It’s warm, it’s slightly rosy, it’s a little bit mystical: It’s copper. This on-trend metal is less glitzy than gold and less clinical than chrome. And it’s having a major moment in the home design world right now.

What’s more, this low-key material is practically made for the imperfect homemakers that we are, since its antiquing patina means it ages gracefully. Which is more than we can say for a cold, boring stainless-steel kitchen.

Ahead: Pretty little ways to welcome copper into your home.


Start Small

Ease into things by mixing metals. Try out the trend with a geometric vase.

Vase ($16)

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Accent A Kitchen

These slinky pipes are way too pretty to hide (and make for delightful hanging storage).

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And Speaking of Pipes

Don’t you dare toss out leftover plumbing. Here’s a DIY to make this leather and copper side table (Mr. McWhiskers not included).

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Sit On It

How you win at dinner parties.

Chair ($299)

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Bedeck Your Desktop

Strong graphic knickknacks cozy up any workspace. 

Letters ($23)


Warm Up Your Boudoir

Imperfections and dents on these hammered copper panels (and the natural oxidizing edges) only add to the allure. And with that slate blue paint job? Stunning.

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Keep It Small

These elegant catchalls make banal things (like bobby pins and Q-tips) look good.

Glazed Bowl ($7)


Or Go All-Out

Punctuate your outdoor space with an entire wall. Perforation lets the light through. So dreamy.

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Or Go Faux

Even if you can’t afford actual copper, you can still fake it with copper spray paint.

Spray Paint ($11)

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Bathe In It


Soaking Tub ($4,088)

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And Yet Another Perfect Use of Pipe

Peekaboo: Even the teeniest, tiniest hint of copper makes a houseplant sexy.

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Light It Up

Oh hello, midcentury pendant lamp of our dreams.

Lamp ($150)

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