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How to Decorate with Brass

More lustrous than silver but less showy than gold, brass is this year's metal of the moment in interiors. What was once considered dated  and passé is now making its way into all aspects of design, as warmer metallic tones take precedence over steel, silver and chrome (you can even purchase a rose gold iphone!).  The beauty of brass is that it brings instant opulence to a design scheme without being too pricey, but it can be tricky to use in a modern, fresh, way. Here's our tips on how best to decorate with this stunning metallic accent!

Modern Simplicity

To avoid the risk of brass looking dated, opt for brass pieces with clean lines and contemporary forms. Brass is so opulent that the finish brings the detail - avoid anything that looks like its been styled on traditional, Victorian furniture and chose shapes with a mid-century modern or minimalist feel.  Simplicity is key if you want your brass elements to have a modern, fresh appeal.

Rich Materials

To achieve that sophisticated look of luxury, pair brass with rich materials like faux-suede, leather and marble. Again, keep the forms (and colour palette) simple. That way your space will look luxe without being too showy.

Lived in Luxury

Rooms clad in opulent materials can make a space appear almost too luxurious to relax in. To avoid this, combine brass finishes with cosy elements such as soft textures, rugs, linen, upholstered furniture and warm colours. That'll soften the effect of brass, creating a cosy look of lived in luxury.

Cool Colours

For fans of colourful home decor, bear in mind that brass works best with bold blocks of cool colours as opposed to bright, warm colours. As seen in this home office, shades of blue, green and turquoise provide a beautiful backdrop for brass, whereas brighter colours such as yellow and red swallow brass up.  Pick one neutral colour on the blue end of the spectrum and let brass shine against it.

Statement Brass

Give your space some wow-factor with a statement piece of brass. Solid brass furniture, brass chandeliers, or thick brass leg supports can be really tasteful. Opt for a white / neutral colour palette so the brass elements take centre stage.

Scattered Brass

If you prefer a pared down look, scatter brass through the home in small doses in the form of cabinet handles, kitchen/bathroom hardware or leg finishes. This creates a subtle elegance and ensures you won't overdo it with too much of a good thing. In this kitchen a white colour palette and scatters of brass gives the space an opulence whilst maintaining a minimal appeal.

Brass Bathroom

Brass is a great choice for bathroom hardware not only for its aesthetic value but also for its durability. Bras develops a rich patina over time, and aged brass gives a room edge and personality. The look of this bathroom brings to mind modern craftsmanship with hints of old-world elegance.

Pair with clear

Clear glass/lucite surfaces pair really well with brass detailing.  They reflect the brass really well, creating a subtle illumination that guest won't fail to notice. The Pedera Coffee Table from Gubi featured in this interior has geometric brass legs which really shine through the tabletop, serving both a practical and decorative function.

Industrial Chic

Luxe living isn't the only look you can create with brass. If you prefer edgy decor, combine aged brass with untreated wood, exposed brick work, concrete and other metallic finishes to achieve industrial-style glamour in your home.

Matte Brass

Another way to work brass if you prefer edgy over opulence is to opt for matte brass finishes. Brass by its very nature has so much character that it doesn't need a gloss finish to stand out. Matt brass is a great way to create a look that's sophisticated yet not too showy.

Golden Glow

Opt for brass finishes on your lighting to really illuminate the room. When light reflects on the brass it creates a gorgeous halo effect, giving your space a really ambient, golden glow.


Black & Brass

We've seen how brass can complement white and blue colour schemes, but if you're more of a fan of black interiors then you're in luck - brass goes with them too! Metallic accents are a way of preventing  dark colour palettes from looking dull or foreboding, giving them an enticing glow instead.

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