Brass is Back

As a real estate agent, I have the pleasure of regularly touring beautifully decorated and/or freshly staged homes. And as a fanatic and student of interior design, I regularly peruse design magazines, blogs and websites. While I always enjoy and am occasionally impressed by the creative things I see, very few things stop me in my tracks like this picture on Houzz did: 

Here is this elegant, modern design using brass fixtures. And even more surprising to me: I really like it. I really, really like it. After years of dominance of brushed stainless steel in modern and contemporary design, here is something totally unexpected and refreshing. It was a difficult pill for me to swallow, because for almost as long as I can remember, brass fixtures have been synonymous with painfully dated design. 

Brass fixtures of yesteryear. 

Brass fixtures of yesteryear. 

But this new generation of brass fixtures and design elements are not overly polished or plastic-y in appearance. They are more subdued and warm and bring a sense of history even to a newly created space. Here are some more wonderful examples I found on Houzz

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It will be interesting to see how long and how far this trend will go. Many in the design world have been predicting the decline in popularity of stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Will brass make it all the way to appliance status? Only time will tell.