What was once considered, well, brassy is now something to covet and keep. From small moments to large statements, today's brass is tasteful and elegant -- with gorgeous patina to spare.
Go bold. A wall clad in sheets of unlacquered, untreated brass laminate adds high drama to a living room. A complement to the forest-green sofa and brass accents in this room, the partition will develop a rich patina over time. To achieve a similar effect on a smaller scale, try applying the sheeting to the back of a bookshelf or wet bar.
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Brass is a stunning accent on wood and painted surfaces, such as these gray kitchen cabinets, opposite. Here are some of our favorite brass door pulls -- from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional.
No need for a gut renovation. Revitalize your kitchen with a fresh paint color and stylish new hardware. We updated all-white cabinets with a coat of gray and a sprinkling of brass. Martha's tip: When it comes to architectural details, don't mix metals.
Create a romantic, luxurious mood in a bathroom with just a few brass touches -- like this striking exposed tub filler, which combines old-world elegance with modern craftsmanship. Since the minerals found in tap water can spot unlacquered brass, be sure to wipe away droplets with a soft cloth.
With its tested durability, brass is an ideal metal to use in the washroom.
The Brass Section
Brass works well with so many furniture periods. Here, a vintage gilt-edged Paul McCobb end table is paired with a contemporary brass lamp.
"Lighting made out of brass will create a beautiful halo effect," says Kevin Sharkey. Consider these bright ideas for pendant, task, and floor lamps.
A Long Shelf Life
Basic utilitarian wire shelves get a glamorous makeover with brass plating. "What was once an inexpensive shelving unit is now a gorgeous heirloom," says Kevin.
"You can refinish any metal with brass, except for aluminum," says Jeff Higdon, owner of Victoria Plating, who custom-plated these shelves.
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