Designer Tip of the Week: Brass Accessories

Time Several Hours

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WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on August 28, 2015

Thank God it’s Friday! This week’s designer tip is brought to you by Havenly’s designer, Priscilla Band Hofmann. Priscilla is an interior designer from Portsmouth, NH. She recently joined the Havenly design team, and loves designing eclectic, bohemian, modern, and classic spaces. She’s a lover of renovating old homes by hand, and restoring original architectural details. Here is Priscilla’s advice for decorating with brass accessories.


“Brass is back, baby! But like all things that have been around the block once before, we’re seeing differences in today’s brass accessories. Unlike the shiny metal of the past, unlacquered brass is popular for its rich, warm appearance. Look for vintage pieces from the 60s and 70s, at thrift stores and flea markets. To quickly age the look of unlacquered brass, soak items in hot water overnight.

My favorite use of brass accessories is to mix them liberally with wood furnishings, clean white lines for modernity, and hide rugs or leather for added texture. Don’t be afraid to add brass to spaces with other metals. If balanced appropriately, brass plays well with others.”

Happy decorating,


[Image courtesy of Nicole LaMotte]