2016 trend update: Copper and warm metallicsJen Wiss-Carline
Forget cold, sterile silver and chrome – warm metals became the must-have for interior design back in 2015 – and mid-way through 2016, the trend sees no signs of stopping. Copper is really affordable and both the high street shops and designers are continuing to innovate with this striking metal, finding new ways to inject stylish details into your home. A wider variety of materials and textures offers a slight twist on the original trend, with copper joined by rose gold and antiqued brass – a trio of colours that blend beautifully with their jewel-like qualities to create both warmth and elegance. A splash of copper is an easy to incorporate in almost any decorating scheme and a simple way to add a touch of lux and elegance to any room. Pair your warm metals with natural, raw textures and surfaces for a sophisticated urban look.
Above: The warm metal trend is a contrast to the cold minimalist looks that have been so popular in the past. This simple metal light fitting with exposed light bulbs from Lighting Direct looks stunning against exposed half-painted brickwork, creating a contrast between ‘urban industrial’ and the clean lines and simple natural materials of the other furnishings.
Above: The copper trend is not all about utility and sometimes individual statement pieces can more closely resemble a work of art than an item of furniture. This stunning creation from Connections at Home is a metallic version of the Kartell Masters armchair, designed by Philippe Starck & Eugeni Quitllet. The design of the chair is based on the silhouettes of three different iconic classic chairs: the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen, Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames.
Above: This copper bathtub by William Holland really steals the show in an otherwise rustic, simple room. The bare floorboards, exposed beams and basic washstand are the perfect contrast for the elegant copper finish.
Above: Accessories are the perfect way to experiment with different tones, textures and finishes like these handmade vases, fashioned from recycled copper pipe, and this stunning hammered metal bowl. If your budget won’t stretch to statement pieces, adding just a few touches of warm metal around your living space can help bring a flat colour scheme to life and add interest to each room.
Above: This wall of pots and pans makes a gorgeous display that’s too good to use.
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Above: Copper isn’t just for furniture and accessories – it also makes a beautiful wall covering too. Above left, sheets of copper make a stunning ‘feature wall’ and a beautiful contrast to the authentic dark wood stained floorboards and other architectural details of this apartment. Above left, this gorgeous textured copper panel adds colour, warmth and interest to a living room.
Above: If copper wall panels are out of your price budget, perhaps these two eye-catching wallpapers both by Graham & Brown will tempt you. G & B’s Tranquil paper (left) has no pattern match, making it really easy to create a copper feature wall. Their Linden design (right) features shimmering copper trees in a on a contrasting black background, ideal for panels or small areas and truly breathtaking in a room with a slightly higher ceiling.
Above: Experiment further with textures by introducing copper fabrics and copper-toned fabrics into your colour scheme. Above right – the matte finish of the velour cushion is a beautiful contrast to the shiny copper pendant light. Above right – the clean geometric shapes of this cushion contrast with the distressed wooden chair, while complimenting the blue-grey colour perfectly.
Above: Copper is a stunning choice for worktops and table tops, but it is not just beautiful to look at – it is also incredibly practical. According to Tipfords who manufacture copper worktops, copper is both anti bacterial and microbial with the ability to withstand high temperatures. For this reason, copper has been the choice over the years in professional kitchens all over the world. Over time, a copper work surface will scratch and mark but this distressed look only adds to its charm and beauty.
Feature image credit: House of Fraser