Metals in interior design have been used for centuries, at first out of necessity as far back as 4200 BC, when copper was used for tools and implements around the home. Brass was later discovered as an alloy of copper and zinc and came into popularity a bit later. From the Victorian era of the 1800s to the Mid Century Modern era of the '40s and ’60s, to the Maximalist style of the ’70s and ’90s, brass has popped in and out of gold interior design bringing luxury and function to millions of homes through the ages.
You’ve seen gold and brass popping up frequently the last few years in the interior design world, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Trends are shifting, as always, edging away from the white, airy farmhouse style to incorporate darker, moodier hues. Designers and consumers alike are enticed by cocoon-like ambiance filled with texture, warmth, and subtle nods to Mother Nature. Gold and brass are the perfect complements to the warm-toned, deeper colors on the horizon. Deep blues, greens, and even greys create the backdrop for warm woods such as walnut and metal finishes like hammered copper and brass.
If you can’t get on board with the bold statement of the darker moody colors, rest assured that warm-toned neutrals are just as prominent. Don’t want to jump in all the way? Keep your primary spaces lighter and let the moody hues dominate your secondary spaces, upping the coziness and allowing the dark and light shades to complement one another. But let’s get practical. How do you incorporate beautiful finishes like gold and brass into your existing interior design?
Light it up with Gold
Candace Mary Interiors does a fantastic job showing us how to pull that touch of brass into a room through lighting. Whether it’s a full-on chandelier, a bedside lamp, or a statement piece, brass or gold light fixtures are aesthetically pleasing and completely functional. (Pro design tip: Avoid clutter by integrating design and functionality.) Designer Micha Commeren said it best, "The function of design is letting design function."
Exposed Plumbing & Faucets in Brass
Speaking of letting design function, there is nothing more functional in gold interior design than the exposed brass plumbing in these tasteful installations by the talented Habitat Collective and Devol Kitchens. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens are all brought together beautifully with a touch of brass plumbing.
Bold Gold Shines in the Kitchen
The range hood has stealthily stolen the show when it comes to kitchen design and these custom range hoods by Stoll are no exception. Choose from a large selection of metal finishes and gorgeous designs to achieve the masterpiece your kitchen deserves.
You don’t have to keep the beauty indoors either. These exquisite hoods are designed to complement your outdoor living space as well with weatherproof finishes that stand the test of time. A custom hood is just the finishing touch your space needs!
Fireplaces: Brass is Back!
A classic way to bring gold interior design into your living space is with the traditional beauty of a custom fireplace enclosure by Stoll . Built to last a lifetime while adding style to any setting, these hand-crafted glass fireplace doors are available in many different styles to suit your individual aesthetic. If you are unsure about bringing gold to your fireplace, use Stoll’s Visualizer Tool to see what it will look like in your room before you buy it. Don’t have a fireplace, but you’d love to? Stoll has created a one-of-a-kind Build Out Kit, allowing you to bring a fireplace to any room of your home.
Gold Interior Design Decor
Last but certainly not least in gold interior design are mirrors and framed art. Two completely different aesthetics, one by Carmeon Hamiliton and the other by Restoration Hardware, yet both are pulled together with tastefully chosen brass framed mirrors and art. Brass and gold are bold; let them speak for themselves in your setting and watch them shine. (No pun intended.) In the words of Italian designer, Massimo Vignelli, "Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style."