I just love this time of year when the long, hot days of summer give way to the cooler days of fall. When we have had our fill of iced tea and are ready for spiced latte. And when the bathing suits are put away and the sweaters and boots make an appearance.
This season also signals a change in our home décor. Whites and soft pinks are replaced with warmer tones and hues, and for me there is no easier way to transition than by bringing copper decor elements into my kitchen.
A few pieces thoughtfully sprinkled throughout the kitchen is all that’s required to make an easy shift.
Aside from the fact that I love cooking with copper pots and pans, I also love the way they add warmth to my mostly white kitchen. The white marble backsplash that looks so fresh and clean in the spring and summer months quickly transforms with the addition of my copper pots.
I don’t discriminate when it comes to copper…shiny and new or old and tarnished all look great to me, and in fact, I think the more you mix the better.
With just a couple of antique copper pieces added to my glass cabinets, the all-white display becomes something that just feels a bit more like fall.
A touch of new, shiny copper on a cake stand and my favorite colander carries the look through to the center island, without being too overwhelming.
This year I added several new (and new to me pieces) to my kitchen. Four perfectly, polished copper canisters fill in a space on my counter that used to display a galvanized tray. And a shiny new copper stockpot is just waiting for the first soup of the season.
Perhaps my favorite additions are a perfectly tarnished large copper pitcher that pairs so beautifully with the purple-pink hues of the fall hydrangea. The addition of seeded eucalyptus gives the arrangement a soft romantic feel in the kitchen and brings in the beautiful tones of fall. And finally, a set of antique copper mugs have found a home in my kitchen cabinet and will no doubt be making an appearance on my holiday tables.
It is surprising how easily a kitchen can transform with just a few copper elements. A new tone against the white backdrop is the perfect way to gently transition to fall.
Karen Snyder writes about home, family and entertaining at Sanctuary Home, where her elegant country style inspires and educates. You can also follow her on Instagram.