Gone are the days of plain harsh metals

Everywhere you shop now you will see copper, bronze, brass and rose gold elements.  Fashion, beauty and home included.  

Where should I be making use of bronze, copper and rose gold?

Small items perk up coffee tables, offices and bedrooms.  It is always best practice to match these colour tones with natural elements such as wood and marble to achieve a higher end value feel to the room.  Textures and colours are best suited in kitchens and bathrooms therefore larger items which cover larger surfaces would be better suited here as statement pieces.

Ask an expert

Kate Butler, design manager for Habitat says that  “The copper trend arrived when designer Tom Dixon brought his pendants to the public consciousness as the must-have metal in your home." 

"Chrome could seem cold and clinical and gold signalled ‘a bit of bling’, copper provided a warming, sophisticated glow that could be easily incorporated into interior schemes to add an element of understated, cool lux. The copper 'moment' shows no sign of slowing down – its affordability has led to a huge resurgence on the high street and at Habitat we’re seeing a real demand for copper products and more understated, warming metals such as brass and rose gold across accessories, furniture and, most notably, lighting where the materials warming glow really comes into its own."

"Copper’s versatility has really allowed our design team to experiment with a lot of new looks and in the past few seasons we’ve been moving designs on from just ‘pure’ copper to mixing it with vivid block colour and contrasting materials such as wood and smoked glass to create a variety of feels from mid-century cool to Scandinavian luxury. Copper is still a very desirable material and I don’t see any sign of its appeal fading over the next few years.” 

 

 

Tom Dixon

Described as the king of bronze lighting, British designer Tom Dixon's collection of metallics are used in design restaurants worldwide. His pendant lighting creates a reflective and warming glow. They are created by exploding a thin layer of pure metal on to an internal surface. 

Melt mini pendant copper £380 Tom Dixon

Different metal styles of bronze, copper & rose gold.

There are three main types, brushed, often seen on cutlery and lamps, beaten metal, which is used mostly with crockery, and last wire, which is used on picture frames, mirrors and occasion furniture. Highly polished finishes often have more of a golden look, as opposed to its natural deep orange tone.  Nothing says industrial chic like reclaimed traditional materials used on everyday items such as kitchen taps, where copper pipes can be made into taps placed nicely against marble or stone kitchen surfaces.