WELL POLISHED IN COPPER
ALL that glitters is not gold. Indeed, these days it is more likely to be copper.
Copper is making its mark in our homes in the kitchen drawer handles, sinks, taps, lighting, decorative accessories, furniture and even outdoors.
After years of other metal domination, the trend is now heading towards burnished copper.
Previously, its use in the home was n limited mainly to pipes, pots and pans.
But its burnt orange colour has recently appealed to designers.
Whether you prefer the cosy country style, shabby chic or modern minimalism, the warm tones of copper are perfect for making any space shine.
Landscape designer Matt Leacy says that while designers are playing with copper indoors, many brave home decorators are experimenting with the metal to style up their outdoor spaces.
“A statement copper piece in your outdoor area adds character, charm and something unique,’’ he says.
Copper also works well as outdoor light fittings, showers, fireplaces, water features and bespoke pots, he says.
“One of the things that works so nicely when using copper outdoors is that it acquires a beautiful patina over time,” Leacy says.
“This look works particularly well for light fittings and shower heads, as the patina allows them to subtly settle into the garden.”
Copper pots are the quickest way to try the look, he says. “Just about any plant looks good with copper, leafy plants such as a Kentia palm, or fiddle leaf fig work well.
“Silver foliage trast beautifully.
“Kalanchoe ‘silver spoons’ have a really interesting texture and offsets the copper perfectly,’’ Leacy says.
If you prefer the polished copper look, Leacy recommends keeping pots and fittings under shelter.
Or get used to polishing.
A copper pot (above) is the quickest way to update an outdoor space, Matt Leacy says. Copper is also an ideal material for outdoor showers.