February 21, 2013


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After 20 years of Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Satin-finished-whatever...  the preeminent favorite is back, and big time too!
The warmth and soft glow of brass have come full circle, partially due to the popularity of late, mid-century interiors which now have moved from the cool chrome of the 60's to the bright, swanky brass of the 70's.



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Those awesome brass sconces and shiny Klismos chairs give a warm glow to a cool, pale room. The coffee table has burnished bronze legs which compliment the brass pieces.

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This room with two Kagan sofa's and a Baughman chair has brass accents which warms the cool tones of the grays and blacks.

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Brass trimmed frames and accent tables make this sober study in orchids and purples warm and sophisticated.

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This super-chic "New York'y" looking room pops because of the brass, if it were nickel or another metal it would be flat looking and too monochromatic.

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Brass is always a part of traditional interiors, but here the brass pieces are actually mid-century pieces which makes the room feel updated.

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I freekin' love these chandeliers in this modern living room!
Two reasons: They're gutsy - and if they were chrome they'd look commercial - as if they were in some tired old department store.

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Most rooms with a Damian Hirst are sleeker, whiter and more gallery-like, but this softly textured room with the warm brass accents is very inviting.

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Usually people think gray rooms need nickel or chrome accents, but I think brass is the perfect accent as it doesn't fade into the grayness and offers a shot of warmth to the cool palette. 

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This elegant little sitting room is made more interesting by switching a brown-wood desk for the contemporary brass one; the scale lightens the look and the brass compliments the gilt frame.


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ALL of the smart table-top stores have matte brass flatware now and I think it's chic as hell!  Even Design-Within-Reach carries a brass line and they're super chrome oriented!

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This totally vintage 1970's dining table with the vintage gold-tone and blue velvet chairs is totally  off da chain!

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Mr. Mikic twists it up with this eclectic, creative assemblage.  The brass fronted buffets and chandelier pick up the handmade brass legs of the dining table. 

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Here the dining table's bold, large, gold-toned legs compliment the side-table, sconces and lamp.

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This is sooo out of my childhood, but it's still sooo good!
The black Chinese-style built-in with the black and gold Asian-inspired wallpaper is just sooo perfect with the brass accessories.


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I think Wearstler is the "shock-jock" of decorating these days - it's all about stunning the viewer more than comforting them. Here, we see black, gray and white with brass accents - the brass is the only warming element, making this schitzo room feel somewhat  coordinated.

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Here, the furnishings are very eclectic creating a casual look; by adding the polished brass bookcase the room gets bumped up a notch as it adds some sparkle and elegance.

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Silver garden seats would've been tacky, but the brass ones add a richness to the cool, green lacquered walls and other black accents.

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This small reception hall has all the right pieces including
Pantone's "color of the year, Emerald" (which is not a warm color). 
What  really makes it work are those two 70's recycled lamps and vintage brass mirror, they give the room the needed warm/cool balance.


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I know everyone's all about nickel in the kitchen these days, but brass is awesome when used properly!  It can make a country kitchen feel cozier and a city kitchen feel more glamorous! 

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This is kitchen is suhweeeeet! 
The brass just looks warmer and unexpected.

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There will be no nickel or brushed stainless in a colonial kitchen!

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How Glam can you get, riiight??? 
Albeit small, this pee-in-your-pants  kitchen rocks it out with those hammered-brass cabinet fronts. 

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And why not use that old dining room chandelier over the kitchen island?

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LOVE this matte brass finish on kitchen hardware

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Of course you'd expect nickel or brushed chrome pulls and lights in this kitchen - but that's why this kitchens in the blog and not yours...

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How about this OTT, amazing brass island in this kitchen?
I'm sure that was inexpensive...


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Marvin Gaye's song "Lets get it on" comes to mind here...
Sleek design, taupe and cream tones, antiqued mirrors and brass accessories makes this masculine and calming.

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These old 70's brass chests were a dime a dozen a few years ago, now they're a HOT commodity.

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Armani used a super simple brass bed in this bedroom and it plays well with the beige and tan tones.

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(Source: Erin Lauder)
I never run photos with the text from another magazine on them but this was a perfect example of a traditional room zhuzhed up with some mid-century pieces, and it rocks!

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This country house's dark monochromatic scheme is made warmer and less rigid by the introduction of brass accents.

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(Source: Peter Mikic)
Dis room is hella tight! 
Simple, vivid, well-proportioned and chic - it wouldn't be with chrome!

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This room feels like a warm cashmere blanket as all the tones are comfortable and warm ones.


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That's right BRASS, bitches! 

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This would be horrible with silver-toned hardware

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Ohhh lala...amour denude'....
Pretty without being ostentatious 

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A kick-ass bathroom - I think it's freekin' flawless!

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Same bath as above, different angle, still flawless!

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Simple, clean and slightly more elegant than nickel

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This retro-tastic powder room is pretty, simple and cool - all in one.

Warm your rooms with BRASS!
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