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The New Look of Brass

Celebrity designer, Linda Mazur offers a look at the evolution of brass and how to use it in the bathroom.

What’s hot in bathroom finishes?, believe it or not it’s brass. This is not the shiny yellow brass of decades past, but unlacquered brass that highlights a beautifully aged, slightly antiqued finish.  After making an impressive resurgence in popularity from their peak in the 90s, brass fixtures are among the hottest trends now in bathroom design with today’s styles showcasing a warmer more sophisticated vibe than  bold brass of decades past.

Unlacquered brass has an attractive look and feel all its own.  Its warm, less formal than polished nickel, less typical than chrome.  This unparalleled finish is organic, and is sometimes referred to as a “living finish”.  Due to the absence of the lacquer, this durable solid brass finish is allowed to naturally age over time and develop a beautiful patina of colour and texture unique only to itself.

As a designer, I find that this ever-evolving finish is beyond adaptable.   When designing bath spaces I find I’m drawn to the unlacquered brass finish for bathroom fittings and accessories. It offers sophistication, old world charm and yet modernism.  It can be used in an upscale setting, more rustic inspired spaces or if you’re creating a more bohemian vibe.

One of the hardest working elements to any bathroom are your faucets; they sustain a large amount of daily use and abuse.  As such, choosing the right one goes beyond simply looks.  You  should consider functionality,  durability. Look to ensure that the finish will last and look as beautiful as the day it was installed.  As obviously functional bathroom fittings and accessories are, they can also be considered the finishing touches or “jewellery” to your bathroom renovation.  Making the right selections can be the difference between a moderately successful bathroom design and renovation, or a truly remarkable one.

When looking for beautiful bathroom fittings and superior quality, one company that always delivers is Victoria + Albert.  Their impressively  designed faucets are made using traditional techniques with high quality materials.  Here you will find transitional styles that boasts a graceful combination of classical traditionalism with modern lines, to one of my personal favourites the Florin collection that captures the essence of the Art Deco aesthetic in a fresh new way you are sure to find a look to enhance your bathroom designs while perhaps entertaining their latest unlacquered brass as the finish.

The faucets and fittings are the “crown jewel” of any bathroom renovation.

Follow some of my important design tips:

  • Decide early on if you are wanting counter top mounted faucets or wall mounted faucets as critical to your plumbing rough-ins
  • Lavatory, bath and shower faucets and fittings do not necessarily need to match in style as many different looks can complement each other, however the closer the combination of styles the more pleasing the overall look
  • Do your research select the best quality faucets your budget permits to ensure longevity and durability


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