In the fall of 2012 I had a bit of a revelation followed by an enduring obsession. Copper and rose gold tones had begun to pop up here and there in fashion, and I had a hunch that they might also be the next big things for interiors.
My affinity started with a rose gold and cream watch and grew from there. It became easier and easier to find the pretty metallic tones in fashion accessories and even apparel yet, despite scouring my resources, I was still having a hard time finding the trend crossing over to interiors.
Cues for future interior trends, particularly color, can almost always be tracked back to fashion trends that began 12-18 months earlier and are still going strong. I hadn't had much luck finding anything outside of the more traditional standbys such as copper ceiling tiles (stay tuned for a sneak peak at a project involving them soon!) until about a month ago and then suddenly, copper and rose gold seemed to be popping up everywhere. I couldn't be more pleased! Take a look at some of these beauties.
I should be clear, I think trends in interiors are kind of a tricky thing. You have to be careful which bandwagon you jump on, because you run the risk of growing tired of the look quickly and ending up with a space that looks out of date after a few years, or worse, even sometimes after a few short months. (I’m looking at you ombre fabric, and owls on everything not involving a nursery.)
The west coast design scene has been moving recently toward brass accents and fixtures, which is beautiful if done right, but still feels dangerously close to looking dated if done wrong. Brass has a way of still feeling very 1980s-90s to me in some installations, especially those involving combinations of brass and glass. If I were a betting girl, I would say that brass will be an element that you will grow tired of quickly, while the pink-toned metals will continue to feel more enduring and timeless.
Both copper and rose-gold have the unique advantage of translating a vibe that can be both vintage or modern, and can do a heck of a lot to warm up a space that may come across as too industrial or cold with more conventional metals. Sick of stainless and chrome? Copper just may be your new go-to.