3 Tips for Updating Your Home With Brass

For those who lived through (or remodeled from) the bright, shiny, blindingly-gold brass trend of the 80s and 90s, this may be hard to hear, but it’s true- brass is back, baby! Don’t worry, you don’t need to dig up those yellow-gold brass doorknobs, drawer pulls, and light fixtures just yet. Today’s brass trend is more subtle and sophisticated, featuring muted and patinaed finishes as opposed to high polish.

Changing with the times

The warm glow of brass is gaining traction after decades of cool nickel, chrome, and stainless steel dominating the home design industry. After most people transitioned their kitchen appliances to stainless steel, it made sense for cabinet hardware and other fixtures to follow suit with cool, silver-toned finishes. However, brushed nickel or polished chrome can seem cold, especially when paired with the white and gray colors that have become so popular in kitchen design.

Upgrading kitchens and baths with brass

Now that nickel, chrome, and stainless steel have become ubiquitous, brass seems fresh and interesting once again. Brass also offers the benefit of mixing well with other metallic finishes, including silver, copper, bronze, and iron. The contrast between warm and cool or dark and light can work to your advantage if your home already has a lot of stainless steel, nickel or oil-rubbed bronze finishes.

Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market or just want to give your home an update, check out these tips for implementing the brass trend in your home.

  • Look for matte or antique finishes- The safest bet when choosing brass cabinet pulls, hardware, lighting, and fixtures is to opt for muted finishes like antiqued, matte, or brushed brass.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix metals- Adding brass to your kitchen or bath doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything and start from scratch. For instance, try using brass as an accent in your stainless steel kitchen. If the refrigerator, range, and cabinet hardware are silver-colored, opt for a brass vent hood, faucet, and light fixture. Make sure that the brass elements are distributed evenly throughout the space in order to achieve an intentional-looking mix.
  • Get the most bang for your buck- Bathrooms are a great place to start your foray into the brass finish trend because they tend to be smaller than kitchens and usually don’t have as much going on visually- so changing out the hardware, fixtures, and/or lights will make a big impact.

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