Design Trend: Brass Doesn’t Mean Brassy
I’m sure you’ve seen warmer metals dominating the retail world; from small metallic accessories and office supplies at Target to copper KitchenAid mixers, it’s hard not to find something gold, rose gold, copper or brass. The chances are, your home has dark oil rubbed bronze or shiny chromes and nickels. So how exactly do you use these metals in your home?
Silver is a foolproof metal to use in your home, whether it’s chrome, nickel, or stainless steel. It works with a variety of colors, finishes, and materials which makes it the easiest metal color to have. The new “Modern Brass” works surprisingly well with a whole lot of materials too – it looks great with any type of glass, quartz and marble, leather, washed and dark wood finishes. These cool metals are, of course, still cool to use. But it might be time to consider warm metals as an exhilarating alternative.
Out of all the warm metals, brass is a little bit more on the versatile side than copper and rose gold. For a while, brass was a big no-no with its association to the 1980s design trends. After a couple of decades, brass has transformed itself into a more restrained metal to use in your home than silver or gold. The key to finding “modern brass” is to look for the raw or unpolished finish that gives it the modern edge.
With the trend of having gray and white spaces in your home taking a slight detour towards the warmer tones, the warm metals like brass work especially well. One advice in using brass is that mixing up textures and finishes can liven up your home even more. Brass plumbing fixtures, hardware, and furniture accents come in an array of textures from matte or brushed to polished.
With the strong gray and white trend taking a detour towards warmer tones, brass fits notably well with the warmer, neutral palettes. These palettes often contain earthy linen colors and creams along with accent colors, so you can easily work in the brass accents in.
What’s also great about using brass is that so many different product types now incorporate brass (you name it- candle holders, trays, nightstands, chairs, even artwork with gold and brass colors), you can virtually fit it into your home seamlessly whether your style is industrial, elegant, contemporary, retro, traditional, transitional, feminine, or masculine!
Here are some ways you can consider using brass and colors that complement brass well!