Copper, The Underused Metal Option

May 18, 2016

By: Tyler Wisler


Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin:cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable; a freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, a building material, and a constituent of various metal alloys.

Thank you, Wikipedia. All is know is that I love the warmth and dimension of copper, but it’s so rarely used. Why is that? I know it can be a difficult metal to coordinate with because of the underlying orange tones.

Many people love to see gorgeous kitchen cookware in this alloy, and I think we should be seeing even more! Because of the way it naturally tarnishes and patinas, copper has several gorgeous shades of brown and greens that occur over time, making it such an interesting choice.

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Bringing a copper stool, basket or tray into your space is an easy way to start incorporating this material without it feeling like a total commitment. Used in small quantities and very purposefully, copper has just the right amount of impact.

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Another great option for adding a small dose of copper to your interior is the Roan Copper table lamp (seen on the lowest step). Its graphic lines and easy architecture are sure to please.

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Or, if you want to jump right in, you could always do something like this!

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Image via MyDomaine

I hope that I’ve given you a few examples of how gorgeous this metal can truly be in your home…and not just hiding in your piggy bank or sofa cushions.

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