We thought it was going to be a micro-trend. Here for one or two seasons only, and then gone. But we were wrong. The craze for copper is still going strong and is filling the shops for autumn. It’s a popular choice for lighting, accessories and even furniture, but I think it really comes into its own in the dining room. Of all the metallics it’s the warmest one. It has a pinkish glow that adds shine and sparkle without being garish.
It’s lovely combined with a minimalist scheme. White china, blond wood and glass, all benefit from the additions of a little more rustic wood and metal. And it elevates a simple lunch or supper to a special occasion. But remember, a little goes a long way. I would personally limit its use to three areas. Pendant lights above the table perhaps, copper chairs and maybe some cutlery. Or, serving dishes paired with tealight holders and napkin rings.
And probably the most liberating of all, is that the ‘rule’ of not mixing metals has been relaxed. It’s now okay and even desirable to mix copper with silver and brass. A very different scheme to the one above, this one is for the maximalist in you. Pile on the trays, candle holders and lanterns. The more the better. And watch the glow of the candles multiply into a million little fragments and add atmosphere to a dinner party or dinner for two.
The two main images are from the autumn/winter collection at Oliver Bonas. Available from November.
Chair in middle image, £125, Rose & Grey.
Buy the look: 1. Candlestick, £14, Eclect Design. 2. Salt and pepper shakers, £6, George Home. 3. Silvia Shade, £49, Amara. 4. 24 piece cutlery set, £180, House of Fraser. 5. Hand beaten tray, £147, Amara. 6. Geometric bowl, £20, House of Fraser. 7. Champagne bucket, £185, Amara. 8. Bell, £6, Sainsbury’s Home. 9.Hammered tray, £28, Oliver Bonas (available end of November) 10. Lantern, £8, Matalan.