House of Brass Discusses a Popular Interior Design Trend for 2016

Among design trends over recent years, one theme seems to be gathering momentum: a move away from cold and high shine metals for fixtures and fittings towards warmer metals. House of Brass has been taking a look at this recent trend.
Door knobs, lighting switches and fittings in brass are the latest trend.
Door knobs, lighting switches and fittings in brass are the latest trend.
NOTTINGHAM, U.K. - March 24, 2016 - PRLog -- Among the design trends over the last few years, one theme seems to be gathering momentum. This is for a move away from cold and high shine metals like chrome and gold for fixtures, fittings and accessories, and towards warmer metals. Brass, bronze and copper tones are now to be seen everywhere.

At the recent Surface Design Show in London, one of the most popular stands was showcasing metal coatings that can turn surfaces of all kinds into metal of various types. An intricate lace design against a plain background in an antique brass finish was the clear favourite. Many other stands displayed the hues of copper, bronze and brass on wall coverings, flooring and other surfaces.

To complement these, door knobs, lighting switches and fittings in brass are the obvious answer, either in an antique or polished finish. Bathrooms and kitchens also have many opportunities for homeowners to switch to brass fittings. Retailers are stocking more brass taps, towel rails and pipes as well as fixtures and fittings all around the house.

The trend began a couple of years ago when Peter Salick, Chief Executive of the new Waterworks store in London said, "People have wanted their homes to feel warmer and more relaxing given everything that's going on in the world outside. Brass is a soft colour with a sense of inherent quality. We have been seeing it more in hotels and restaurants - and when it comes to the fore in public places it ends up in more intimate spaces."

Victoria Redshaw, of trend forecasting business, Scarlet Opus, also said, "There has been a move away from the high shine, perfect finish of gold towards metals with a warmer aesthetic that have a pleasing patina. Brass is glamorous without being ostentatious and that is what feels more palatable for consumers right now." She and other trend forecasters predict a continuing move in the same direction in 2016, adding that mixing different types of metals in decorative room accessories will also become fashionable.

A House of Brass spokesperson has responded saying, "Brass also fulfils a requirement for sustainability as it is more durable than many other metals and will last and last, retaining its high quality feel. When it is time to freshen up the d├ęcor around the fittings, they will still team well with many colours and textures."

This year, according to Scarlet Opus, the most popular colours include greys and pastel corals and greens, as well as cobalt or indigo blues. Any of these can be paired with brass for a muted luxury effect. A black colour also goes well with the warmer metals and will be seen in kitchens with brass trims on black range cookers and matching appliances.

House of Brass sells a comprehensive range of traditional and contemporary brass fittings and accessories both at their shop at 282-284 Huntingdon Street, Nottingham and online at

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