I think I’ve been talking about this forever… It all started about five plus years ago, when I painted our then, single pendant light over the kitchen island, brass. I knew at that moment I had to have more of it in our kitchen – I wanted new brass hardware pulls, a brass faucet, and I also want brass trim detail added to our range hood – (which is still on my wish list). I’m even envisioning a stainless and brass two-toned hood for a really bold statement, although it may be a while for that one, if it even happens! For now, I am thrilled to share our new brass hardware pulls and kitchen faucet that have truly helped bring my vision to life, after all of these years.
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I admit – there was a time, about 15 years ago, when we built our previous home, that I shunned anything that remotely reflected warm metal of any kind. Cool metals were all the rage – even in jewelry and fashion – no gold or brass in sight! I even had my yellow gold engagement ring dipped in platinum when we got married 19 years ago…I wanted nothing to do with yellow gold of any kind. Then I slowly started to notice that warm brass and gold tones were slowly making a major comeback in all of my design and fashion magazines that I would pour through religiously. It’s common that trends take years to trickle down from high-end design to the masses, and this is no exception. I can honestly say I am beyond ecstatic that we have so many incredible choices at our fingertips today, and our new brass hardware pulls are so gorgeous, I’m thrilled to finally reveal them!
Looking back, I regret not having put more effort into finding brass fixtures and hardware at the time we designed this kitchen. There really wasn’t even that option available to the mass market, unless it was your standard, run-of-the-mill 80’s and 90’s brass that we all love so much…nope…not an inkling. I guess everything happens for a reason…
So, I went on to choose chrome finishes in this space – which I did love, and still think they are classic and timeless today – but there is something about that old-world feel of brass that speaks to me. And with all of the modern designs on the market now – there’s definitely no going back now! Let’s take the tour, and I’ll share all the details of our updated kitchen.Let’s talk about the gorgeous hardware pulls I found from Belwith-Keeler! These are called Studio II, in Satin Brass. They have a beautiful brushed look, with a satin finish that’s luxurious and refined, and I love that they don’t show any fingerprints – one of my major pet peeves – read all about what my hubby, Neil, has to say about that, right here! Our previous chrome pulls, which I loved, are called Studio from Hickory Hardware, a division of Belwith-Keeler.They were sleek and modern, with a classic feel, and had a hefty visual weight, that I love. I knew I wanted our new hardware to look as similar as possible, and when I found these, I knew they were the perfect fit for our kitchen. They have that same visual quality and sleek lines, with the exception of a small curved corner detail that added just the right amount of European elegance that I love. That small corer detail also happens to echoe the shape of the toe kick on our cabinetry – what could be more perfect?They’re solid, just like our previous ones, and feel great in your hand when you hold them. Another favorite detail? The brass against the black island. It adds contrast and they stand out so much more than before.I’m also loving the warm metal against the cream tone of our perimeter cabinets. So darn gorgeous!!
We looked at many different options when making our decision – some were light and refined, some had feminine curves – I knew I wanted a look that was as close to our original pulls, but I also felt the need to explore options to be absolutely sure. You can see them all in the photo below – our original pulls are installed on the bottom drawer.
We couldn’t be happier with our choice, and I am so thrilled to finally have my brass vision come to life. It’s elegant, sophisticated, warm and welcoming, and adds even more classic, casual elegance to this space.
I designed our kitchen nine years ago, with a traditional, old-world-meets-modern feel, and a casual elegance that invites guests in to linger and hang around.These pulls complete that vision, and I could not be happier.
Of course, my vision would not be complete if it weren’t for our new brass faucet that I recently purchased as well. A little old-world charm with modern convenience – this was a small splurge that was well worth it.I love the color, which is called Champagne Bronze, it has a soft brass tone, and the brushed finish also has a soft, satin feel to it. Water marks wipe up very easily with a towel, which I love. No scrubbing necessary, which sometimes is the case with brushed finishes. It picks up on the brass detailing in our pendant light, which also has a vintage vibe, and they both compliment our white farm sink.
I especially love all the brass details in here, mixed in with my blue and white pieces. If you know me well by now, you know that it’s one of my favorite combinations. Something about the blue and brass is classic and oh so chic…
For the summer, I decided to keep our open shelves simple and minimal in color. Glass apothecary jars, cake stands and some simple white pieces, for a clean, uncluttered look that allows my blue and white pieces to stand out alongside my beautiful new kitchen hardware pulls.
Lastly, I LOVE the brass handles and how they pop off of the drawers flanking our stove. It makes a bold statement without being overdone, and finishes off this wall exactly how I had hoped.The cool, white backsplash and grey quartz counters add just the right amount of contrast to all of the warmth that’s happening over here on this wall. It’s taken a few years to get all of the brass details completed in our kitchen – and well, it’s still not quite complete. I really want to jazz up our range hood, or go seriously bold with a stainless and brass combo I was talking about earlier. What started out as painting a light fixture – which is now in our entryway (click here to see it), slowly transformed into what it is today. It took a few years, but it was worth it!
After painting our original pendant light, we added our candle sconces, updated our lighting and finally, our kitchen hardware pulls which truly have brought this space to another level. Even though brass is all the rage and everywhere you look, I know it is here for a very long time. I think it brings a sense of comfort to a room with it’s warm, nostalgic feel of another era.
And it truly fits into our kitchen as if it’s always been here.
Thank you again to Belwith-Keeler for partnering with me on this project with me, and for outfitting our kitchen with our new kitchen hardware! Tell me in the comments below what you think. If you’re new to CitrineLiving, and would like weekly updates, you can sign up for my newsletter here, or at the bottom of my post. Thank you for taking the time to tour our updated kitchen – I know this was a long one, but I think it was worth it! I hope you love it as much as we do, and maybe I’ve convinced you to jump onto the brass trend that I know is not leaving any time soon – that’s if you haven’t already! xoxo