Grey and Brass: Classic with a Twist of Modern

I’ve been doing the trade show circuit the last few weeks and have gone from one trade show recap to the next, so for today’s post I decided to take a break from all the overviews and recaps, and instead highlight a trend that I am head over heels in love with – the combination of grey and brass.

Long gone is the shiny brass of the 80s that we all have grown to despise(or at least I have).  Brass used in today’s hottest interiors have less of an edge than the lacquered brass of the past, and is finished in either a brushed or slightly worn, soft, glowing patina. When used with grey, it has a certain timeless quality to it, even in an ultra-modern design – case in point, brass with poured concrete.  Below are a few favorite images I came across to illustrate the beauty of grey paired with brass:

grey, antique brass, and wood
via VitaminE

Matte grey hexagon tile, brass fixtures, and a little bit of wood – classic.  And take notice of the retro light fixture with Edison bulb that is reflected in the mirror.  Retro yet very modern.

grey and antique brass
Sights from Maison et Objet via Vosges Paris

Brass mixed with charcoal grey and black with simple lines exudes sleek and sexy.

grey and antique brass
Photo Credit Gerardo Jaconelli. The Greenwich Hotel via All the Best Blog

A marble vanity accented with brass fittings and beautiful grayscale mosaic tile recalls a bygone era of understated elegance.  Take notice of the black window frames reflected in the mirror – beautiful! A great photographer really knows how to frame a shot.

grey and antique brass
Photo credit: Alice Gao | Athena Calderone’s apartment via refinery29

Limed oak floors and wood counter stools adds instant warmth to the clean, simple, and modern grey cabinetry framed in brass.

grey and antique brass
via Iain Claridge

Brass with poured concrete – need I say more?

grey and antique brass
via From the Mouse House
grey and antique brass
Sophie Burke Design

Grey shaker cabinets, brass fitings, and a Carrara marble backsplash – it doesn’t get any more classic than this!

Last but not least, here are a few fun ideas of how to incorporate grey and brass into your own home. I am currently on a major Moroccan kick, and the items I’ve chosen certainly reflect that.  I hope  you find them as interesting as I do!

Kohler Artist Edition - Caravan Persian via
Kohler Artist Edition vessel sink -Caravan™ Persia seen at KBIS 2014

I saw this Kohler Caravan™ Persia sink  last week at KBIS2014.  The intricate ethnic motif paired with the clean lines of the faucet is absolutely stunning, don’t you think? I am currently trying to justify how to put this into my own bath because I love it THAT much! Oh the things I could do with a pair of these sinks…

Philip Jeffries copper on elephant manila hemp via
Philip Jeffries copper on elephant manila hemp wall covering

Ok, the Philip Jeffries hemp wall covering isn’t exactly brass – it’s copper, but beautiful nonetheless.  And with today’s mixing and matching of metals, who’s paying attention?  I am not a rule follower, and as long as it looks good, which it does, I’m game.

aquaria mosaic in thassos and carrara by Ann Sacks
Aquaria Mosaic in Thassos and Carrara by Ann Sacks Tile

Ann Sacks Tile has produced another winner with Aquaria Mosaic from the Scribe Collection.  If you missed my last post on Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Eastern Promise collection for Ann Sacks Tile, have a look, because it too, would look great with brass.  But there is something about Aquaria Mosaic, and the delicate nature of the pattern that makes it look so fresh and new right now, yet it is subtle enough that it will remain fashionable for many years down the road.

Restart Firenze
Restart Firenze

This sink from Italian manufacturer Restart is another beauty and would look amazing paired with a La Cornue range, don’t you think? Sometimes the simple details or finishes make all the difference.

Bulbrite bulbs
40W and 60W half gold light bulbs from Bulbrite

For a little touch of glamour, a half gold light bulb would be a great addition to any grey and brass room. A great way to add a little “bling”!

Dwell Studio - grey and antique brass
Andre Side Table by Dwell Studio

Brass with grey shagreen is always a great way to add texture and a little bit of luxury to a space.

antique brass from Kohler's Purist Collection via
The Kohler Purist® Collection see at KBIS 2014

With a wide array of fixtures and accessories for the bath, the Purist® Collection from Kohler is a great way to bring the understated glamour of gold and brass tones into the home.

Encaustic tile from via
Encaustic tile from Le Mosaïste see at KBIS 2014

As you may know, patchwork tile has been on my radar for quite some time, so when I came across this encaustic tile from Le Mosaïste at KBIS 2014, I knew that if I were to use it in a space, I would mix and match the tiles to make for a fun, inviting, and whimsical space, and the addition of brass would add just the right amount of sophistication to mix things up.

Cheers and have a wonderful President’s Day weekend!

Jeanne K Chung



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