Solutions: copper kitchens

Arguably the copper-clad cupboard fronts rather steal most of the attention in this kitchen, but anything less than a seamless Corian worktop would have killed the look. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2. Link at bottom of post.

How to… use copper in the kitchen

 

We love this versatile metal, which is naturally antibacterial so perfect for use in a kitchen. And, it can be bought in easy to handle sheets in various finishes from natural, brushed, beaten, mirrored to distressed. Here’s our top 7 ways to use it…

 

1 For walls Lucy Bathurst of Nest Design used copper sheeting in her home (below) behind her kitchen worktop and a cosy seating area. ‘To maintain it, just wipe with soapy water and buff’, she says. ‘It’s like polishing an old pair of leather shoes. It comes up shiny every time.’

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Lucy Bathurst of Nest Design has used copper sheeting to great effect in her kitchen. Photography: Jake Curtis

2 For splashbacks Copper is surprisingly practical for a splashback because it can easily withstand heat and oil splashes. But it’s not one to choose if you don’t like patina. Used behind a hob, it’ll naturally age and weather more over time than if used anywhere else.

For this flat in Hackney, architecture firm Studio 304 installed clever cabinetry with integrated appliances and an alcove clad in copper, which offers drama and durability.

For this flat in Hackney, architecture firm Studio 304 installed clever cabinetry with integrated appliances and an alcove clad in copper, which offers drama and durability. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2. Link at bottom of post.

For six more great splashback ideas see here.

 

3 For your units. There was a time when stainless-steel was the de-rigeur finish for kitchen units, until we all admitted it was a bit of a pain to keep clean, and was rather cold and industrial if not handled well. The thing with copper is it’s just as much maintenance, but my goodness does it look warm and wonderful. And it’ll only improve with age.

Arguably the copper-clad cupboard fronts rather steal most of the attention in this kitchen, but anything less than a seamless Corian worktop would have killed the look. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2. Link at bottom of post.

Arguably the copper-clad cupboard fronts rather steal most of the attention in this kitchen, but anything less than a seamless Corian worktop would have killed the look. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2. Link at bottom of post.

 

4 For taps Cheap, accessible and versatile, copper pipes can be fashioned into virtually anything, from taps to dish racks, curtain poles and clothes rails. Jamie Blake of Blakes London interior designers, describes the trend for copper taps as ‘plumbing stripped back to its bare minimum’. It’s also a pleasing visual contrast to other more luxe surface materials.

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Hand-crafted copper taps bring an industrial edge to this sleek marble kitchen by Blakes London. To make your own all you need to do is decide where to bring your pripes out of the wall, but rather than attaching them to a ready-bought tap, have your plumber shape the pipes. Fix them to thewall with wall brackets and fit basic stop-cock plumbing valves for the taps. Caveat: copper conducts heat very well, making it potentially very hot to the touch. The cost is mainly for the labour involved – anything from £200–£300 plus approximately £50 for materials.

 

5 For cooker hoods Copper looks amazing when paired with wood as both materials are naturally warm and textural. But here it’s really allowed to sing by being combined with a dark splashback and white wall cupboards, which effectively step back and let this gleaming hood be the centre of attention.

Caption: This "Aster" kitchen is available from Espresso Design, champions of sleek and superbly functional cookspaces created with both Cesar and Aster kitchens. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Voume 1. Link at bottom of post.

This “Aster” kitchen is available from Espresso Design, champions of sleek and superbly functional cookspaces created with both Cesar and Aster kitchens. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Voume 1. Link at bottom of post.

 

6 For worktops Naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial copper is a great choice for worktops as it’s easy to keep germ-free.

This design from Sola Kitchens shows just how modern this material can be. We also love the nifty retractable shelf! For more details see inside ELLE Deocration Kitchens Volume 1. Link at bottom of post.

This design from Sola Kitchens shows just how modern this material can be. We also love the nifty retractable shelf! For more details see inside ELLE Deocration Kitchens Volume 1. Link at bottom of post.

 

7 For accessories Copper pots and pans have been used for centuries for professional cooking as they conduct heat so very well, and we’re happy to note that they can also be used to bring a touch of on-trend metallic or a French rustic feel to any domestic kitchen too, it’s all in the style of the piece! Caveat: there are definite pros and cons to copper cookware though, read more here.

Copper kitchen accessories in South African kitchen

Copper kitchen accessories decorate the wall of this South African kitchen giving it a real country kitchen feel. Photography: Sven Alberding/Bureaux

For more glorious copper accessories for any room in your home, click here

 

And for even more inspiration on all things kitchens download a digital edition of ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1 for just £2.99 via the ELLE Decoration app. Not forgetting ELLE Decoration Bathrooms Volume 1, also available for download via the ELLE Decoration app. Price £2.99.

And… from 2 March to 5 April 2017 ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2 is available absolutely FREE with the April “Decorating” edition of ELLE Decoration, on sale at all good UK newsagents.

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