Integrating copper into your kitchen design
Copper is taking over as the metal of choice in both bathrooms and kitchens for its versatility and antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria. This material can be integrated into a modern or vintage kitchen design depending on how you choose to accent the metal. Here are a few ways to incorporate copper into your kitchen for both a contemporary and retro aesthetic:
Vintage kitchens put a focus on ornate detailing, Old World charms, wood cabinetry and painted kitchen appliances in green, yellow or white shades all fit into a vintage style. Copper can easily find its way into a retro kitchen design.
There are a variety of shades of copper from which you can choose. For a vintage kitchen design, however, it’s best to lean toward a darker finish, which fits in nicely with a rustic or country setting.
Farmhouse kitchen sink
Opt for a copper farmhouse kitchen sink for the perfect vintage focal point in your kitchen. You may even want to choose an apron front that features an ornate design. Combine your copper basin with faucets in an oil-rubbed or black finish, both of which work well together. Or, draw attention to your warm, vintage sink with a backsplash featuring copper tiles – this will help pull the whole look together.
Hang copper pots
Instead of storing copper pots in cabinets, put them on display by hanging them above your kitchen island. You’ll have easy access to your pots and pans, and the cozy copper finish will speak to a vintage style.
Integrate a whole lot of copper into your kitchen with bold copper countertops. This is a great choice not only for its Old World beauty, but if you’re going to be doing a lot of slicing and dicing, copper’s antimicrobial properties will help keep your food and utensils clean. Contrast copper countertops with white cabinetry for a country farmhouse look.
Modern kitchens often boast a neutral color palette with splashes of vibrant hues here and there. Lines are clean and simple, and contemporary kitchens stay away from any intricate detailing. In fact, the more simple an appliance or furnishing is, the more likely it will blend with a modern design. Here are a few ways to bring copper into your modern space:
While vintage kitchens call for dark copper finishes, modern is just the opposite. A shiny bright copper would blend well into a home with sleek and contemporary style.
One way to create a focal point in your kitchen is with a copper hood above your stove. When using large copper pieces such as the hood, don’t go overboard with the rest of the design. For example, you can complement a copper hood with metal stools, metal faucets on your sink or copper drawer pulls and cabinet knobs.
Looking for wall decor for your modern kitchen? This is where copper comes in. Head to your nearest antique shop and search for copper-rimmed mirrors. Group a few on the wall for a beautiful kitchen focal point.