Decorating With Copper FixturesFriday 20th February 2015 10:01am
It’s part of my job to keep up with design trends from around the world, and I get quite a few ideas from boutique hotels and cool new restaurants at home and overseas. And even when I visit clients at home to advise them on their lighting, I sometimes get inspiration from the stylish rooms they’ve already put together. So after several people asked me this week how the on-trend copper light fixtures can fit into their home décor, I thought I’d share a few ideas with you on how to bring out the best in these beautiful light fixtures.
With so much on offer, it’s impossible to pick a favourite style, but I really think it’s hard to beat the combination of copper pendant lighting and exposed brick walls. This is a look that works equally well in your kitchen, dining room or sitting room, and the mix of warm natural materials is a match made in design heaven. Take a look at the Copper Market Metal Shade Light and picture it against an earthy brick wall, contrasting with clean white paint on the other walls. In your kitchen, hang copper pans from hooks on the wall to continue the theme. In the sitting room, imagine a wood-burning stove adding flickering light and heat; this is the room dreams are made of.
My favourite interior design ideas are all about contrast, and one of my top tips for bringing out the best in copper fixtures is to choose a dark charcoal for your walls and then fit chunky white shelving and picture frames. The clean white, the gleaming copper and the moody grey are a striking style that’s still calm and restful on the eye. Check out the Copper Zurich Metal Wire Light for a design that would be the centrepiece of that cosy space.
Three Is A Magic Number
Online lighting stores are treasure troves for décor ideas, and you’ll often save money by shopping around carefully, meaning you can afford to add more than one light to your virtual basket. Stylish homeowners will have noticed the increasing trend for installing a trio of pendant lights, either all in a row over a kitchen island or dining table, or positioned at different heights for maximum effect. I saw this done recently with the Ariel Hammered White & Copper Light. The interior decorator had used a pale, grey-based teal for the walls, oak parquet flooring and a dark rug. A modular corner sofa covered in light fabric finished off the look for a stunning room full of peace and light; it really worked.
Downlights are always good news in bathrooms, and at Lighting Illusions. Try fitting a copper basin instead of the usual white, hang a copper-framed mirror over the basin, choose copper fixtures, and you’ve taken the smallest room in your house from functional to fantastic in three easy steps.