Copper is the key trend
Metallics were big news in interiors last year but the trend never quite made it into the kitchen. Bedrooms, bathrooms and even living rooms were adorned with silver and gold – from toothbrush tumblers to dressing tables – but this season it’s the turn of copper to take centre stage and I’m thrilled to see that it’s making a beeline for the kitchen.
I love the gorgeous new Gloss Copper finish from Mereway Kitchens’ Cucina Colore collection. This brand new mineral finish is a hardy acrylic door with rich, coppery tones and faint dark threads running through to form a unique pattern that looks stunning when teamed with Pumice Painted Oak Veneer shelving and Treviso Light Oak, a deeply textured synchronised woodgrain.
I think it would work beautifully in a large open plan space and I can already envisage filling up those shelves with all my cookery books and vases. Prices start from £10,000.
Smeg never fail to surprise me. Just when I think I have them sussed, they come up with something ingenious and new – like the Cortina gas hob and oven in an antique copper finish.
The SR775RA 70cm hob has five gas burners, colour co-ordinated copper controls and heavy-duty cast iron pan stands. It’s priced around £465. If I were buying, I’d go for the matching pair with the SF750RA multifunction oven, which has a copper trim and costs around £699.
If you really want to go all-out or you just want a hint of copper in the kitchen, Morphy Richards has a four-slice toaster and matching kettle, both from the Accents range and priced £49.99 each.
Copper has long been used in the kitchen for pots and pans. An excellent conductor of heat, it heats up and cools down rapidly and is ideal for delicate sauces such as hollandaise and jams, which require high temperatures and rapid cooling.
Now the material is appearing in kitchen utensils with Marks & Spencer launching a copper collection that includes a professional ladle, £12.50 and conical strainer, £19.50. The Conran canister vase, £35, is perfect for storing pasta.
Whether your kitchen is classic or contemporary, this Appleton copper pendant, £14.99, from Dunelm Mill, will add a touch of glamour without breaking the bank. I can see this working as a series of three hanging over a breakfast bar or island.
Argos has a fantastically priced five-piece copper pan set, just £149.99.