at local shop Pluum, in 4 different settings creating 4 different styles :
1. Ethnic Chic
Combined with Mediterranean hues like e.g. blue, turquoise, and gold it evokes a rich, opulent feel yet also warm and inviting.
2. Contemporary colorful
Set the gleaming copper against fresh colours and playfull patterns and you’ll get a whole different feel. It’s now fun and edgy, don’t you think?
3. Vintage Cottage
Paired with vintage treasures like books and whimsical or classic floral fabrics or wallpaper make this copper vase appear like a real vintage find yet with modern lines and a sophisticated look.
4. Scandanavian sophistication
A clean and uncluttered look is easily accomplished when you match copper with black and white and rustic elements like feathers and an antler. The gleaming copper vase really pops set against the black and white stripes. You instantly get more depth, texture and character.