Move over nickel. There's a new finish in town that's taking the design world by storm: copper!
To be fair, we're seeing many different lighting trends when it comes to sleek finishes for kitchens and baths, including bronze, aged brass, and rosy copper. But copper finishes are definitely leading the pack and becoming more popular.
And what's not to love? The right copper fixture can work in any design scheme—traditional to modern to contemporary.
We’re not alone in our thinking, either. This article speaks to the rise of copper as well: "Whereas chrome could seem cold and clinical and gold signaled 'a bit of bling', copper provided a warming, sophisticated glow that could be easily incorporated into interior schemes to add an element of understated, cool lux."
Another bonus? Copper's hard-but-malleable finish can yield long-lasting fixtures as well as ones that provide a "living finish" that will patina over time.
Here are some current staff favorites (we recommend seeing them in person to experience the full effect):
1. Quoizel's Ribbon Pendant. This fixture has so much character! You're going to love the swirling movement of the individual copper "ribbons." See it on display in our Waltham showroom.
2. Norwell's Kamiko Pendant. This bell shape pendant looks great by itself or in a cluster of pendants like the ones pictured below. The polished copper with oak accent is a marriage made in design heaven. We keep this beauty on display in both showrooms.
3. Northeast Lantern's Lynn Outdoor Lantern. Based out of New Hampshire, Northeast Lantern has been making brass and copper lanterns since 1987. If you're a fan of one-of-a-kind products, you'll love this next point: Each fixture is made-to-order and you can choose from a wide variety of glass options to fit your tastes. Each finish is a "living finish" as well, meaning that it will patina over time without flaking, rusting, or peeling. Don't you just love the Antique Copper finish on the lantern featured below?
4. Varaluz's Dreamweaver Vanity. We wrote about Varaluz Lighting earlier this month, and for good reason. This innovative manufacturer is doing cool things with copper as demonstrated by these striking vanity lights. We love how the blackened copper "basket weave" design contrasts with the frosted glass shades. See it on display in Allston.