Back in the eighties every new or remodeled home had brass chandeliers, doorknobs, and fixtures. Fast forward ten to twenty years and all that brass had been replaced with nickel and chrome. Brass was out; but just like trends in fashion, many styles come back around. What’s different this time is the finish, it doesn’t have to be polished or shiny, you can select burnished or matte brass.
Brass adds warmth to a space and when it’s not lacquered it will take on a natural patina and become more beautiful with age. Try introducing it in a bathroom with a new faucet, showerhead, or cabinet pulls. Or add a new brass light fixture in your living or bedroom. If you are ready to make a bold statement, select a brass range hood for your kitchen!
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what to do with all the other metals in your home. Fortunately, I’ve got good news; mixing metals is also popular! It’s no longer taboo to have nickel and brass in the same room; in fact it can look great. Thompson Remodeling recently won a Regional Contractor of the Year Award for a master bath where we mixed rubbed bronze with polished chrome.
We encourage our clients to go with what they like and our design team is happy to assist with ideas and suggestions on how to introduce a new finish into your space or combine mixed metals in a way that will look great.