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House of Brass Discusses Which is Best: Antique or Polished Brass?
Nottingham based architectural fittings specialists House of Brass have been discussing the respective virtues of antique and polished brass, and which to choose in order to achieve the right finishing touches for certain types of property.
By: House of Brass
"Polished brass has been buffed and polished to a high shine and then lacquered so that it will stay that way. In a modern residence, it looks ultra-smart and pairs particularly beautifully with natural wood finishes," says one of their experts.
"However, if your home is older or you want to go for a period look or something more classically elegant, you'll probably prefer an antique finish for your brassware and fittings. Antique brass is darker and has what appears to be an aged patina, with much less shine. It looks as though it really is ancient brass that has worn over centuries."
In a period home, antique brass bathroom fittings - taps, toilet roll holders, light fittings, towel rails, and door and window hardware - all add to the desired effect. Antique brass also has a place in the kitchen with similar fittings such as kitchen taps as well as ceiling and wall hooks to hang pots and pans, and cabinet fittings such as hinges, handles, knobs and catches. "Even shelf brackets can come in antique brass," says House of Brass.
All around the period house are opportunities to add accents of antique brass. Curtain rails and finials, light fittings, stair rods, collections of old brass kettles and other ornaments in antique brass all bring echoes of a bygone era.
So brass clearly fits into a period style home environment. But does it have a place in the modern living space? House of Brass believes it does.
"The period style isn't everyone's cup of tea, but you can still use brass if you want your home to appear right up to the minute. It just needs to be sleek, shiny, polished brass.
"All the same opportunities are available in this finish, with perhaps an even greater range because polished brass is the choice for many homemakers. Team it with black, white or natural wood for a really dramatic effect, include it minimally in a bright colour palette, or use it to brighten up pastel shades."
House of Brass summarises by saying, "You just can't go wrong with brass: it's the classic that can enhance any home whether you like a traditional or a modern décor, really it's just about making your fixtures and fittings complement their surroundings."
House of Brass sells a range of antique and polished brass fixtures and fittings for the bathroom, kitchen and other rooms of the home both at their shop at 282-284 Huntingdon Street, Nottingham and online at http://www.houseofbrass.co.uk/
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