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The Kitchens of the Moment Have a Midas Touch

Bold and brassy.

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Don’t let that cabinet full of soup cans or a sink full of dishes fool you; your kitchen absolutely can be a place for glamour, and one of our favorite trends makes it easier than ever. Brass sheeting—yes, the industrial material that comes in giant rolls—transforms kitchen cabinets, islands, and backsplashes into shiny, dramatic focal points that might just convince you to meal prep for the whole week.

Just because you tend to stick to safe, timeless designs doesn’t mean you can’t make this look work for you. Think of brass as a new neutral. If you want it to be extra-impactful, opt for polished sheeting. If you’d prefer to keep things low-key, try brass with a rustic patina. Need more convincing? Keep reading.

The Gray and Gold

design by inbalance studio

A big splash of brass warms up a charcoal-toned kitchen by Inbalance Studio. With cabinets totally covered in metal sheeting, a neutral backsplash works best.

The Triple Threat

photo courtesy of nikole ramsay

If you’re a maximalist to your core, don’t feel like you need to rein it in. This space by Nikole Ramsay proves that it’s possible to go all out with your cabinets, backsplash, and kitchen island. What makes it work? The darker backsplash breaks up the brass cupboards and pink waterfall countertop, and varied gradients throughout keep things from looking too blocky.

The All-Brass Everything

courtesy of @reformcph

Want to turn up the drama even more? Take a cue from Reform and try a monochromatic look: warm-toned walls, metal-covered cabinets, and unstained oak floors. Skip the wall art and the whole room will feel like an art installation.

The Golden Thread

photo courtesy of NAKED KITCHENS

Or there’s the subtle route: just swap your backsplash for brass sheets, like this room by Naked Kitchens. It not only elevates the super-simple blue cabinets, but complements the warm, peachy walls too.

The Antique Effect

photo by molly winters

OK, technically this brassy vanity is in a bathroom in this Austin home, but we think it would translate seamlessly to a kitchen, too. The metal’s subtle patina—plus that elegant hex tile—tones down the glam. See? You have no excuse but to go for the gold. 

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Rebecca Deczynski


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