Just as August is coming to a close, I’m squeezing in the monthly moodboard and all of the decor finds I’ve been coveting as of lately. This moodboard is a little different because rather than a color or texture, it’s a finish. Any guesses? I’m still not over brass and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this classic metal. Click through for tips on using brass in a timeless way- rather than the trendy, outdated way we’re seeing so much of lately… as well suggestions for choosing the right brass finish, because we all know there are a lot of bad finishes currently on the market market. You’ll also want to see my monthly shopping roundup- this might be my favorite one yet!
The key to finding a good brass finish is first to check the material. Often times decor and accessories are painted a gold finish to mimic brass, and it ends up looking very cheap- lots of Target and Homegoods items fall into this category. I try to avoid that type of “brass” finish and opt for solid, heavier pieces instead that will patina over time. I’m partial to an antique brass finish because they look weathered and timeless, but you can also find great polished brass decor when trying to achieve the modern or mid century look… think of a gorgeous Milo Baughman Étagère.
Here’s what I’ve been coveting in my favorite metallic finish as of lately… click each item in the roundup below to shop!
01: brass picture light // 02: modern table lamp // 03: aged brass platform bed // 04: square photo frame // 05: brass end table // 06: brass gallery frame // 07: brass & marble sink console // 08: wall mounted mirror // 09: brass sconce // 09: brass & glass box // 10: brass coffee table // 11: brass footed bowl // 12: console table // 13: brass outline frames
Basically, I want everything from the above collage. Ha! But really- there are a lot of great items of all price ranges. I actually bought the coffee table (#11) for our living room… that’s right- there’s a big living room makeover / update coming to the blog VERY soon. Stay tuned for that!
My biggest tip for using brass in a timeless way is to mix it with other metals and materials. I hate when I see an entire kitchen and the ONLY metal that shows up in the space is brass. That’s how something becomes outdated and “trendy”. Always use it in moderation and be mindful of the finish. The cheap, fake-looking spray painted brass is not a good look and will quickly go out of style- even if it was a great deal. Stick to deep, warm, antiqued and vintage pieces, and avoid the yellow / green tones.
Are you guys still liking brass? It’s been around forever and will never go out of style (even if it continues to gain popularity)– as long as it’s applied and installed properly. Let me know if you have questions or favorites in the comments below!