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 seven 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.’
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.
3 For your units. There was a time when stainless-steel was the de rigueur 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.
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.
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.
6 For worktops Naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial copper is a great choice for worktops as it’s easy to keep germ-free.
7 For accessories Copper pots and pans have been used for centuries for professional cooking as they conduct heat so 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.
And for even more inspiration on all things kitchens ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 3 is available absolutely FREE with the April 2019 ‘Decorating’ edition of ELLE Decoration, on sale at all good UK newsagents