MY TOP TRENDS FOR 2016... #1: BRASS

Kitchen design in the early Noughties was all about chrome, then came a shift to gold and in 2014/15 the market was hammered with copper.  So it was only a matter of time before the trend for brass came to the fore.  If you're having visions of coal buckets and horse brasses then think again.  This is 21st century brass.  And it is bold, to say the least.

 

While I love the brass-clad island in the image above, and have no doubt that over time the patina would add to its charm, I think I would suffer from acute fingerprint anxiety resulting in obsessive buffing!

So if, like me, you're not quite ready to test your resolve in that way or just aren't brave enough to make such a statement, there are plenty of other ways you can add a touch of brass to your kitchen...

 
In a rustic style kitchen, brass faucets and handles add a contemporary touch. I love the combination of brass, wood and marble - classic but not showy.

In a rustic style kitchen, brass faucets and handles add a contemporary touch. I love the combination of brass, wood and marble - classic but not showy.

 
This industrial style lamp from Broste Copenhagen stands out against a neutral background.

This industrial style lamp from Broste Copenhagen stands out against a neutral background.

 
Grout doesn't have to be white! Make floors shine by adding some bling in between tiles.

Grout doesn't have to be white! Make floors shine by adding some bling in between tiles.

 
Clockwise from top left:  Cutlery, Broste Copenhagen   Black and brass bowls, Tom Dixon   'Isaac' chair, Graham & Green   Antique Lassi cup, Plümo

Clockwise from top left:  Cutlery, Broste Copenhagen   Black and brass bowls, Tom Dixon   'Isaac' chair, Graham & Green   Antique Lassi cup, Plümo