Unique vintage copper décor ideas helps you create a character-rich and timeless space!
If you have been following me for any length of time, you probably know all about my love for vintage copper. Copper just has this simple beauty to it that is aged and timeless. Due to that, it is easy to work into any space in your home. Follow along as I share unique vintage copper décor ideas!
Decorating with Vintage Copper Accents
I love hunting for vintage copper. Copper adds such a bright and cheery glow to any area of your home! However, I have found that whenever I’m actually looking for it, I never find it. It usually just happens…a piece of copper just sitting on a shelf at a thrift store or antique mall, just waiting for me. Does that happen to you, too?
Copper color really can’t be compared to anything else. The best is when that coloring is covered with a beautiful antique patina.
I’m super excited to share my thrifted vintage copper collection with you today. I hope that these ideas inspire you to start a collection of your own, add to an existing collection, or give you some decorating ideas for your home!
A Brief History Of Vintage Copper
Copper has been around for thousands of years. There are some pieces that date to around 9000 BC!
Since it’s discovery, copper has always been valuable. It has been an important metal because it is very diverse, being used for practical purposes as well as decorative.
Copper cookware became popular during the 1800’s and into the 1900’s. These old pieces are quite expensive and heavy, typically showcasing a brass or cast iron handle.
As Julia Child said in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, “copper pots are the most satisfactory of all to cook in, as they hold and spread the heat well.”
Tips for Finding Thrifted Vintage Copper Décor
Most of my copper pieces have been found at thrift stores but there are a handful that have come from antique stores. Typically, when I head into a thrift store, I make a beeline straight for the kitchen and house ware aisles.
Other places to look for vintage copper include estate sales, garage sales, flea markets and online sources such as Mercari and Facebook Marketplace.
I started collecting copper a few years ago and am always on the hunt for more pieces. You might assume that you need to pay a high dollar amount to purchase vintage copper pieces but I’m here to tell you that you do not!
All of the pieces that you see here have been found thrifted for an affordable price. Unique vintage copper décor ideas are all about budget-friendly decorating!
Unique Vintage Copper Décor Ideas
I found my first copper teapot years ago when I first got into thrifting. My collection of copper teapots with white and blue porcelain handles is still one of my very favorites.
The combination of the porcelain and copper is just stunning and never gets old!
Each of my teapots has a slightly different shape than the other. The pattern on the porcelain is reminiscent of a French bistro, which makes me feel fancy:) They also make for fantastic copper kitchen decor.
I haven’t paid more than $15 for any of them.
I’m not looking to add any more right now because, well, I’m running out of space. But, sometimes you will come across one that is unlike any of the others.
So, if I see one for a good price that is unique, I will most likely bring it home.
Just this morning as I was making coffee, I was looking around, admiring my copper. Each piece brings me joy. I’m a big believer in that if something makes you happy, buy it!
Copper Creamer and Sugar Dishes
The next unique vintage copper décor ideas on the list are these adorable little creamer and sugar dishes.
I’ve only found one set that came together. All of the other’s I’ve found separately at various thrift stores, never paying more than a few dollars for them.
I just think they are so cute! These little pieces are some of my favorites to style into vignettes and displays around my home.
One of the nice things about using smaller decor pieces such as these is that you can use them all over the house. Even though they are technically a ‘kitchen item’, they don’t have to be confined to the kitchen.
Get creative and decorate outside of the box!
The largest piece of vintage copper that I have found at a thrift store is this beautiful kettle.
It was still in a box by the donation door that was just being wheeled out and I scooped it up!
The copper coloring has a pink hue to it and the double handles make this piece one of a kind. Usually I have the kettle sitting on top of my kitchen cabinets but pull it down from time to time.
Normally I don’t purchase copper at antique stores because they are always priced too high but this pot was marked for $10! It is stamped on the bottom with ‘Old Colony’.
It’s too rusty to actually use for cooking so it lives up above the kitchen cabinets.
Copper is one of those fun decor items that you can mix with just about anything! I created this simple display for Christmas mixed with some enamelware and various other vintage finds.
This is another copper pot that I found at a secondhand store. I had to buy it because it was only $10!
My husband does all of our cooking and prefers to use stainless steel cookware, so this pot is used to melt wax when I pour candles.
Closing Tidbits on Unique Vintage Copper Décor Ideas
This old metal provides an instant statement from chic to contemporary spaces. But, it is just as effective at creating a warm and cozy atmosphere for a more vintage feel.
The patina and weathered appearance that copper tends to give off adds such character to a space.
It really is the perfect type of vintage decor for any home.
Curating a collection takes time. I hope that these unique vintage copper décor ideas gives you new inspiration on how you can incorporate into your space!
Many years of thrifting and antiquing have gone into my copper collection but I think there is a lesson in that. Be encouraged to find décor that makes you happy, finding patience and perseverance along the way.
Let me know in the comments if you collect copper or something else. I love to know what others are collecting for their homes!
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