15 Ways to incorporate copper into your home decor

Jul 12, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Copper is apparently the new silver, and you can incorporate it into your home with these stylish tips.

1. Landscaping with copper

This striking landscape design uses perforated copper panels in combination with stone and concrete to create a relaxing, contemporary and respectful space.

2. Industrial hanging light

Industrial hanging light

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This industrial hanging light with cloth wire promises to bring some polished copper spunk to any kitchen, dining room or bar. It even comes with an Edison globe right out of the box.

3. Copper fireplace

A fireplace is the heart of any room that it occupies. This is especially true for fireplaces made using copper, as their reflective glow can really fill a den or family room with an inimitable, cozy warmth.

4. Bathing in luxury

A gorgeous copper bathtub takes center stage in this lovely bathroom that borrows from the finest European traditions.

5. A "living" countertop for your kitchen

This unsealed, hand-forged copper countertop is considered to have a "living" finish since the copper interacts with its environment — air, water and acids can all cause reactions — but that's the whole point for these owners. For enthusiasts, copper's unpredictable natural transition to different matte reds, browns and greens as it ages is part of the charm.

6. Vintage copper lighting

Vintage copper lighting

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Stunning and unique, this vintage midcentury copper lamp will add a warm elegance to any home.

7. Soaking in paradise

It's hard not to feel at least a pang of jealousy when you imagine yourself relaxing in this copper soaking tub nestled in smooth island stone as a gentle Hawaiian breeze gently blows into your open-aired master bath from a tropical garden. *Sigh*

8. Outdoor hearth

Almost completely covered in burnished copper, this beautiful outdoor fireplace is the central focus of a spacious and contemporary patio partially enclosed by the famous brick of Boston.

9. Handmade oval sink

Handmade oval sink

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A hand-hammered copper sink with natural patina can be just the artisanal piece you need to really take that makeover over the top. Copper (and copper alloys) make a great choice for the kitchen or bathroom as they are naturally antimicrobial.

10. Vintage copper pitchers

Vintage copper pitchers

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These eye-catching vintage pitchers wear their tarnish and patina with pride. Repurpose them as vases and fill them with fresh-cut flowers, and your home will have a scene right off an artist's canvas.

11. One-of-a-kind bathroom mirror

This unforgettable copper-framed mirror and wall will have you wondering if you're staring through to another room. This spectacular salvage actually started life as a copper window casing for a building in Albany, New York, and now wows visitors to this Tribeca loft's powder room.

12. Copper hand rails

These custom-sourced copper piping hand rails give this rustic game room a modern feeling and will have your steampunk friends talking for years.

13. Vertical garden

Rows of succulent plants thrive in this suspended vertical garden made from patinated copper troughs. The opaque backing allows gentle light to filter through for a greenhouse effect.

14. Cook's kitchen in Hampshire, England

This La Cornue copper oven was specially commissioned for a professional cook in Hampshire, England, to match their extensive copper pot collection. The kitchen also features custom copper detailing in the artichoke hood, Italian black basalt stone shelving with rebated LED lighting and an absolutely massive kitchen island made from English oak with turned legs. So… wow. And I was excited when I bought a toaster oven for my kitchen.

15. Copper pots and framed lobsters

If like most people, you don't have a money bin filled with gold coins to dive into when you need to decorate your kitchen, eclectic might be the way to go. The polished copper pots and pot rack bring a welcome contrast to the dull but ornate bronze mirror while the stove shelf filled with kitchen tools and a colorful framed lobster breathe life into an otherwise modest corner of the kitchen.

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