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.
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
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!
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!
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?