Copper and Marble Kitchen Décor Match Made in Heaven

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A copper and marble kitchen décor scheme is a wonderful way to brighten up and add a pop of color to a space where many of us spend most of our time. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that, on average, Americans participate in activities that involve being in or near their kitchen for this long each day:

  • Eating and drinking – 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • House work – 58 minutes
  • Caring for household members – 25 minutes.

Combine these numbers and you’ll see that the average person spends over two hours per day performing activities at home likely in or near the kitchen.

Kitchen Décor and Design Matter More than Ever

Kitchens have become an integral part of social interaction in American culture. The most popular floor plan for single-family homes is the open floor plan, which involves the kitchen, dining space, and living room transitioning seamlessly between one another; creating a larger single space.

Now that traditionally three separate spaces are converging into a single, open space in modern homes, you have to make sure that your kitchen, dining space, and living room all share a consistent design scheme that ties them together. By using elements like copper and marble kitchen items, you can add a unique touch to this distinct part of the space.

Copper and Marble Kitchen Means Proper Cleaning

Copper and marble design is a trend that has become popular in wedding design, interior design, and specifically with kitchen décor. However, copper is prone to tarnishing over time and marble (especially white marble) can easily stain if not properly cared for.

Here are some tips for making sure your copper and marble stay clean and pristine:

Keeping Copper in the Kitchen Clean

To clean a metal like copper, you’re probably thinking you have to go buy some strange, toxic chemical from the hardware store, right? Not so fast! It might be easier than you think.

With some basic ingredients that you’re sure to have lying around the house, you can polish your copper in no time. Here is a basic home remedy for a copper cleaning solution that involves a lemon and table salt:

  • Cut a lemon in half and apply salt to one of the halves.
  • Rub salted lemon half on the copper directly.
  • For harder to reach spaces squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl and mix it with the salt to form a cleaning solution. Soak solution into a cloth and use it to reach tight corners and crevices.
  • Rinse copper kitchenware with warm water and let air-dry.
  • Buff with dry cloth to add extra shine if desired.

Making Sure Marble Stays Immaculate

Unfortunately, compared to copper, marble is a bit harder to clean after a stain has set in. DIY recommends that, once you spill something on your marble, you should wipe up the spill immediately with a cloth and clean it with nothing more than a mild soap and hot water. You can give yourself more time to clean the mess before it sets into the marble by also spraying it with sealant at least once per month.

If your stain has set in completely, take DIY’s advice and rub hydrogen peroxide mixed with a few small drops of ammonia onto the stain directly. However, be careful not to use too much ammonia, as it is acidic and can damage your marble if you put too much on it.

Enjoy Your Copper and Marble Kitchen with Regular Easy Maintenance

Keeping your copper and marble kitchen clean is an important task that may require some very simple maintenance from time to time. These are quick tips that you can put into practice and ensure that your functional kitchen décor looks good for years to come.