Brass in the Kitchen

Brass has been a growing trend the past couple of years and it seems it’s finally come around to the kitchen.  I do feel that kitchens and baths are a little slower with trends as most of the finishes are permanent and cannot be changed out on a whim.  Whether its cabinet hardware, lighting, a gorgeous hood, or faucets and fittings, I love the mix of warmth and glam brass brings to a room.

photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell


With stainless being such a standard in the kitchen, I know many of my clients hesitate to add brass to the space.  First, I have no problems mixing metals in a kitchen.  Just as we mix colors, wood and white, there is no rule that says all metals must be the same.  Also, I think we all need to think outside the “stainless box.”  Stainless has become the standard, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best, or the luxury choice.  Note in the kitchen above, the homeowners opted for a white refrigerator to blend with their kitchen and allow that gorgeous hood to pop.


Images via Canadian House and Home

Image via Bijou & Boheme


The easiest way to dip your feet into brass is with cabinet hardware.  I love how the first kitchen above combined long architectural brass pulls, with delicate brass cross handles of their faucet.   Note, this kitchen mixes brass and stainless and it looks great.  (They also mix black and white cabinetry and warm the space up with wood counters- all of which I adore.)  

As for Christine’s brass campaign style hardware… I just about died and went to heaven when I saw that one!

Image via Life in Grace

Image via Cococozy

Brass Light fixtures are another great way to add brass into your kitchen.  It’s a cliché to say lighting fixtures are the jewelry of the kitchen, but when you uses pieces like above, it’s certainly true!





via Remodelista


Image via Cococozy


Brass faucets have become increasingly more popular in the kitchen.  The preferred finished is not your 80’s decorator brass, but rather unlacquered brass.  This brass, as denoted by the name, is not protected by a lacquer finish and will change over time.  I’ve heard many designers say they love the patina and aging of the brass.  I’m not opposed to the idea, but I’d prefer to see a 5-10 year old unlacquered faucet before to committing to one myself.  If you aren’t OK with “patina” this isn’t the finish for you!





Image via Cococozy


The brass hood is a bolder step, but it sure can be stunning!  A full brass hood says you have class in spades and aren’t afraid to flaunt it.  I’d be more inclined to do the second hood myself; black hood with brass strapping.  Yes, please.



My favorite brass detail in the kitchen?  The brass toe kick.  I love that it’s unexpected.  The it brings a bit of bling to a usually drab area.  It’s just such a nice finishing touch to a kitchen!


So there is your brass fix for the day.  Would you consider brass in your dream kitchen?  And the big question… when will we see brass appliances?  A big brass refrigerator?  Will this be the new luxury, or is it a passing fad?

  1. I would have originally thought no to brass, but after seeing these pictures, I think it looks great, as long as you don’t use too much!

  2. Erin

    Every single kitchen is a masterpiece. I love the warmth of brass. And while I’m not opposed to mixing metals at all, I prefer clean modern white appliances. Ikea has gorgeous ones at decent prices.

  3. I love brass in the kitchen! My mom and dad are redoing theirs and I am insistent that they add brass elements somehow. Loving the idea of doing brass hardware!

  4. Elyse

    I LOVE brass in the kitchen and bath (quite a few of the pics above are some of my FAVE spaces), but I worry that in 10 years it will really date the space. What do you think? I’m just not sure if this will stand the test of time or end up hindering resale down the line…

  5. Elyse,

    I think that is a valid concern. I have few thoughts about the matter…
    1. None of these elements (other than the hoods) are huge cost items or impossible to replace.
    2. a 10 year kitchen (or bath) is still a 10 year old kitchen and wont be as appealing as a new one- whether brass is in or out then. It is much easier to change out brass hardware and faucets than to paint over once-trendy cerused oak cabinets.

    I think no one knows what will be popular in the future. In 10 years all stainless kitchens may look dated.

  6. Naomi- Gorgeous post and GREAT response to Elyse. I think these kitchens are stunning. At the end of the day, I think you need to live with what you love. For me, that would be brass.

  7. Elyse

    Haha, you pretty much said exactly what I’ve been telling myself but I was convinced it was just rationalization!! Essentially, when it comes to hardware it should be fine, but that’s not necessarily the case when it comes to hoods or more costly shower hardware, etc. It’s definitely my favourite trend in kitchens and baths right now, and I had a post about it planned myself ;)

    I may or may not have a few brass pulls saved in my favourites on ebay, and you’ve pushed me ever closer to hitting the buy button. I mean, the previous tenants put in knife and fork handles. I don’t really need to be reminded that I’m in the kitchen :P

  8. Hannah

    I love it. And the same thought crossed my mind that crossed Elyse’s but I love how you put it into perspective. Who knew that oak cabinets would be so out of style and white would be in? Could be out of style in 10 years and oak could be back in. I wish I owned so I could add brass to my kitchen.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  9. Jessie

    We just did a “budget” kitchen renovation and used brass hardware and brass pendants. Our applicances are still stainless and the faucet is silver. I was really worried about mixing all of the finishes, but it turned out great!

  10. I’m in love with brass and it looks AMAZING in kitchens, I think I almost pinned the whole post ;)

  11. Fiona

    I just don’t like this look in the kitchen. I like gold (and perhaps occasional brass) accents in other areas, but I really don’t think this will age well.

    Perhaps I am scarred by a really ugly brass light fixture in my childhood home, but it doesn’t work for me.

    I do think it’s nice to have an alternative to stainless, but this is not it for me.

  12. I love “touches” of brass in a kitchen….. in the hardware or the light fixtures especially. It lends an “acquired over time” look to the space versus once over redo…..

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  14. Loving all the brass in the kitchen – especially in a more contemporary line. Hope it sticks around.

  15. Loving the look in these examples, but it looks very different with patina, which these examples have very little of yet, if any. Having owned an unlacquered antique brass bed, I know what it looks like unpolished. And even if you like that look, the areas which are frequently touched, if only by opening and closing (specifically door knobs/handles) will not patina, leaving an uneven finish. So some maintenance issues. But this doesn’t stop people from having/using sterling silver, soapstone counters, etc. and loving them.

  16. I heart my brass pulls in the kitchen! Just enough glam in my little tract home townhouse!

    A brass faucet or hood would be amazing!

  17. I love you. I mean brass. I love brass. Seriously my eyeballs just about popped out several times reading this post.

  18. Seema

    Love brass in the kitchen!

    Not sure if you’ve seen it already, but on houseandhome.com, we have photos of the Retro Revival kitchen here http://houseandhome.com/design/photo-gallery-sasha-seymours-townhouse-reno and a video tour of the home: http://houseandhome.com/tv/segment/retro-inspired-townhouse

    We also have a video tour of the “Perfect Measure” kitchen here: http://houseandhome.com/tv/segment/modern-country-kitchen

    Please feel free to link back to us at http://houseandhome.com.

    Thanks so much,

    Seema

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