Decorating Wisely: Brass is Back

Friday, 04 May 2018 17:21

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By Glenda Wise


The April issue of Builder magazine’s cover featured this headline, “Brass Is Back”. It suddenly occurred to me that my mother-in-law has been right all these years! Everything comes back around! I guess I have been aware of it for a while now, but seeing this headline really solidified it. How many houses have we remodeled and ditched all the brass knobs and drawer pulls or painted them as Ashton did in the poolhouse. Granted, today’s brass is a bit more subtle and not so bright. I have to admit, I really like today’s brass. It feels warm and homey. It is toned down sort of like when brushed nickel came on the scene and replaced chrome finishes.

The article went on to say that the days of it being a no-no to mix metals are over. More and more people are mixing and experimenting. I am very thankful those days are nearing an end. I am certainly not a symmetrical-type person, I never have been. Do not get me wrong, I don’t like a hodge-podge; I like things to coordinate and feel good together.

StyleBlueprint stated that brass was the comeback of the year! They interviewed designer Lee Robinson of Lee W. Robinson Company and he said that today’s brass shows a hint of luxury. I would have to agree with that statement. There is something that feels luxurious and fabulous about today’s brass especially when it is paired with greys and painted cabinets. Robinson went on to say that when it is done in a tasteful manner, it never goes out of style. Today’s brass creates that timeless, classic look that never seems to age.

Here are a few tips for mixing metals offered by Builder from Lisa Keeter:
1. Choose a dominant metal
2. Blend warm and cool tones
3. Take the space’s color palette into consideration
4. Use lots of texture
5. Keep it understated

I think incorporating today’s brass into your décor is a lot like incorporating black as I mentioned last week. Try starting small. For example, the sofa table I am painting would look fabulous with brass knobs. Again, just like last week, have fun with it and don’t be afraid to step outside the box.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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