5 Ways to Accent Your Kitchen With Brass Details

Bright airy white kitchen with blue cabinets and brass hardware, and plants on the countertops

Instagram / Becki Owens

In addition to the Pantone Color of the Year, each year, there also tends to be a popular metal that makes its way into décor. For example, 2017 was undoubtedly the year of copper, witnessed through kitchen accents and utensils. The year before that, rose gold was all the rage, popularized in part with the release of the rose gold iPhone.

This year, as spaces continually return to their vintage roots and have become a bit more maximalist in response to the minimalist décor movement, it’s no surprise that the metal of the moment is shiny, glimmering brass.

In the 20th century, brass fixtures and details were in vogue. You may perhaps associate brass with your grandmother’s antique collection, pieces from another era that resided in a hutch. But today, brass is no longer old-fashioned and stuffy. In fact, in sleek finishes that shine, brass has become a material that looks distinctly right-now.

Although brass can be seen in spaces ranging from bathrooms to bedrooms, the material looks its best when it’s spotlighted in a kitchen, and pops, even more, when it’s set against all-white or neutral surroundings.

To incorporate the trend of brass fashion fixtures in your kitchen, you can weave it in through your appliancesfaucets and other décor choices. These designers and Instagrammers are displaying the trend beautifully, and you can capture these brass styles right in your kitchen.

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    Elevate Your Hardware

    Modern white kitchen with grey island, and a white/brass pendant light hanging above
    Sarah St. Amand Interior Design

    Any chic, well-appointed kitchen needs one key feature: good lighting. And placing pendant lights above a sink, island or bar is an effective way to do just that. These days, light fixtures are available in nearly every imaginable material or metal. To touch upon the brass trend, you can purchase fixtures that include gleaming, metallic detailing.

    Here, Sarah St. Amand Interior Design has included matching brass-detailed light fixtures in this kitchen. Featuring elegant, geometric patterning, the brass stands out amid white and gray hues, making themselves the center of attention. They also match perfectly with the brass cabinet pulls throughout.

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    Install a Brass Faucet

    All white kitchen with a brass faucet and brass hanging pendant light
    Fox Group Construction

    Faucets have recently gone beyond a basic need for baths and kitchens and have transformed into creative show pieces all their own. Showcasing unique shapes, stunning finishes and a wide variety of metal options, a faucet can be a surprising décor accent for your kitchen.

    These inventive faucets are particularly lovely in shades of brass, evidenced here through a kitchen crafted by Fox Group Construction. Presented in sophisticated curves that include vintage-style knobs, this brass faucet is especially eye-catching in a sea of white and marble. Plus, it pairs wonderfully with other hints of brass, like the nearby aged brass light fixture.

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    Include Bar Stools with Brass Details

    White kitchen with high ceilings and brass barstools at the white countertop
    Becki Owens

    Bar stools are a great way to add some personality to any kitchen. You can choose to incorporate barstools that work seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen décor, or you can purchase ones that represent a different style, creating striking juxtaposition in the space.

    These barstools, brought in by designer Becki Owens, can stand all on their own, and yet, they mesh nicely with the other details in the space. With legs in polished brass, they add a vintage feel to the kitchen while also looking fresh and new. The brass accents play well with the other metal elements in the kitchen—the brushed nickel light fixtures, and the brass pulls and faucet.

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    Purchase Appliances with Brass Accents

    White vintage stove and oven with brass accents and hardware

    @jerseyicecreamco / Instagram

    When it comes to today’s kitchen décor, homeowners can easily take liberties with their appliance choices like Tara Mangini & Percy Bright. Whether they choose bold colors, interesting features or throwback styles, appliances have become another facet in decorating a modern kitchen.

    For those who want to capture a vintage look in their kitchens, appliances with delightful, old-time accents are a must. Brass is an ideal way to do exactly that. It was once used frequently in kitchen devices, but today, there’s something so innovative about bringing a stove with bygone brass dials and details into a kitchen. This stove with its brass touches is a charming example of this. 

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    Spotlight a Brass Hood

    All white kitchen with a brass hood and statement lighting
    Fox Group Construction

    One last brass fixture that you can consider adding to your kitchen is a brass hood over your stove. Hoods, like other kitchen accouterments, have become highly-decorative in recent years, and this hood, installed by Fox Group Construction, is no exception. It brings a gilded, luxurious look to the kitchen, and partners exquisitely with the ornate brass chandelier overhead.

    While popular metals will come and go, centuries of use prove that brass is a metal that won’t truly go out of style anytime soon. You can ease your mind knowing that a kitchen with brass details is sure always to have a sense of timelessness.