Design Trend: Brass

For many the thought of brass conjures up images of the shiny, ubiquitous metal of the 80’s and 90’s. But for me it’s a reminder of my travels through India and Morocco, where brass has a rich history (and where my husband and I literally had to throw away clothes to fit all our newly purchased knick-knacks into our suitcases… but that’s a story for a future post). Whatever your thoughts about brass, it’s back, and this time around, you’re going to love it!  Here’s why –  No longer is brass the shiny, cheap looking metal of decades past. Instead, un-lacquered aged and antiqued finishes bring out brass’s warmth and richness, making it the perfect affordable accessory to any home.

brass, design trend, shopping resources, interior design, decorating, chicago redesignWorld Market Antique Green Globe with Brass Stand | Nate Berkus Brass Rivet Table Lamp | World Market Desiree Metal Bell Pendant | Ikea FAGLEBODA Brass Cabinet Handles

Use brass accessories to warm up any style interior, from modern to traditional, global or eclectic; and remember, a little goes a long way. Mix it with other metals like the similarly warm and golden hued bronze, as well as cool silver-toned nickle and stainless. Another plus, brass ages well and will develop a beautiful patina over time!

This classic metal is even showing up in collections by big name designers like Kelly Wearstler and the fantastically accessible Nate Berkus.

Kelly Wearstler Railing, brass{source}

Here are a couple of inspirational mood boards featuring brass accessories…

{Modern Global Living Room}

brass, design trend, shopping resources, interior design, decorating, chicago redesignNate Berkus Metal Vase | West Elm Bursa Wool Rug | Ikea Emmie Kvist Pillow | West Elm Martini Side Table | World Market Square Brass Embossed Chargers | Nate Berkus Geometric Toss Pillow in Gray

{Art Deco Powder Room}

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Graham & Brown Wallpaper Cinema in Charcoal/Silver | Ikea FAGLEBODA Brass Cabinet Handles | Builders Cabinet Supply Paint Grade Cabinet in Ebony Colourtone | Heritage 1 Bathroom Faucet in Antique Brass | Barclay Products Sherlene Towel Ring in Antique Brass | Xanadu Bath Towels

What are your thoughts on the brass trend – love it or leave it? Let me know what you think!

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