If you're looking for a new work surface or to add character to your kitchen, you've probably spent some time debating your choices. Marble? Granite? Quartz? Laminate? Stainless steel? Now it’s time to consider Copper?
This timeless favourite is growing in popularity, and it's worth adding to your list of possibilities. Here's what you need to know.
Surprising copper is relatively simple to clean. Simply use warm water and a squirt of ordinary washing up liquid. Dry the surface thoroughly and wax or oil it periodically to keep it in the best possible shape.
Considered a "living" surface, copper tarnishes as it oxidizes and reacts to the substances that cross it. For many, that's part of its appeal. Unsealed copper will gradually dull and transition to a blend of matte reds, browns and greens, which a lot of homeowners appreciate for the character it adds.
Copper is inherently antimicrobial, meaning it rapidly kills bacteria, viruses and fungi on contact. It shares this benefit with many copper alloys – including brass and bronze – and this family of metals is collectively called ‘antimicrobial copper’.
Copper can take on various personalities to suit your space. It feels as appropriate in a modern townhouse or an contemporary loft as it does in a traditional kitchen or a cosy cottage.