Warming Up to Brass

A gold-colored vintage sunburst mirror and a handed-down brass floor lamp have us rethinking our brass prejudice. Not to mention that a designer friend predicted its comeback two years ago and Kelly Wearstler is using it in abandon — so we may see it in West Elm soon. Here are small doses to warm you up to brass.

Although we know of a pair of homeowners who recently banished all brass from their home during a remodeling effort, and though we hated the brass hardware in our apartment at first, we are reconsidering. The trick for us now, is going to be how to get the right brass vibe without creating a dated feeling. We think it’s going to have to be a combination of silver metals and gold metals, with modern textiles and furniture with contemporary lines to update the spaces.

If anything, maybe these items and the room stylings will convince you, like we’ve been convinced, that those brass items handed down to you aren’t a lost cause. They can be mixed with other pieces for a great home.

1 Brass table lamps really do help warm up this room, designed by BP Interiors in Seattle, Washington.

2 Kaars Koker’s new candlesticks, $24 per candlestick

3 Anthropologie’s Cascara coffee table, $598

4 Pottery Barn’s Whitney bed, $549-$849. Although we like where this bed is going, we see it with a much more contemporary duvet, like a geometric print or with brighter colors.

5 These camels are from a San Francisco House Tour, but we found some similar ones on eBay.

6 Tord Boontje’s Garland Lights table lamp for Artecnica, $165 at UnicaHome. Great for a whimsical entry table?

7 Restoration Hardware’s Telescoping Tripod floor lamp, $359

8 Brass nailheads are one way to subtly add brass. We like that the items in this photo mix brass and a silver lamp, showing that the two are not entirely incompatible. Chelsea wing chair from Williams-Sonoma Home, $1,250-$2,550

9 Kelly Wearstler and that fabulous table lamp, from a Domino 2008 feature

10 A brass tray could be a good way to tie together a brass table lamp and floor lamp. Stars engraved tray, $78 from Ten Thousand Villages.

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