Must-Have Metal: Brass

Must-Have Metal: Brass

A common myth still floating around interior design is that brass finishes are dated, reserved only for grandma’s house or 1980’s homes begging for a renovation. But the truth is, brass is back, and in a big way. The key with this finish is to go out with the old, and in with the new (that is a more modern nod to the metal). 

What makes brass so popular is the metal's ability to pair with nearly every kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity. From marble to concrete to softer butcher block and even tile, brass compliments nearly any design style and works with any design budget.

There are multiple types of brass finishes, so which kind is right for you? Of course retailers terminology may differ slightly, but generally there are four finishes to choose from. The experts at Signature Kitchen & Bath want to help you differentiate between the types, and pick the finish that's right for you:

Polished Brass – This finish is also known as mirrored or high gloss. This is the shiny brass most people associate with grandma’s house, but when paired with modern design, this finish adds a major touch of sophistication.

Satin Brass – Satin (or matte) brass is popular because the finish makes a statement without being too flashy. It touts both vintage and modern design, and can find its place in nearly every kitchen or bathroom.

Brushed Brass – Very similar to satin, brushed brass can be distinguished by the finish's distinct brush marks, adding just a touch of character.

Antique Brass – Unlike its name, "dull" antique brass is anything but boring. The storied hardware has a deeper finish and bit more dimension. Antique brass pairs well with rustic and old world design. 

 “I’ve heard of lacquered brass versus unlacquered brass … what is it and why is it important?” Many companies offer both raw (unlacquered) and protected (lacquered) brass finishes. What’s important to know when making your decision is the raw metal will naturally age and develop a patina over time. For many, this is the allure to the metal, but do keep in mind minimal upkeep is required.

If you’re intrigued by brass, but not sure you’re ready to fully commit your kitchen, mixing metals might be a great option for you. Featured in many St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles 2018 Kitchens of the Year, mixing metals is an easy way to add dimension.

They key is to match finishes – matte with matte, polished with polished. If your appliances are stainless steel, opt for a satin chrome faucet with satin brass cabinet pulls. Also be sure to balance between the mixes metals, making sure they are placed evenly throughout your design.

It’s official, brass has made a comeback and we can’t get enough of this style staple. Do you agree? Let us know by commenting below!

This blog post is written in collaboration with Signature Kitchen & Bath. All thoughts are our own.

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