WELL POL­ISHED IN COP­PER

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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.

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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.

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