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Zillow Real Estate

Get this look: Brass is back

comp:0000516e48bd:0000000338:6e2a 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"><p>Previously eschewed as dated, brass is making a strong resurgence in home design this year. But the trick, as with anything, is to strike a balance. Small touches of brass will make a room feel current, not straight out of the &#8217;80s.</p> <p>&#8220;Brass has an old-wealth, Hollywood-regency sense of glamour,&#8221; said <a href="http://vanessadeleon.com/">interior designer Vanessa DeLeon</a>. &#8220;And gold is a hot commodity. Why not infuse it into your space?&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_117201" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 430px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-guest-bedrooms-1891032535/"><img class=" wp-image-117201 " alt="master bedroom" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/master-bedroom-c008a2.jpg" width="420" height="614"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A brass mirror, frames and light fixtures blend well in this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/bedrooms/">master bedroom</a> designed by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Suzanne-Tucker-boards/">Tucker &amp; Marks</a>.</p></div> <h3>As an accent</h3> <p>The key with brass and gold in a room is moderation.</p> <div id="attachment_117195" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 584px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/unknowns-1867074352/"><img class=" wp-image-117195 " alt="A brass light fixture is a simple addition. " src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/brass-light-91d01f.jpg" width="574" height="382"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A brass light fixture is a simple addition to this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/TaliankoDesignGroup-boards/">Talianko Design Group</a> dining room.</p></div> <p>&#8220;You don&#8217;t want to use too much,&#8221; said DeLeon. &#8221;Do it in small amounts, small doses. You don&#8217;t have to put every piece of gold in the room because it&#8217;s in vogue. The overall aesthetic should infuse it in the room to make a statement.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Try brass in:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Smaller furniture items — DeLeon suggests a brass bar cart or a coffee table with brass legs.</li> <li>Vases, candle holders and other small accessories</li> <li>Picture frames or mirrors</li> <li></li> </ul> <p>If you want to make a bigger statement, try wallpaper with metal accents.</p> <div id="attachment_117200" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 420px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/unknowns-1952750157/"><img class=" wp-image-117200 " alt="gold wallpaper lamp" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/gold-wallpaper-lamp-76dbba.jpg" width="410" height="614"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A gold-printed wallpaper coordinates well with a brass lamp. Design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Vanessa-DeLeon-boards/">Vanessa DeLeon Associates</a>.</p></div> <p>&#8220;They&#8217;re doing such great things with metals — gold and brass wallpapers,&#8221; said DeLeon. &#8220;Just do it on a wall, behind a nook or behind the bed. I did a vinyl gold wallpaper on a ceiling. It was very unexpected, but it made the room.&#8221;</p> <h3>Metal mixing</h3> <p>If you live in a newer home, it&#8217;s likely most of your fixtures — in the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-kitchens/">kitchen</a> and <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-bathrooms/">bath</a> — are silver or chrome. But if you&#8217;re adding brass as an element, you don&#8217;t have to commit to changing everything out.</p> <div id="attachment_117198" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 420px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-entryways-1967848680/"><img class=" wp-image-117198 " alt="entryway deleon" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/entryway-deleon-8a359d.jpg" width="410" height="614"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Antique light fixtures add a mix of metals in this design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Vanessa-DeLeon-boards/">Vanessa DeLeon Associates</a>.</p></div> <p>&#8220;Mixing metals is pretty hot,&#8221; said DeLeon. &#8220;Even a combo of champagne, gold, silver — it&#8217;s pretty striking, and it has lasting power because you’re not putting in all one color.&#8221;</p> <p>The key in mixing metals is to find a commonality between the items you mix. Do an arrangement of photo frames — some brass, some gold, some silver, but each of the same style. Or, try an arrangement of candelabras, all in different metal tones but in the same shape.</p> <div id="attachment_117199" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 584px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-living-rooms-1955762042/"><img class=" wp-image-117199 " alt="The ceiling features a gold print, but the legs of the coffee table are silver. " src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/gold-on-the-ceiling-fd97f3.jpg" width="574" height="396"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The ceiling features a gold print, but the legs of the ottomans are silver. Design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Vanessa-DeLeon-boards/">Vanessa DeLeon Associates</a>.</p></div> <p>You can even mix in gold, silver and brass handles on doors or fixtures throughout a home.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s no longer all matchy-matchy,&#8221; said DeLeon.</p> <p><strong>Related: </strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-04-02/get-this-look-inviting-entryways/">Get This Look: Inviting Entryways</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-03-12/the-new-neutrals-infusing-bold-color-into-the-home/">Infuse Bold Color into the Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-01-09/trend-alert-emerald-green-the-color-for-2013/">Emerald Green is the Color for 2013</a></li> </ul> </div>
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