If you’ve done any furniture shopping in the past two years or so, you may have noticed that brass has made a big comeback. Brass can be extremely classic and timeless when done right. It can also come off as trendy and tacky when done wrong. The goal is to not go overboard and to know where to use it. When appointed properly, brass can be mixed with other metals for a totally chic, glam look. I've used brass in my own space since the early 2000s in the form of mirrors and lamps and tchotchkes. I mostly prefer it when it is brushed but I do own a couple pieces that have a highly polished brass finish. I’ve gathered a few images below of brass at its best.
Here you can see brass is used as the finish on the coffee table and the mirror.
Interior Design by Champeau-Wilde. Photo via ElleDecor.com
In this ladies' dressing room, the antique mirrors are trimmed in brass. Interior Design by Kelly Wearstler. Photo via ArchitecturalDigest.com
Here an etagere located behind a lovely Platner chair is finished in brass.
Interior Design by Christine Dovey Style, Ltd. Photo via ChristineDovey.com
This teenage boy's bedroom is a perfect gentleman's retreat. The brass nightstand and lamp complement the dark hues in the space.
Interior Design by Euro Trash. Photo via HouseBeautiful.com
I love brass plumbing fixtures, especially the brushed finished. Here the widespread faucet is elegant and stately against the cool tones of the marble top.
Interior Design by Meredith Heron. Photo via decorpad.com