What was it my mom told me once?  Everything comes around again?  Well it’s true and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but lately, I’ve been attracted to brass accents.  But these aren’t the same as those of the ’80s {like my downstairs bathroom used to have}.  Every time a trend comes around again, it comes back in a slightly different way than the time before, and the current brass trend is no exception.




The modern-day use of brass has a more streamlined look and is often paired with contrasting colors and textures to make a striking statement.  I love the mix of traditional and contemporary of Kristin‘s new kitchen!

{Kitchen Makeover via Bliss at Home}
{Kitchen Makeover via Bliss at Home}


Faucets, fixtures, and hardware are typical items that are replaced with brass, so kitchens and bathrooms are a go-to location for this look.  Paired with black and white, brass adds a touch of class for a high-end look.  And okay, what’s not to love about this ladder!

{via The Works}
{via The Works}


This neutral bathroom gets a pop with brass accents and I love the use of the coordinating brass mirror.

{Bathroom via Holst Brothers}
{Bathroom via Holst Brothers}


And I suppose if your sink trap is going to be exposed, it might as well be beautiful!

{via }
{via Elizabeth Strianese Interiors}



While current trends focus on a dramatic use of brass, this look isn’t for everyone, especially if you think it’s a look you’ll tire of and want to avoid changing out your big ticket items.  As an alternative, you can try introducing brass in small touches, like accent tables.

{via Cowell + Co. Interiors}
{via Crowell + Co. Interiors}


These accents lamps really stand out against the white walls and with the mix of finishes and styles, help give this room an eclectic look.

{via Apartment Therapy}
{via Apartment Therapy}


Keep in mind that it’s not necessary to have all of your metallics match.  In fact, mixing and matching allows you to update your home over time with small pieces and gives you a more collected look.  And an “odd man out” brass piece can add a bit of interest to a room!

{via Restoration Hardware}
{via Restoration Hardware}


While brass can take on a contemporary look, it also works well with vintage decor.  Below, a more matte brass is paired with lighter colors for a timeless look.

{via Lauren Liess Interiors}
{via Lauren Liess Interiors}


Antique brass paired with crystals helps to create a gorgeous space in Courtney’s kitchen and honestly, what’s not to love about this kitchen!

{Kitchen via French Country Cottage}
{Kitchen via French Country Cottage}


For small touches of brass, here are some of my favorite decor items.

{BellMarble Side Table – Tape Dispenser – Shadow Box – Basket – Magnifying GlassAcrylic TrayFloor LampDoor Knocker




So what do you think?  Will you be jumping on the brass bandwagon?


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  1. Anne Guenther says:

    Thank God!!! I still have beautiful brass fixtures in my bathroom! Glad I I didn’t change them out! Thanks for your post and the beautiful rooms!


  2. Kim,
    I love the new use of brass. I’m thinking of polishing my oil rubbed bronze bathroom faucet that has worn away and left a very pretty matt brass finish. You have shown some of the prettiest rooms in this post. Always inspirational.

  3. I never gave brass up. Have always loved my Stiffel lamps so I have had to learn to mix metals throughout the house. Have brass fixtures in one bathroom, oil rubbed bronze in another and brushed nickel in a third bathroom. I have antique brass also. Kitchen hardware has dark nickel knobs and pulls. When we built the house my decorator told me that I should mix the metals and use what I love so I did and so glad I listened to her.

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