An Illuminating Element in Design: Copper & Rose Gold Lighting

by Kelli Kehler

We’ve seen that brass lighting is a trend with staying power, but there’s another metallic tone that’s stealing the show for its versatility and aesthetic appeal in design. Copper and rose gold light fixtures possess an influence that’s twofold: 1.) the color is striking and eye-catching, making it perfect for rooms where lighting needs to be the focal point, and 2.) Its rosy/warm hue matches or complements many popular design materials (namely wood or anything white).

If you’re intrigued by this material but unsure of its longevity, I’d wager that copper and rose gold metallics — in lighting specifically — will stick around for a while. To help paint a picture of the ways this metallic can be used in lighting, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite examples from past home tours. —

Image above: This rental in Nashville, TN looks like a storied home that’s been owned by the same family for years and years, thanks to its collection of European antiques. A handsome addition to this trove of vintage items and warm woods is a stunning copper pendant light by . 


Copper pendant lights from BoConcept hang in a pair in front of a gallery wall in Berlin. The copper tone picks up similar hues in the art on the wall, creating visual harmony.


A gorgeous rose gold pendant light plays off of cabinets painted in Valspar’s “Blind Date,” a blueish grey that just begs for a rosy complement.


A dark and moody home in England is painted throughout in a matte black color, the perfect backdrop for a copper floor lamp.


This unique copper lamp shows a great way to test out this metallic trend: in a smaller dose. Size aside, the angular style of makes it a striking conversation piece.


In Utah, a copper hanging light adds a lovely rustic touch to this kitchen dining area.


The owners of this Washington, D.C. space pair a sleek little copper gooseneck light with copper plant vessels above.


A gorgeous rose gold dome light gleams from the ceiling of a Manhattan apartment. The style of this light fixture pairs with the clean lines and eclectic patterns found throughout the space.


Peeking out at the top of this photo is a copper chandelier in the DIY home of Shavonda Gardner. The metallic tone is a fresh, eye-catching element in the otherwise neutral kitchen. Note how seamlessly the metallic pairs with both black sconces and the glass orb pendant over the sink.


Delicate copper shades echo the warm tones of the wood shelving, clay pot installation and kilim rug found in this Brooklyn, NY apartment.


There are many appealing elements to this Swedish kitchen scene, but the most beautiful are the matte grey sconce lights lined with rose gold metal. They’re a truly special accessory that will still look fresh for years to come.

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