Precious Metal from Article By Melissa Ozawa

What was once considered, well, brassy is now something to covet and keep. From small moments to large statements, today’s brass is tasteful and elegant — with gorgeous patina to spare.

Go bold. A wall clad in sheets of unlacquered, untreated brass laminate adds high drama to a living room. A complement to the forest-green sofa and brass accents in this room, the partition will develop a rich patina over time. To achieve a similar effect on a smaller scale, try applying the sheeting to the back of a bookshelf or wet bar.










Raw brass laminate, by Chemetal, 2′ by 8′, $305,

Pask floor lamp, in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass, $625,

Hammered-brass plates, from $10 each,

Nevada linen pillows, in Charcoal and Khaki, $95 each,

Murphy sofa, in Vance/Emerald, $1,399,

Concord rug, 8’ by 10’, in Ash, $1,695,

Steel nesting tables, $595 for 2,

Kitchen Hardware

Brass is a stunning accent on wood and painted surfaces, such as these gray kitchen cabinets, opposite.



Here are some of our favorite brass door pulls — from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional.

Modern pull (#70760), $57,

Bedford Brass Awing Cup cabinet hardware pull, by Martha Stewart Living, 3″, $2,

Brass pull, by Charlotte Dubois, in Antique Bronze, $17,

Cabinet pull, by Merit Metal, 3½”, in Satin Brass, from $80,

Polished-brass pull, by Colonial Bronze, $14.50,

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