The Return of Brass (Did it ever really leave?)

The Return of Brass (Did it ever really leave?)

I recognize that many of you are not pleased with the title of this post.  Believe me, I have spent the last 9 years in our home trying to get rid of the brass.  Some of my girlfriends have been very successful “kicking brass” as they call it. From quick fixes of Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint to expensive hardware and lighting overhauls.  It was THE finish when many homes in the early 1990s were being built and/or renovated. 
Now the trend is obviously oil rubbed bronze, polished chrome, or satin nickel.  I’m there. I get it. I have them.  A mix of them actually. I am not one to say you should have all the same finish throughout your house.  I like to see finishes complement each other.   When someone told me that gray was trending upwards several years ago I was NOT pleased.  I live in a region of the country where gray skies are prevalent for more than half the year.  Now, I have three shades of gray in my home and am considering another. 

This brings me to the return of brass.
I have seen it creeping back into jewelry through beautiful gold necklaces, bracelets & rings. 
Selection above is Jewel Kade and Anthropologie
 
 
It started as a gold/silver trend where both metals would blend into one piece.  Now, I see more gold holding it’s own flying solo.  It’s beautiful…right?
Well, as many know, home trends typically follow fashion trends so it was bound to happen.

  When I was part of the Color Marketing Group, we discussed in many circles how colors evolve and cycle in 20 year periods.  Guess how long it's been since the early 90s?  Yes.  20.  Thankfully, the new brass has new beauty.  It’s not as yellow as its predecessors.  It lends itself to the more palatable yellows that increasingly intrigue us.  It has a patina and depth that you can embrace.
It pairs lovely with so many new neutrals and the modern vintage trend. 
Take a look:
white subway tile, white vintage hex tile, dark grout, brass fixtures #bathroom #bath
Courtesy of Decorpad


Gray paint and gold hardware with colour swatches
Design seeds

(If I lived alone I would totally do this to all my first floor doors. Unfortunately, my husband has a strong opinion about design and practicality)

SMITTEN BY: WARM GRAY + BRASS | BluLabel Bungalow | Interior Design Advice and Inspiration    Love this bed!
 

 
Found on blulabelbungalow.com
 

Two-Toned + Textured Living Room brass accessories
Found at West Elm

You can see more brass inspiration on my pinboard at:
http://www.pinterest.com/styledliving/brass-making-a-comeback/
 

 What do you think? Could you like it again? Maybe a few perfectly golden accessories??
Maybe in 20 more years?
 
 

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