Colour Guide to working with Copper

As we look this month at all the ways to use copper and brass in our homes, I thought I’d share some inspiring pictures and tips on what colours to team with the bold, sexy and mysterious ‘metal du jour’, copper.

One of the great characteristics that makes copper the perfect choice in decorating, is that it can be both masculine or feminine depending on what it is paired with. It is one material that has great flexibility in how it is finished and displayed. It can be dark or bright, dull or lustrous all depending on its finish. It doesn’t overwhelm or boast; instead it is subtle and can often ‘steal the show’.  Like I said, it is the perfect option for a space that needs a lift or some love and inspiration.

Because of its warm quality and the options of tones that are available due to different finishes, copper goes well with nearly any interior design style. It’s really all about how much you choose to use and how you display it. One of my all time favourite design blogs, Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney, claims that classic metals like copper never go out of style, yet it has a modern touch which can be breathtaking, especially in smaller accents like pendants, baskets, tables, canisters, chairs and more. I think she has hit the nail on the head here, when using copper, don’t go overboard.
Little accents of copper can create a beautiful feature that can brighten and highlight your room. By using small copper feature pieces, you are almost guaranteed that it will work in the style of each room of your house.

Where I see copper working its magic the most is in simple rooms with white walls, monochrome styling and then a hint of copper. It’s all you need to create a space that is modern, stylish and inspiring. Of course it does amazing things in other styles of design as well. If you have stark black walls, brightly polished copper in geometric shapes can add a modern, bold and statement piece to your room.
Spaces that have a cosy, opulent or exotic atmosphere work well with dark, rubbed or burnt copper as it adds to the mysterious and luxurious feel. Bright copper works well with pastels, which I’m sure you have seen trending in all the latest home magazines. When positioned with pattern, copper becomes the solid, soft colour that provides a resting place for the eye.

As you can see, copper is pretty versatile when it comes to styling in your home. Being a warm colour itself, it works well with pinks, reds, yellows and browns. However it also works beautifully with cool, dark and pastel colours such as blues, greens, greys and even charcoal or black.

If you are a visual person at all, as I definitely am, I find I best understand how each colouring works through pictures, so be inspired…

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