A-Z of tiles: C is for copper

Friday 14 August 2015, Written by Sarah Cole

Trends move quickly in the interiors world but sometimes they have such staying power that they become more than that – copper is a great example of this.

Metallics are a staple when it comes to interior design. A well placed accent in a metallic hue can really elevate any space, making it feel warmer and more luxurious. Whilst gold has long been a mainstay in homes throughout the world, copper is now giving it a run for its money.

Somewhat warmer than gold and silver, copper has proved to be the metallic of the moment. This could be thanks, in part, to another big trend: industrial style. Industrial interiors have the ability to feel quite cold as a result of the plethora of exposed surfaces and rough finishes, so adding in a touch of copper automatically warms up any space and helps it to feel more sophisticated.

Copper tones also look great with grey - another trend that refuses to wane. Take a look at our Copper Leafdecorative glass tiles (shown top) to see how well these harmonise with a mid-grey toned kitchen cabinet. Using copper tiles (such as mosaics, or these Copper Leaf glass tiles) in areas like a kitchen splashback is an ingenious way of introducing the hue in a way that will be anything but garish. Keep these strong tones within one accent area to create a focal point to draw the eye.

If you aren't convinced enough to choose copper tiles for your next renovation, why not try out the look first? Copper has well and truly swept the high street and you can find any number of home accessories from picture frames to tables to storage baskets and candles. Adding a few temporary metallic accents is a great way of testing out the look in your home.

For the confident, opt for some Metallic Copper effect porcelain tiles on your walls and floors. These are available in a larger size and will bring your home bang up to date. Unlike real copper which will eventually develop verdigris, these glass and porcelain tiles can be used in wet areas such as bathrooms or kitchens but will remain looking just as beautiful year after year.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration or browse more images on Pinterest.

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