Brass is back
November 1, 2014 - table lamp
Rebecca and William Phalen felt their grave dining room indispensable a uninformed demeanour – and small sparkle.
For assistance and ideas, a Phalens incited to Joann Kandrac, engineer and co-owner of Kandrac Kole Interior Designs. The integrate had formerly worked with their organisation on several incomparable projects in their East Cobb home.
The new pattern had to incorporate a dining room list and, some-more importantly, a gold-framed oil portrayal of a mire on St. Simons Island, where William grew up.
While a new rug, accessories and art (some reframed in brass) warmed adult a normal space, a contemporary and curvy coronet candelabrum adds some gleam and glamour.
“The bullion support was a impulse and pivotal reason we incorporated coronet into a room,” pronounced Kandrac. “The tie is a favorite of mine, and we was so vehement when we had a event to put it into a client’s home.”
The Phalens are anxious with their “new” dining room, generally a 10-light Ringmaster Chandelier by Atlanta-based Currey Co.
“It adds a wow cause to a room,” pronounced Rebecca, an profession and mom of 3 children, ages six, 8 and 10. “But a whole room is now some-more inviting.”
If we haven’t noticed, coronet is back. No, not that glossy lacquered coronet of a 1980s and early 1990s.
If we inaugurated to get absolved of your aged glossy coronet fixtures, faucets and cupboard knobs, don’t fret, pronounced Kandrac. The new coronet doesn’t demeanour like a old.
“The coronet being used now has a some-more muted, matte and weathered finish,” pronounced Kandrac. “The metals in today’s coronet will age and turn some-more appealing over time, though a high shine.”
As a comfortable and undying metal, coronet is not usually being used in lighting, it has re-emerged in other areas of interior design, trimming from bath and kitchen fixtures to seat and musical accessories.
If we are heedful though wish to incorporate some-more coronet via your home, cruise these tips from Kandrac, Amy Wikman of Atlanta-based Bjork Studio, houzz.com and a National Kitchen and Bath Association, a trade group.
Where to use brass
Kitchen: Brass accents supplement worldly regard and mostly a cocktail of tone to a kitchen. Make a matter with a operation hood or supplement a golden hold of coronet magnificence on a faucet, backsplash or island. The French manufacturer La Cornue offers a made-to-order Chateau array of ranges with brushed coronet trim (or immaculate steel).
Bathroom: Brass fixtures and hardware are not usually relegated to a kitchen, they also make a confidant pattern matter in a in a lavatory décor no matter what your style.
“For several years, we were selecting kitchen and bath hardware in oil burnished bronze, immaculate steel and satin nickel” pronounced Kandrac. “Those finishes are now solemnly being transposed with a “polished” nickel and brass.”
Lighting. Brass can demeanour retro and contemporary on a chandelier, sconce, pendant, list flare or light switch. The regard of this steel creates it befitting for pieces that illuminate.
“As distant as light fixtures and lamps, a satin nickel is still used, though coronet is entrance into play with clients who are a bit some-more pattern savvy and who demeanour by preserve magazines like Veranda, Elle Decor and House Beautiful and see it being used all over.
Furniture: Brass, in warmer, softer finishes, has done a clever quip in home furnishings and accessories. Evidence of a coronet reconstruction can be seen in collections by Bernhardt (a four-poster bed and dresser), Jonathan Adler (dining and side tables with coronet bases and legs) and British engineer Tom Dixon (lighting).
But coronet is also entering a mainstream. It is featured in catalogs and stores, such as Crate Barrel, West Elm and Restoration Hardware. And there is some-more to come.
Recently, Wikman, owners and engineer of Atlanta-based Bjork Studio, was approached by engineer Brian Patrick Flynn about creation some tradition seat for one of his Buckhead clients. In further to collaborating on a vast double-sided sofa, Wikman was shown images of selected pivot chairs with a coronet base.
“We’ve been doing seat with coronet or coronet accents for several years now, though it is now deliberate a prohibited trend, pronounced Wikman. “In fact, in one of a final full residence pattern projects we did about 7 years ago, we used many coronet lighting and plumbing fixtures and coronet hardware. It was some-more formidable to find during that time than today.”
Wikman is now operative on a special chair for another internal engineer that she helped design. It is also a pivot chair with a coronet base, though this one will have a beautiful coronet filigree “skirt,” that brings to mind a filigree valuables by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany Co.
“Someone who saw a coronet related filigree called it “Liquid Brass,” pronounced Wikman. “I like that description, as it is a really sexy material.”
Other: For coronet accents that need reduction of a commitment, try coronet trim or list legs on a night mount or table; lift handles on drawers; and shelf brackets teamed with healthy wood.
Tips for incorporating coronet into your home design:
• Mixing coronet with black or bronze is ideal and an easier transition.
• If we do have a lot of a “shiny” coronet and can’t means to reinstate everything, brew in some discriminating chrome.
• Brass can give a room a some-more “formal” demeanour so use it in accents in your master bath and dining room.
• Replace kitchen cupboard knobs and pulls. “I’ve seen many kitchens with a immaculate steel faucet and penetrate with some coronet hardware and churned steel pendants thrown in to tie it all together.
• Add accessories: design frames, bullion fabrics, mirrors, blind hardware, trays, candle holders, cocktail tables, side or martini tables, bowls, vases, boxes, sculptures and bookends.
Source: Joann Kandrac of Kandrac Kole Interior Designs, Inc.