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By Melissa Ozawa
What was once considered, well, brassy is now something to covet and keep. From small moments to large statements, today’s brass is tasteful and elegant -- with gorgeous patina to spare.
Go bold. A wall clad in sheets of unlacquered, untreated brass laminate adds high drama to a living room. A complement to the forest-green sofa and brass accents in this room, the partition will develop a rich patina over time. To achieve a similar effect on a smaller scale, try applying the sheeting to the back of a bookshelf or wet bar.
Raw brass laminate, by Chemetal, 2' by 8', $305, manhattanlaminates.com
Pask floor lamp, in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass, $625, aerostudios.com
Hammered-brass plates, from $10 each, michelevarian.com
Nevada linen pillows, in Charcoal and Khaki, $95 each, wolfhomeny.com
Murphy sofa, in Vance/Emerald, $1,399, roomandboard.com
Concord rug, 8’ by 10’, in Ash, $1,695, mgbwhome.com
Steel nesting tables, $595 for 2, abchome.com
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Brass is a stunning accent on wood and painted surfaces, such as these gray kitchen cabinets, opposite. Here are some of our favorite brass door pulls -- from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional.
Modern pull (#70760), $57, peguerin.com
Bedford Brass Awing Cup cabinet hardware pull, by Martha Stewart Living, 3", $2, homedepot.com
Brass pull, by Charlotte Dubois, in Antique Bronze, $17, thebrasscenter.com
Cabinet pull, by Merit Metal, 3½", in Satin Brass, from $80, thebrasscenter.com
Polished-brass pull, by Colonial Bronze, $14.50, thebrasscenter.com
Drawer pull, by Baria, 2¼", in Polished Brass, $35.50, thebrasscenter.com
Modern cabinet knob (#8206), in Polished Brass No Lacquer, nanz.com
Cabinet knob, by HS, in Satin Brass, $44, thebrasscenter.com
Bedford Brass Goblet cabinet hardware knob, by Martha Stewart Living, 1", $2, homedepot.com
Unlacquered hexagonal bin pull, $15, rejuvenation.com
Gothic hexagonal knob (#70181), in Unlacquered Antique Brass, $126, peguerin.com
Merit knob (#40570), 1 1/4", in Burnished Brass, $66, thebrasscenter.com
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No need for a gut renovation. Revitalize your kitchen with a fresh paint color and stylish new hardware. We updated all-white cabinets with a coat of gray and a sprinkling of brass. Martha’s tip: When it comes to architectural details, don’t mix metals.
Bedford Brass Awing Cup cabinet hardware pulls, 3", $2 each, by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Bedford Brass Matchbox catches, $7 each, by Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com
Deck Mounted Country Kitchen C-Spout bridge faucet, in Inca Brass, $878, rohlhome.com
Paint, by Martha Stewart Living for Glidden Duo, in Zinc (#MSL267), from $25 a gallon, homedepot.com
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Create a romantic, luxurious mood in a bathroom with just a few brass touches -- like this striking exposed tub filler, which combines old-world elegance with modern craftsmanship. Since the minerals found in tap water can spot unlacquered brass, be sure to wipe away droplets with a soft cloth.
Etoile exposed tub filler and universal floor unions, in Unlacquered Brass, waterworks.com
Montauk glass shelf, 27", in Polished Brass, $420, urbanarchaeology.com
Giza stool, in Brass, $695, christenmaxwell.com
Cubes cement tile (#C14-24-4), $27.50 a sq. ft., mosaichse.com
Plush bath towel, by Martha Stewart Collection, in White, $18, macys.com
Cumulus shower curtain, in Slate, $260, waterworks.com
Paint, by Martha Stewart Living for Glidden Duo, in Sharkey Gray (#MSL240), from $25 a gallon, homedepot.com
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With its tested durability, brass is an ideal metal to use in the washroom.
This classic white-lever three-hole basin mixer requires separate handles for hot and cold.
For a subtle (and inexpensive) hint of brass, hang a shower curtain from these golden roller hooks.
$14 for 12, gracioushome.com
The Purist bathroom-sink faucet comes with two cross handles and is finished in a vibrant, modern brushed gold.
By Kohler, $728, homedepot.com
For ultra luxury, add this golden toilet-paper holder, which has a removable white porcelain bar.
The polished-brass drain comes with a removable basket strainer.
#16108, $285, peguerin.com
This large T-pull hardware in polished brass will be chic on a drawer for toiletries.
A stylish brass boat hook for your robe or towel, from the Hook Lady.
The custom #605 Maltesestyle grille in polished brass hides your vent with style.
By Metalworks, $395, thebrasscenter.com
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The Brass Section
Brass works well with so many furniture periods. Here, a vintage gilt-edged Paul McCobb end table is paired with a contemporary brass lamp.
Fountainhead desk lamp, by Doug Newton for Nightwood, $560, nightwoodny.com
Vintage washed Belgian-linen bedding, in Mist, from $209, rh.com
Classic throw, in English Rose, $425, aliciaadamsalpaca.com
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“Lighting made out of brass will create a beautiful halo effect,” says Kevin Sharkey. Consider these bright ideas for pendant, task, and floor lamps.
Tom Dixon’s Cell tall pendant is made from layers of etched brass.
This spherical pendant lamp is handcrafted in Portland, Oregon.
Isaac 1 light pendant, in Natural Brass, $195, schoolhouseelectric.com
The Elkins clamp-on desk lamp features a dramatic arc that’s three feet tall.
By Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort, in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass, $525, circalighting.com
Graceful and spare, this lamp offers just the right amount of light for a desk or bedside table.
By Restart Milano, $575, merchant4.com
This matte black Charlton table lamp is embellished with subtle brass accents.
By Aerin for Circa Lighting, in Black, $420, circalighting.com
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A Long Shelf Life
Basic utilitarian wire shelves get a glamorous makeover with brass plating. “What was once an inexpensive shelving unit is now a gorgeous heirloom,” says Kevin.
“You can refinish any metal with brass, except for aluminum,” says Jeff Higdon, owner of Victoria Plating, who custom-plated these shelves.
Wide-span storage rack, from $121, uline.com
Custom brass plating, from $150 a sq. ft., victoriaplating.com
Brass Boat hook, $18, hooklady.com
Kensington whiteware, from $10; whiteware serveware small pasta bowl, $16; and Collector’s enameled cast-iron round casserole, 6 qt., in White, $150; by Martha Stewart Collection, macys.com
Sustainable bamboo containers, in White, from $35 each, abchome.com
Earthenware tagines, in Black, from $225 each, abchome.com
Sarpaneva cast-iron pot, by Iittala, $295, bluecashewkitchen.com
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