While metal is usually considered cold and hard, there's one type that's warm and inviting: copper.
Think beyond your piggy bank full of pennies. For centuries copper has been a tried-and-true staple in cooking. A kitchen full of copper pots is an image associated not only with iconic cooks but also BHG's own Eddie Ross.
Copper is both practical and beautiful and can translate from the kitchen to your living room and beyond. Incorporating copper into your home is easy. Here are four simple ways to combine copper with your current decor.
Believe it or not, copper mixes well with just about any other type of metal, whether it be brushed nickel, polished chrome, or even gold and brass. Adding a pendant or lamp to a mostly silver room will instantly make raise the temperature of the space a few degrees. And a bonus -- it casts the most lovely glow against a bulb.
Don't think a beautiful pan needs to be packed away when out of use. Why not use a copper pan as an accent on a shelf or mixed in with a bunch of colorful cookbooks? Copper candlesticks look lovely on a mantel or entry console table.
The most practical use for copper is cookware. No need to hide it in a cabinet. Instead, hang it on a pot rack above your island or along a wall for instant warmth and functionality.
If you're ready for something bold, mix in a large copper fixture or switch out all of your hardware. Copper tones will take your space from drab to daring by making one single switch.