Martha Stewart's classic kitchen decor adds an 'air of sophistication' to her space – and it's so simple to replicate

The lifestyle guru's copper cookware makes a huge splash in her black kitchen. Interior designers explain why this look is always a winner.

Martha Stewart
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If Martha Stewart does something, there's a good chance we'll want to do it, too. From her recipes to her design tips to her gardening advice, Martha has it all figured out. Now, she's serving us design inspiration in the form of her kitchen decor.

Martha took to Instagram to share photos of her silver and black kitchen, but, while we love this color combination, we were slightly distracted by her cookware. Yes, the real star of the show is Martha's copper cookware she has displayed on every shelf. These copper pots, pans, and pitchers make a bold, shiny impact, and of course, they come with designer approval.

'Copper cookware creates an air of old-fashioned sophistication and coziness that brings charm to the kitchen,' comments New York-based designer Artem Kropovinsky. 'The aging patina of the material is seen with time, presenting a textured surface that gives life and character to the space.'

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Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of extensive and considerable global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

Bringing the vintage pieces into your kitchen has a huge impact on the design. Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens, states: 'In addition to adding timeless, stylish feel to a room, the shimmery quality of the copper helps to bounce light around the room creating a warmer feel.' Artem adds: 'It illuminates gracefully, thus brightening up even some of the darkest corners in a kitchen that might appear gloomy otherwise.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

If you're a fan of dark gray or black kitchens, like Martha Stewart's, this look is especially appealing. 

'In dark-colored kitchens, copper pots and pans make excellent statement pieces that help to break up monochrome schemes with their light,' Artem comments. 'Copper’s metallic sheen stands out in dramatic juxtaposition against dark background tones that make the architectural details pop and add to the overall design.'

black and pink kitchen with copper hood and accessories by devol

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He continues: 'This contrast makes the kitchen feel rooted, yet still exciting and balances dark colors with reflective warm elements. Combined, Copper and black provide a high-end appearance that appeals to present-day design inclinations. This pairing uses contrast efficiently, as copper provides warmth and interest to the flatness of black’s sleek bold backdrop.'


If you're looking for a way to make your kitchen stand out, a few carefully placed copper pots might be the best way to do it. Take it from Martha.

Sophie Edwards
News Writer

I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.