Enhance Décor & Detailing: Using Copper in Architecture

Have you lived in your home for many years? Even though you love it, perhaps you wish there was a way to enhance the décor and make it a bit more unique. In design, small custom details can go a long way. Copper is one great way to customize your home and add beautiful character.

Copper in Home Design & Decorating

Copper Roof Finial

A soft and malleable metal reddish-orange in color, copper is unique and beautiful. This is why it’s prominent in architecture, from old buildings and homes that have been around for centuries to modern designs. In fact, copper has been used in architecture and construction for thousands of years, in a variety of ways.

Common uses include:

  • Roofing
  • Cupolas
  • Finials
  • Domes, spires
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Flashing (chimneys, skylights, etc.)
  • Wall cladding
  • Fireplace mantels
  • Fixtures and hardware (especially in kitchens and bathrooms)
  • Countertops and sinks
  • Handrails
  • And more

You can even get creative with copper and use it for custom details to further enhance interior or exterior design.

Copper Plates Display
Copper Post Hoods


Wentworth custom built the shelving shown above (left). The shelves add nice detailing, but the copper plates the homeowner uses for display pieces truly stand out. The copper complements the colors of the room and customizes the space.

The picture on the right shows custom wood and tempered glass railings with vertical posts capped in copper hoods on a home in Falls Church, Virginia. These details enhance the outdoor space.

Home Remodeling in the Washington, DC Area

Using copper in a custom design like this can add unique character to any home, regardless of its style. View our custom details portfolio (and more!) to see how we’ve used copper and other detailing to customize and enhance homes in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

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