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5 ways to use copper and brass to accentuate your home

Architectural digest 2019-12-01 06:00:53
Give your home a smart, sophisticated look with these ideas. Photo credit: Tulcarion/ Getty Images

Give your home a smart, sophisticated look with these ideas. Photo credit: Tulcarion/ Getty Images

Metals that have existed since time immemorial—copper and brass have always been integral to Indian homes. Widely used earlier for cooking, storing food and even heating water, copper and brass were essentials in any household. That said, they are an intrinsic part of modern design too as most designers make liberal use of copper and brass accents to add just the right hint of glamour and an ethnic touch. Both metals evoke an atmosphere of warmth and tranquillity while also adding elegance and luxury to any space. “Beaten metals and cutwork are various forms of metallic crafts that are used to make a statement. Copper along with its alloy brass is the most flexible metal for making handcrafted design objects that synergise well with traditional as well as modern home décor trends,” says Hemil Parikh, Founder, Elysium Abodes LLP.

Here are five ways to use copper and brass in your homes:

Lamps and Lighting

Copper is a great conductor of electricity and therefore finds extensive use in the building industry, vis-a-vis wiring. In recent times, it is also valued for its aesthetic appeal. Copper lighting in the form of artistically designed fixtures add oodles of glamour and glitz to any room including kitchen, living room, bedroom and even the foyer. “Copper chandeliers can accentuate your exteriors and interiors. Team it with black and you have a beautiful contrast,” adds Parikh.

Copper/brass chandeliers have an inherent style to them. Photo credit: olga_prava / Getty Images 

Cladding

Copper sheets add a luxe appeal when used as wall panelling or for cladding furniture. It is lustrous, has a long life and can endure most environments. “Its other properties like malleability and light weight make it highly popular amongst designers who make furniture. Moreover, copper requires less maintenance and cleaning, thus making it a good pick for furniture,” says Gita Ramanan, CEO and Co-founder of Design Café.

This material is easy-to-maintain. Picture credit: Xinzheng/ Getty Images

Frames and Mirrors

Antique frames and mirrors instantly add sophistication to any room. Unique designs and patterns add texture and character to plain walls. “Add an intricately made brass finish mirror at the foyer. This can make a stunning first impression,” says Sumessh Menon, Design Director and Owner of Sumessh Menon Associates.

Brass-framed mirrors make a lasting impact. Photo credit: Elysium-Abodes LLP

Kitchens and Bedrooms

Copper being rust-resistant and antimicrobial is often used in kitchen and bathroom sinks, pipes and faucets. It not only gives a traditional look but also adds elegance to spaces. Consider bringing in old brass ware, plates and jugs into your kitchen. “Bedrooms are very private spaces, so they should have your most prized brass pieces either inherited or sourced. Pieces like hair accessories and old jewellery boxes can adorn the dressers and side tables. An old brass water carafe filled with fresh flowers or plants adds a touch of freshness to the kitchen,” says Dimple Ahuja, Creative Director at Studio Malabar. Copper and brass bed frames can do wonders to the space’s look.

Accessories Galore

Given that copper and brass are extremely adaptable, they can be used in several forms and finishes including antique finish, rustic, hammered, wired and gleaming plain finish. From cupboards and drawer pulls, to escutcheons, hinges, and keys, these beautiful bronze accents can be used to accentuate your home. Planters, candle stands, cutlery, curtain rods, mugs and decanters too add to the luxe feel. “Many decor accessories are available today in copper wired mesh and hammered finishes like decorative mesh storage bins, magazine holder bins, pin-up wall display grids etc,” adds Menon.

Brass-finished furniture can add radiance to interiors. Photo credit: Moses Singh

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