Copper is easily the coolest of the metals, as far as aesthetics go. It can appear soft and playful when paired with pink furnishings, or edgy and industrial in the form of a range hood and exposed pipes. But there’s another reason to love the finish. It has natural antimicrobial properties. A new article from Dwell suggests the COVID-19 virus can live on stainless steel surfaces for two to three days. Copper, on the other hand, has been shown to kill germs on contact (essentially, it degrades any virus that lands on it). In a time when touching doorknobs feels, well, like a risk, this news has us considering making a simple swap in the future. From door handles to kitchen faucets to drawer pulls, bookmark these products for a healthier home.
For the Kitchen or Bathroom
Our Spring issue cover star, Alexa Chung, was onto something when she decided to put a copper sink, faucet, and backsplash in her London office kitchen. When paired with rich blue or forest green Shaker-style cabinets, the material reads old world, though it could easily skew contemporary alongside Carrara marble countertops and open oakwood shelves.
For Everything Else
Upgrade a basic IKEA credenza with Superfront’s sleek handles. Or if shiny isn’t your thing, go dark with antiqued knobs that have a black tint. All of these options pull their weight.