We all know bold metals have the potential to be extremely tacky. There was a reason the last time brass was popular was in the 70s. But with trial and error, it seems that brass is finally back in full force. It took a while to trickle down past designers, but it’s making its way into homes a lot more lately. Copper is becoming a more regular staple as well, as bold pieces become the grand centerpiece for simple bathrooms, or as statement occasionals. This is a venture that we are excited about. Stainless steels, brushed nickels and chromes have had their time in the limelight and it’s exciting to see other metals getting a chance to shine.
Designer Tom Dixon kick-started the new-metal age about a half decade ago, developing lighting that utilized hammered metals in warm tones that soon became iconic. In the last couple years, it has become much more common with designers, and particularly in restaurant design. Brass and copper add a certain sense of romance that has been lacking in modern design for a while. The metals signify a history and a craftsmanship that stainless steel and chrome do not.
Make note: the metals that are growing in common popularity are not the shiny, brass pieces of the 70s that looked fake and ostentatious. These metals are the authentic beauty that we’ve been lacking in design and will gladly show you their tarnished edges that add so much character to a space.
If you’re nervous about adding these metals to your mix, start small! Try a table or pendant lamp, and then move forward from there. You’ll see that these metals will bring some great dimension and class to your space!
Submitted by: Cassandra