Forget chrome – warm metallics are the new heavyweight this season

The copper craze has taken the interior design world by storm, and now it’s being swiftly followed by gold (both yellow and rose) and brass accents. While it’s easy to introduce these decorative elements into the rest of the home, what about the kitchen? Here are some practical and stylish ways to introduce this hot trend into your design.


This gorgeous copper faucet is fitting to the concept of exposed copper piping with matching utilitarian style tap. (c)

Necessities in copper: Copper is an easy metallic to use because it’s one of the bedrocks upon which today’s kitchens are built. Copper cookware is still a fixture in many kitchens due to its quick and even heating properties, but it’s also good looking – hanging copper pans on a rail above your stove, or showing it off in glass-fronted cabinets, will add instant warmth to a kitchen. Furthermore, the farmhouse sink trend is going nowhere anytime soon, which is why many manufacturers have begun releasing models in alternative materials – like hammered copper. With the industrial trend also making waves in kitchen design, increasingly more designers are revealing the raw beauty of exposed copper piping with utilitarian style taps to match.

Fittings and hardware in brass: The relatively reasonable price tag makes using brass fittings and hardware a low-commitment way to test out the trend of warm metallics in the kitchen. Since the variety of brass finishes can be confusing (polished, unlacquered, satin and antique), ordering samples is the best approach to see which styles fit best in your kitchen. Or, take the no-brainer route and buy brass fixtures and hardware in a satin finish. It’s a contemporary and low-key approach. Avoid polished brass, however, as it’s more throwback Eighties than subtly stylish. For a super quick and inexpensive update, look to cool brands like Buster + Punch for chic metal handles that will add that luxury touch to a plain kitchen.


Warm copper lighting adds a chic metal feel to a bespoke kitchen while existing in complete harmony with the main design. (c)

Go for gold: Though gold accents and accessories may not be ‘functional’ per se, they are an element of a well-rounded kitchen design. Despite preconceived notions, there are ways to include gold in your kitchen beyond candleholders and decorative vases (though these are great options). You just need to think about how you can use gold in interesting ways for maximum impact. Consider gold details like light fittings, handles and even cabinet beading, but to kick things up a notch, use tiles with subtle gold flecks. Black quartz is a contemporary option while smaller ‘gold dust’ tiles offer a throwback vintage feel. The most luxurious and quickest way to include gold in the kitchen? Flatware gilded with brushed gold!

Whether you’re using warm metallics in the kitchen for their fashionable or functional merits, we can’t get enough of them!