The television of my youth had a dial and a handful of channels that, if you turned the rabbit ears just the right way, would not produce white static across the screen. My grandmother, who was an avid cook, lived with me and my parents. When I got home from school each day, she adjusted the rabbit ears and we settled down to watch Julia Child whip up something French and delicious in her TV kitchen filled with copper pots and pans.
Although my grandmother watched the show for the cooking (and the silly things Julia often said), I watched for the kitchen. Copper was a staple in Julia’s kitchen, and frankly, for a long time I thought the only room in the house where copper belonged was the kitchen.
How wrong I was! Turns out, copper is the new gold.
Gold and brass made a comeback a few years ago, but since I’m a little late to trends (well, I prefer to wait and see if the trend becomes a classic), they’ve made appearance in our home within the past year.
For me, copper always has a warm appearance, while gold and brass can swing on the cold side. Copper accessories are a natural fit for fall’s sweater weather, pumpkins, and comfort food. Doesn’t this gorgeous Thanksgiving table look inviting? The warm copper accessories, like the double boiler and chairs, are beautifully offset by the cooler tones of the blue runner and green eucalyptus.
Copper Accessories for You and Your Home
If, like mine, your home has a lot of oil-rubbed bronze, gold, brass, or satin nickel (is that still done??), consider adding a little copper for variety and warmth. From chairs to tchotchkes, phone cases to shoes, there are loads of copper accessories to choose from. Here are some of my favorites (contains affiliate links).
chair, lamp, mirror, wall clock, basket, utensil holder (also makes a neat vase), trivet, iPhone case, flats, bracelet
Matching metals are overrated in my opinion, but I worry about taking the “mix” too far. For now, I’ll stick with a few copper pieces here and there. Especially those flats – I need them!
What are your thoughts about copper? Are you nervous to add another metal color to your decor? Do you think copper should remain in the kitchen?
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