The Beauty of Brass


A favorite in decor for the past few years, brass is a trend with staying power. Considering the copper-and-zinc combination has been around for centuries, this should come as no surprise, but it does appear that the metal’s warmth and resiliency has achieved a newfound appreciation. Brass—as well as other gilded elements—is having quite an extended and well-deserved moment, and with its shiny, eye-catching accents, the above dining room by Savannah’s Rethink Design Studio illustrates why.


Golden hues beautifully punctuate nearly every palette, but they can look particularly pretty when placed among cool white tones. In the above room by New Orleans-based Katie Koch Home, art, objets, and natural elements combine with brass fireplace accessories and a copper colored vase to create an environment that is cool, calm, and well collected.


Left, the Jake Modern Bouillotte Lamp, available from Chattanooga’s REVIVAL, is sleek and simple and will only get better with age. Right, a brass obelisk completes a lovely vignette by Raleigh’s Anne Wagoner Interior Design.


Easy to mold, durable, and with the potential for a beautiful patina, brass is a natural choice for lighting fixtures, and the modern chandelier in Sutro’s Taylor Street Project (top), the Arredoluce Triennale Floor Lamp (above, left), and the pair of antique brass globe lights (above, right) from Atlanta-based South of Market are perfect applications.


Set against white subway tile, the brass pendants truly shine in a kitchen by Nashville-based architecture and interior design firm DAAD Group. Combined with a rustic island topped with white marble, the space is warm, inviting, and conveys a wonderful sense of order.


We are obsessed with the massive brass sea urchin Sputnik chandelier, available from Coup D’Etat in San Francisco, and equally smitten with the multi-level table shown in a project by Sutro Architects. The two-tiered cocktail table, also from Coup D’Etat, featuring brass, chrome, and smoked glass, is 1960s-French perfection.


A brass trunk adds both weight and shine to this stunning bedroom by Savannah’s Mary Jo Bochner. As a bonus, the finish will surely improve with age and wear.


Again, New Orleans’s Katie Koch Home employs brass to beautifully complete a space that is clean, modern, and utterly chic.