Brass is HAWT in interior design. So hot that I’m kinda already over it. But what’s the next big trend in decorating? Someone asked me that the other day and I didn’t have an answer quite yet. Even though brass/ gold is so popular, I’m not sure I’m ready to give it up… I love it that much. But I do think I’m ready for a little less overall and certainly less predictable combinations in decorating with brass.
While the warm goldy hue has been growing in popularity over the past few years, suddenly it seems like it is EVERYWHERE. I know this because I’m working on a living room design where I was told NO BRASS and we were just searching for cute little metal end tables and lights. It was surprisingly challenging! When it comes to finding good looking and well priced metal end tables/ coffee tables/ and lights it’s seems manufacturers have got the memo: nickel is out and brass is in for the win. (PS- I like both nickel and brass. Mix it up, Yo!)
So if something is trending so strongly, does it automatically push those of us who strive to be ahead of the curve past the gold phase? In this era of pinterest / houzz / instagram saturation where design moves so fast, can you ever be ahead of the curve? I instead try to follow my mantra: Live with what you Love.
If you buy what you love and mix in a few of the following, your love of gold can last a long long time.
1. Do only 1-3 pieces in gold finish. It’s so easy to want to paint your home gold, but for real, Less is more. Let your special pieces shine.
2. Don’t be scared to mix those metals. I know some people won’t agree with me here. But I think it adds more depth and feels more collected.
3. Mix in something rustic. Woody, stone, even honed marble, just something to contrast with the metallic.
4. Don’t be afraid to clash. Some golds are soft and leafy, some brasses are shiny and modern, some are antique. Just trust your gut and mix it it.
Nicole Cohen via sketch 42
5. Skip the matching pieces. I’m never a fan of the matching set- but a matching gold coffee table & end table set makes me especially mad.
Like this mix, but I would actually prefer it if the coffee table weren’t a metallic and it was just two gold side tables. VIA
6. Start with a table. My favorite way to mix in a little brassy goodness is an end table. It’s low commitment and there are SO many cute options out there!
Angie Hrankowsky via Domaine Home
There are so many great end tables out there. Here are a few of my FAVES at all different price points.