Love It or Leave It — Designing With Copper

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Here at Krrb we’re constantly immersed in the latest design trends and we’re not mad about that! Often times there are some trends we come across that we can’t seem to agree upon. Today Vee and Lauren check out what creative people are doing with copper and decide if they love it, or want to leave it.

Over the past few years, warm metals have come back in a big way. Designers embraced the change from cooler hues like silver, and began integrating copper, gold and brass into their designs. Some people felt that super polished yellowy-tones were something best left in the 80’s and 90’s, but more matte versions of the metals gave them a contemporary edge. We’ve been browsing through Instagram to see how copper is being used today, and to decide whether or not it’s time to move on to the next trend.

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Photo: Instagram.com/monimonsen?auto=format

There’s a time and place for everything, except for copper laser-cut word art. This falls flat and not just because this “copper” home accent lacks the patina and history of real copper. It just seems kind of a frivolous use of such a lovely metal. —Vee

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Photo: Instagram.com/melissa_lunardon?auto=format

I really love the balance of everything in this room: it’s minimal and stylish, while still being cheerful and fun. The rose-gold hue of this copper lamp manages to tie in the side table to the same hue in the accent pillow, making everything look super cohesive. Both examples of copper are subtle, but add a nice geometric and industrial edge that keep this space from getting too sugary-sweet. —Lauren

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Photo: Instagram.com/maisondewolfe?auto=format

I like to imagine that this is the kitchen Julia Child would cook in, but let’s not kid ourselves. Julia Child uses way more copper pots and pans than the smattering selection hung above the stove. Whether or not these copper elements are used or simply decoration, it works and I love it. —Vee

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Photo: Instagram.com/imadethat_design?auto=format

This is what would happen if a teen had free reign to go nuts with kitchen design. Copper might be the dominant element here, but it’s fighting hard for the spotlight. Between the three huge light fixtures, tons of wall accents, and green table decor, my brain is fried. It’s a classic case of a lot of individually nice elements coming together to form mass chaos. One copper light paired with the peace sign picture would adequately tie everything together on the table, while looking fun and welcoming. —Lauren

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Photo: Instagram.com/houseofthomsen?auto=format

There’s something so charming about this copper mirrored tray on the dresser. It feels like a long-searched item you picked up at the flea market. It’s just the perfect addition to a personal collection of candles and fresh flowers. Maybe it’s my idealistic nature, maybe it’s a mass-produced, vintage-inspired item or maybe it’s exactly what it looks like. Love this vignette. —Vee

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Photo: Instagram.com/qstudio_design?auto=format

Is it just me, or does this copper light fixture somehow manage to make the room seem darker? This space needed something to pull it away from this neutral and orange color scheme, but this shade of copper matches a little too well. A thin copper-edged mirror might make the room seem bigger and brighter, and add a more modern touch. I like that the industrial wear of the art adds a bit of edge, but not enough to improve the overall design. —Lauren

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Nothing about this room excites me. The copper honeycomb pattern on the wall doesn’t do much to warm the space and aesthetically, it’s yawnsville. Perhaps it’s just too grey and cold for my liking, but this room could use a wake me up. And with it, a better more thoughtful use of copper accents. Can I get an amen? —Vee

Majority rules: While there were some great examples of the trend being used, we’re ready for something new to replace copper. Do you agree that the world of design needs something fresh and exciting, or are you a diehard copper enthusiast? Let us know in the comments!

 

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