BRASSED OFF: BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN IDEAS

Give your kitchen a gilded edge...

The trend for brass, in kitchen (and bathroom) design shows no sign of slowing down and there are myriad ways to introduce this warm metal into your cooking zone and turn it from functional to fabulous.

Bert & May’s beautiful selection of brass kitchens are lustrous and hardwearing, as brass not only looks beautiful, it’s highly resistant to heat and corrosion, so is a great choice for practical reasons as much as its aesthetic value. In this vein, a classic range cooker with brass trims will embody heritage elegance and a professional edge.

If you’ve a fear of commitment (the average kitchen lasts for 20 years) or just want an easy refresh, there are a host of less permanent ‘accent’ options on offer that will keep your kitchen on-trend, while providing the flexibility to update without the expense (and waste) of a complete redesign.

Smart polished brass taps teamed with marble worktops will take low-cost units from budget to beautiful, while vintage or industrial-style brassware will infuse sleek cabinetry with character and warmth.

Dark blue cabinets with brass door and drawer handles are the combo du jour in kitchens right now and there’s no denying this look has stand-out style. Painted timber cabinetry also offers longevity as it has the added advantage of a repaint if you fancy a new look further down the line and handles can be easily replaced should you decide on a decidedly different revamp.

That said, the wonderful thing about un-lacquered brass on taps and handles is the beautiful patina it acquires over time, which means it will evolve and take on a new look throughout your kitchen’s life span. It also has enduring style, so is unlikely to date for many years.

Two or three simple brass ceiling lights in a row will introduce this warm tone. Or go for a spectacular pendant for the full-on glam factor..

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