Brass lighting is back – but it’s not that shiny, lacquered fake-brass of the recent past. Traditional style is trending in interior design, as classic lines and updated colors combine in what designers love to call “New Trad”. Brass lighting and hardware that are left to age naturally develop a soft, rich patina that never goes out of style. This “living finish” gives interiors a grounded feeling, like a stylish hotel that’s been around for a hundred years:
Brass Lighting Warms Up A Gray Kitchen
After several years of interiors dominated by cool, gray tones, it’s not surprising that we’re gravitating to sunnier hues. Gold and brass are trending, and mustard is the hot new accent color. The low-key glimmer of brass adds understated glamour. Brass lighting, faucets and hardware add sparkle and warmth to our beloved white and gray.
A warm brass finish is the perfect foil for a cool, marble-based table lamp:
Orchard 24.5″ Metal/Marble LED Table Lamp, Brass Gold/White
Linear and modern, the clean lined design of this contemporary table lamp adds chic simplicity to any space. With a pull chain to illuminate the single bulb (LED compatible!), a matching finial, and marble disc base, the design checks all the boxes of a versatile modern accent. The style extends all the way to the plug with our silk wrapped cord.
Use Brass In Brushed Or Vintage Finishes
As long as it’s properly cared for, brass is extremely durable and can last a lifetime (or longer). Real, unsealed brass lighting will show fingerprints and oxidize over time to a darker color, unless it’s polished regularly. If you want consistent color and low maintenance, choose a brass-look finish instead of solid brass lighting. This wall sconce has a warm, golden hue and brushed surface, as if it’s aged just a bit:
Lucas 7.75″ Metal Shade Sconce, Brass Gold
This dynamic design features a metal cone shade that conceals the top half of the bulb — perfect for a polished industrial look. In a brushed brass finish, this sconce is perfectly at home on either side of a bathroom mirror or as extra lighting in kitchens, where your hardware truly shines. Also available in multi-light configurations, the geometric shape adds elegant interest to any space.
Aged brass finishes have their own charm – just like antique door knobs or old buildings, oxidized brass is nostalgic and familiar. With a darker brass finish and matte black, this modern task lamp has a vintage, mid-century vibe:
Loire 19.25″ Metal LED Task Lamp, Black/Brass Gold
With adjustable focus, this black and brass task lamp is the perfect desk companion whether completing a homework assignment or perusing the newspaper. The design is contemporary and minimalist, while remaining eye catching. The brass accents pair well with the rest of our Edison series, which registers the current trend of gold tone hardware and geometric shapes.
Black and deeper colors like charcoal, forest green, and navy make brass accents pop. A polished brass collar adds just the right amount of bling to this triple pendant light fixture:
Mosman 15″ 3-Light Metal LED Pendant, Black/Brass Gold
Cone shades with brass flutes hang in staggering heights in this three light pendant. Ideal in a foyer or over round table, the simplicity of the pendants is balanced with the visual interest of the trio’s grouping. The lengths of the drops are also adjustable, allowing you to create a semi-custom look depending on your ceiling height for an extra element of style.
Dark, Moody Kitchens Need Brass Lighting
Dark, moody rooms are another interior design trend that loves the metallic glow of brass. We love the low-lustre sparkle of brass handles and shelf hardware in this new English kitchen:
Dark, rich colors and brass accents have stood for quality and luxury ever since the first brasseries opened in Paris. Modern designers give this combination a fresh edge, adding brass hardware to high-end appliances. Look for brass door pulls and knobs to hit appliance showrooms near you – if they haven’t already! This handsome stove adds a touch of glamour to a kitchen, but the real drama comes from the amazing brass-surfaced backsplash:
Of course, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. We got tired of brass when every doorknob, light switch and chandelier was bright, shiny, and brassy. How should you use brass lighting in today’s home? Think of it as an accent, like jewelry. Just a touch can be enough, like the matte brass arms of this light fixture:
Alina 6-Light 28″ Brass Cluster Pendant Chandelier, Black/Brass
Featuring a brushed brass and flat back finish, this six-light chandelier is both neutral and decorative. With clear glass spheres, this chandelier is decorated carefully to evoke elegant detail. The spoke layout of the arms would be particularly well suited to above a round dining table or a contemporary kitchen island.