Copper: Today’s Most Stylish MetalThursday 29th January 2015 01:20pm
As a lighting specialist, new technology is at the heart of what I do, and I also make it my business to keep ahead of international trends in interior décor. Every year, there are new and exciting colours and textures available to home and business owners, and this year is no exception. I love the current fashion for brushed and burnished metals in kitchen and lighting design, and my favourite metal for lighting fixtures right now is beautifully polished copper. I’ve picked out a few of the best from Lighting Illusions to give you some design inspiration.
Pendant lighting is usually the first type of light fixture we think about when putting together a new room, and while pendant lights can be seen as simply a functional way to provide bright light, they can absolutely be the statement fixtures you base your décor around. Check out the Copper Market Metal Shade Pendant for the kind of knockout light we all want today. This fitting hangs from an adjustable copper chain, making this light suitable for any room in your house. I think the warm glow of the copper and the sleek curves of the shade mean it’s perfect for any dining space. Since it’s at home with modern or traditional décor, this is my go-to copper fixture.
I find that most of my trend-conscious clients have their eyes on a touch of industrial chic for their homes. There’s also a huge buzz around light fixtures with exposed filament globes, for their retro good looks. That’s why gypsy cord sets are so popular this year; with the cord looped a couple of times across the ceiling, you can transform an otherwise ordinary sitting room into the city loft of your dreams. Stick with the vintage look while keeping your carbon conscience clean – LED lighting is now yours in the form of LED filament globes. Take it to the next level by adding a cage shade to the cord set: the Copper Cage2 Metal Shade is an absolute cracker. It’s burnished frame suits any of the seven colours you’ll find in the gypsy cord set.
It makes sense that a lot of my clients’ enquiries are about how best to light their home offices or study areas. Lighting is crucial to reading and any other kind of close work, and there’s no need to put practicality over style these days. One of the most attractive desk lights on the market today is the Copper Winston Natural Timber Lamp. With its wooden base, curved copper shade and black and white fabric cord, this lamp adds a special touch to any space. The contrast of timber and copper is fantastic for beachside homes; picture a cool bedroom by the ocean, with snowy linen on the bed and a pair of these lamps at either side. It’s perfect coastal living in a nutshell and at Lighting Illusions, the latest designs are at your fingertips.