Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a gold girl. I never wear silver jewelry and I’m drawn to warm, shiny tones like a magpie. Heck, I even like the hardware on my handbags to be brass or gunmetal rather than nickel. (And yes, the early noughties in fashion were a fantastic time for me, thank you very much. If only I could rock those big hoops now.)
So you can imagine how exciting it is for me to bring you this news: brass is back in a big way, especially for our kitchens. The trend has been building now for a few years, but lately it’s exploded. Call it the Olympic Effect, but brass hardware in the kitchen (and mixed-metal hardware, too) is looking fresh and exciting, and it’s finally becoming more available as retailers catch on.
I know that brass isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but personally I think it’s about time we ditched the bland, characterless chrome and stainless steel of the past decade for a new look- one that’s warm, inviting and glamorous. Note that this isn’t the thin, lacquered brass of the 1980′s (that terrible stuff which never patinas and feels cheap to boot) but the real deal: solid to the touch, with a warm glow, and gets better with time.
I’m especially loving brass hardware when it’s used in a modern, white kitchen with a hella lot of carrara marble. It’s a look that brings to mind traditional French bistros, classic and modern at the same time. In these photos, my favourite details include the brushed range hood in the top photo, the slim drawer pulls in the second and the brass kickplate in the photo below (not to mention the splendid parquet floor).
How do you feel about brass making a comeback?