About Copper & Tin Wall Decor

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About Copper & Tin Wall Decor
Copper is fashioned home decorating accent pieces. (DAISY ON COPPER image by brelsbil from Fotolia.com)

Archaeological discoveries from 8000 B.C. show that copper is one of the oldest and most used metals. Copper dates back to the Hittite Empire of Central Turkey as early as the Bronze Age. Considered a symbol of wealth and prestige, copper tiles, wall hanging and decor items were fashioned to evidence the homeowner's status. Tin wall tiles gained popularity as and inexpensive method of duplicating the elaborate carved plaster ceilings and wall panels of Europe. Bring the warm metallic tones of copper and tin into your home with the addition of eye-appealing wall decor.

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Modern Wall Sculptures

Copper and tin is crafted to create a wide variety of modern metal wall artwork. Magnificent abstract sculptures to adorn the lobbies of corporate offices, hotels, night clubs and restaurants have been produced by artisans around the world. Smaller pieces of metal art are often used in home decorating. Wall sculptures are created by folding, grinding, cutting, embossing, hammering, bending, folding and crinkling copper or tin to achieve the desired affect. Colorization is the result of applying patinas, transparent metal dyes and heat.

About Copper & Tin Wall Decor
Metal relief tiles are used as decor accents. (metal image by Andrzej Wlodarczyk from Fotolia.com)

Antique Copper & Tin Tiles

Pressed metal ceiling panels and wall tiles have been utilised as home decorating accents for centuries. Tin tiles were widely used in both commercial and residential applications during the 1800s. Elegant tin wall tiles and ornaments are available in Victorian, turn of the century styles or art deco styles with copper, brass or chrome accents.

Tiles are used to protect high traffic areas from damage, or used as back splash behind sinks and vanities. Modern day replica tiles are available from home building supply stores or interior decorating firms. Tiles can be powder coated or dyed to achieve any desired colorization. Cornices (crown mouldings), girder nosing or flat mouldings is available in matching metal. Antique tin tiles add rich historical detail to home renovations.

Copper & Tin Accents

To provide a warm, reflective glow, decorative copper panels are used as accents to wood panelling or plaster wall treatments. Copper strips are adhered to the wall with mounting screws or adhesive as corner protectors. Copper sheeting can be incorporated in to bathroom walls or shower enclosures to add elegance and architectural detail.

Tin Tiles Add A Touch Of Elegance

Moulded or stamped tin tiles, used as wall coverings or accents add metallic beauty to both older and modern homes. Antique stamped tin tiles are used to create beautiful picture and mirror frames.

Cups & Spoons

Add country charm with a wall mounted copper pot rack and copper pots. Hang antique copper food moulds as wall decorations in the kitchen or dinning area. Antique copper spoons, tin cups and tin pails provide historical character when used as wall hanging.

About Copper & Tin Wall Decor
Tin Cups are useful antique accents. (tin cup image by michael langley from Fotolia.com)

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