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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Brass Revival

There is something about brass that makes it just perfect for Fall.  Its warm golden color creates a cozy ambiance in any room and is perfect for pairing with a soft cashmere blanket, a fire in the fireplace, and a glass of red wine.  Using brass in your home can be a bit tricky- done wrong, it can be a bad flashback to the 1980's.  But done right, brass can be warm and welcoming and even downright glamorous.

Here are a few tips for how to use brass in your home.

Balance Brass with Black
In this colorful bedroom, Miles Redd pairs a simple brass column lamp with a black paper shade.  This is a lamp you could easily find at a consignment or thrift store for probably $30 or less.  It will probably be topped with a dusty white pleated shade, but just throw out that shade and replace it with a simple black shade.

Eddie Ross does the same thing in this room- he pairs a thrift store brass lamp base (I've seen this particular style in thrift stores a hundred times; I think it must have been a popular hotel model) with a simple black shade.  Lining the shade in gold makes it even more elegant.  And doesn't it look beautiful when paired with his brass etagere?  We aren't sure how glass shelves hold so many heavy books, but it looks fab!

A brass klismos chair contrasts beautifully against the black walls on this study.  I'm not a fan of the style of that sofa (even though I'm sure it's Roche Bobois or some fancy Italian designer), but the chair looks stunning when paired with black walls.

Make It Modern
The modern lines of this brass coffee table make it the perfect piece to anchor a living room.  We've all seen the brass coffee tables from the 1980's with giant oval beveled glass tops that hang way over the base, but brass coffee tables can be beautiful when crafted in sleek modern styles.

Thrift and consignment stores are chock full of brass chandeliers as well.  No one seems to ever want them.  I have to admit I pass over them myself, but I would love to find one with sleek modern lines like Meg Braff has used in her West Palm dining room.  The midcentury style contrasts perfectly with the French chairs.

Palmer Weiss used a pair of modern brass end tables in place of a single coffee table.  The modern lines are minimal and unobtrusive, adding a modern element to the otherwise traditional room.

Go for Glamour
Brass is so versatile and can be a fantastic example of Hollywood Regency style.  Amanda Nisbet used brass palm trees (C Jere?) to add loads of glamour to a black bookshelf.

Candace Bushnell has a lamp version of brass palm trees.  They are so fun and whimiscal!

And I would be remiss if I failed to include an example of Kelly Wearstler brass.  She can probably be credited with today's "brass revival."  She paired a modern, minimalist brass chair with a black French desk to create a stunning room.

Do you use brass in your home?


Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Those are all such great examples. I want to go out and find some for myself. I do have antique brass candlesticks and chandeliers but I'd love a more contemporary piece.

Melissa said...

I do! I just bought a faux bamboo brass table off of Ebay, and I have little doses of brass-- trays, a lamp with a black shade with gold lining:-) here and there. AND I just got the most amazing huge brass greek key dining table for the shop!

Splendid Sass said...

Beautiful images. Love brass. It has never gone out of style in my house. Love brass trays!

traci zeller designs said...

Oh yes, I do! And of course now I am scouring eBay for a brass obelisk. Darn it all! ;-)

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I don't...yet! I am loving the look (again) these days though and plan to incorporate some into my home when I get back to the US!

My Notting Hill said...

Such luxe rooms. I'm loving brass right now too. I have a Drexel bar cart from the 60's that had brass features which I spray painted silver years ago. Now I'm in the process of taking it all off to reveal the brass!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Yes- love brass touches!! I always prefer gold for jewelry and brass as a home decor that it is coming back in! Take care, Caroline

habytlifestyle said...

So pleased with this revival. Brass brings such glamour and elegance.

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