Have you noticed the gorgeous sheen of copper popping up in Home and Garden magazines, design blogs, and interior decorating shows over the past year?  Yes, copper has become a popular and trendy decorating feature, but there’s more to using copper in your home than meets the eye.

Although we have a plethora of materials and textures available to us when it comes to decorating and designing our homes, copper is the only one with the ability to ward off bacteria.  According to Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world, copper surfaces kill bacterial microbes on contact.  Today, scientists and researchers are studying the impact that this quality could have on hospitals and medical facilities, but homeowners need not wait to embrace the benefits of this stylish material in their own homes.

Copper can be integrated into a home in several ways, including backsplashes, accent walls, and fireplace features.  This eye catching element brings warm tones to any space, but if you’re looking for the best way to take advantage of its antimicrobial benefits, focus on the kitchen and bathroom.  Install copper hardware on door and cabinet handles, faucets, sinks, countertops and railings to prevent the spread of germs throughout your home.  

Not only will the anesthetically pleasing sheen of copper throughout your home lift your spirits, but it could also make your home and your family healthier!