Sarah Beeny shares the small affordable luxury she keeps in her kitchen– ‘It's more for the eyes'

We've been persuaded to add one to our kitchen ASAP

Sarah Beeny
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If you are a fan of the copper pan kitchen aesthethic but can't afford to shell out on one or have the space to hang a set, we think we just found the ultimate alternative courtesy of Sarah Beeny - copper mugs!

In an interview with Ideal Home as part of a campaign with cleaning brand Dettol discussing the antibacterial properties of copper, the renowned property and interiors expert and TV presenter Sarah Beeny revealed that she has a set of beloved copper mugs that she loves. Ever since we've been daydreaming of updating our small kitchen ideas with a hanging rack of copper mugs (who needs fancy expensive pans anyway?).

‘I do have lots of things in copper, but we don’t use them that much. I've got copper mugs, which we use sometimes. But I mean, I love copper. It's gorgeous. But it's more for the eyes, more for decoration,’ Sarah says.

Sarah Beeny

(Image credit: Dettol)

If you’ve ever had to clean copper pans you'll understand why you should go in wise to the fact that these copper buys are more an aesthetic purchase. ‘They do mark quite badly because copper marks with your hands. They're hard to keep clean, you have to polish them a lot,’ Sarah says. But if you don't mind that patina look on copper then you might disagree!

A kitchen with copper measuring cups and a mug hanging on a matching rail

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The question of copper came up as part of the Dettol campaign Sarah took part in that created a copper collection of limited-edition Dettol Germ-Ware. This consisted of an all-copper TV remote control, a video game console controller and a phone case, referencing the household items that spread germs the most. Sadly, none of them are available for purchase.

‘I think the items that Dettol commissioned are really fabulous. It was really fun trying them out. But they go back to Dettol and it’s probably a good thing. You can't cover your whole house in copper, can you?’

And while you sadly can’t cover your whole house in copper, like with the copper mugs there are items and accents you can incorporate into your home to take advantage of the material’s pretty looks and antibacterial properties.

We will admit that copper mugs are not cheap in the grand scheme of things - we're talking on average £30 - but when compared to the price of copper pans (around £100 for the real deal) they start looking like an affordable decorative luxury. Plus can you imagine how great they will look layered up with hot chocolate and cream or styled as part of your kitchen shelving ideas?

If you're as taken with the idea of copper mugs as we have been we've rounded up a couple of our favourites to shop today. Enjoy!

News Writer

Sara Hesikova has been Ideal Home’s News Writer since July 2023, bringing the Ideal Home’s readership breaking news stories from the world of home decor and interiors, as well as trend-led pieces, shopping round-ups and more. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors, working with the likes of 91 Magazine and copywriting for luxury bed linen brand Yves Delorme among others. She feels that fashion and interiors are intrinsically connected – if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.