I hinted a few days ago that I would be posting about a new decorating look that I've discovered and now want all over our future house. I never really imagined I'd say this, but I've become totally enamored with brass--specifically unlacquered brass.
Most of the brass that I've encountered has been the lacquered kind, meaning that it has been polished up to a high, yellowish, glossy sheen. We have these kinds of polished knobs in our current kitchen and I really dislike them. They're dated and way too bright and shiny.
But unlacquered brass is a completely different story. It's warm and soft, rustic yet elegant. It's unusual and unexpected-- stainless steel or brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze are much more common--and I think it looks so sophisticated. I also appreciate that it can be either masculine and feminine (or both at once) depending on how it's used.
Unlacquered brass develops a patina over time, which might just be my favorite part. I love metals that change and age and grow old but retain their charm (sort of like silver, which I typically prefer tarnished as opposed to polished). And finally, unlacquered brass looks fantastic against white and ivory. Need I say more?
Here are some images I've collected that really inspire me. I can't wait for the day when I can incorporate this gorgeous metal into our home!
What do you think? Are you obsessed with this look as I am? I'd love to hear!