Brass is set to be the metallic accent of choice as far as interior design trends for Autumn/Winter 2015 are concerned.
Considered to be less ostentatious than gold, brass can easily be introduced into design schemes through accessories such as vases, bowls and lights, or as a key element of the design to make a huge statement. Brass also works just as well in contemporary settings as traditional and really pops against dark colours, whilst bringing style and sophistication.
Here’s how you can incorporate the next up and coming trend into your home, should you choose to do so.
In the bathroom
Keep it simple in the bathroom with taps and fillers, available in a range of finishes, to get the metallic look. Or go the whole hog with a brass wall to lift dark furniture and colour schemes.
This brass wall looks stunning alongside the polished concrete bath surround and floor in this Copenhagen bathroom designed by Norm Architects. Not only does it make a great floor-to-ceiling splashback, as it ages it will provide further textural interest to the overall design.
In the kitchen
We’re more than familiar with the use of stainless steel in domestic kitchens, but brass has yet to make the same impact. However, those put off by the sometimes clinical appearance of steel will enjoy the warmer tones of brass. Plus its hardwearing and durable nature makes this material a welcome addition to kitchens and bathrooms.
This brass-clad kitchen island sees the material’s reflective qualities being put to good use as it mirrors the beautiful detailing of the parquet floor and bounces light around the space.
In the lounge
Jack Trench’s beautifully handcrafted brass cabinet with Brown Oak interior is the perfect addition to any lounge. Not only does it bring plenty of understated glamour to your room’s design, but it also doubles as a stylish drinks cabinet. Open her up to reveal a hardworking interior that keeps your glasses, cocktail shaker and booze in perfect order.
In the details
If a large brass statement piece is far too showy or expensive for your room design, then keep it low profile with metallic designer door handles and light switches. Available in a whole range of metallic finishes, these little touches keep you on trend without blowing the budget.
Accessories, such as cushions, throws and curtains in warm, burnished colours can also give a sense of the trend and can be replaced when another trend takes precedence. Metallic wallpapers and paints also give the desired effect and again can be updated easily and fairly cheaply.
Whilst trends are fun to follow, they shouldn’t dictate the style of your interior especially if you’re not comfortable with the look. After all, your home is an extension of your personality and ideally should reflect and express your own unique style, not necessarily the latest fad.