Sunday, February 12, 2012

IDS12 kitchen inspiration: Grey & brushed brass

Bloomsbury Kitchens had the most beautiful kitchen on display at IDS12:

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The cabinetry itself was gorgeous, but it was the combination of the grey cabinets with the brushed brass vent hood, hardware, and faucet that really grabbed my attention.


How’s this for an ultra-glam way fridge? Yep, that’s what’s behind those mirrored doors!


The chandelier was an absolute show-stopper for me.


Brushed brass has been making a big comeback in the design world. It’s not a show-off like the “look at me” polished brass of the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s subdued, it’s warm, it’s rich, and it’s got a whole different vibe than the stainless steel and brushed silver metals that have been popular for the last 10 years. I think grey and brass are the perfect recipe for some kitchen inspiration. Here are a few more examples why…

Steel trimmed cabinets, grey island, brass accents on stools

Grey cabinets with brass hardware

Grey cabinets with brass hardware

Love the grey & brass island and the steel trimmed doors & drawersImages via 1. Decorpad (designer Mick de Giulio | 2. Google images | 3. Belclaire House | 4. Garden Web

How do you feel about the resurgence of brass in the kitchen? Do you like it with grey cabinets, or is there another brass & cabinet combination that you prefer?

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  1. What a gorgeous color combo! Never would have thought!!

    Thanks for stopping by the other day and for all your sweet wishes!! So good to stop by and catch up!

  2. What an amazing kitchen, and that fridge!!! I love that combo Kelly but an even more favourite combo is brass and black - that is droolicious!

  3. Gorgeous combo, I love it and am happy for the resurgence! Those barstools are to die for!

  4. What a kitchen - I am sure I could be a marvellous cook in that environment !!

  5. Dear Kelly,
    Beautiful kitchens ! I do love the combination of grey painted kitchen cabinets with the brushed brass.The more I see grey painted kitchens, the more I like them. And I do love the grey cooker on the last image!!
    Wonderful post!

  6. I still have and decorate with the warmer colored metals. Antique brass or brushed brass is my favourite as opposed to shiny. It mixes really well with bronzes and warmer Colour palettes, although it also looks spectacular with the grey kitchens you've shown. I think it's here to stay....perhaps never left the room?

  7. I've not been a huge fan of brass in the past, but am coming around to it, especially with this color combo. Love just the hints of brass with the gray. Thanks!

  8. I LOVE it. I was so sick of brushed nickel after so many long years of popularity. I totally agree though that the brushed version is beautiful while the 80's shiny version is not at all.

  9. Ahhh... a Brian Gluckstein kitchen... what's NOT to love! The brushed brass is truely lovely. I much prefer it to the shiny brass we all remember from the 80s! Having said that, shiny brass looks terrific in traditional settings. Take the darker grey kitchen (butler's pantry?) you've shared above - hinges, pulls, handles, faucet and sink... it's like it's been there since forever! This kind of shiny brass IS NOT 80s brass!! It speaks of history :-)

  10. I used to be a strong anti-gold person...especially with jewelry. Never liked the look of gold jewelry, always wore silver. I think it was in response to all the icky gold that was big in the 80s.

    When I first started designing interiors, I still avoided gold like the plague. But, over the last 5 years, I've embraced it...and now, even (personally) prefer it to cooler silvery metals. I think what's great about mixing the gold metals with grey hues is that it warms up the overall temperature of the design. Silver metals with grey hues can get very cold. Gold metals allow us to create a warmer look. And since greys are so popular now, we are embracing gold hues more and search of a cozier, home-ier feel.

    Bottom line with metals, though - there's a time, place and design style for all of them. Best not glorify or demonize any single finish, but use the appropriate finishes to create a desired look and feel in a space.

  11. Love the idea of a grey kitchen and I think brass can work! I'm coming around to it after the brass overload in the 80's!

  12. The kitchen is gorgeous and I love the brushed brass vent hood. Not sure about have a fridge with mirrored doors on it although I guess it would be a great deterrent for those who are dieting. Who needs a scale when you are staring at yourself whenever you go to reach for something to eat :)

  13. I think it's beautiful and warm. I love the cool/warm mix. So happy that this time around the brass and gold is muted and soft, unless the shiny cold ones of the 80s.

  14. That chandelier... oh my!!! But that mirrored fridge!!! Oh my heart be still!!!!

  15. You do realize the kitchen was designed, built and installed by Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry not Brian Gluckstein? Please make that correction
    Thank you

  16. Does anyone know who manufactured the faucet? Love this kitchen, great post Jax.


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