A Study in the Versatility of Brass Lighting, No Matter the Style

by Kelli Kehler

It’s safe to say that the resurgence of brass is definitely a trend in interior design, but it’s proving to be one that has longevity. The material’s versatility as a decor element is undeniable — brass can range in shades and intensity (some shiny, some more on the matte side), making it the perfect complement to myriad styles. From vintage to ultra-modern spaces, brass takes on a new personality based on the shape in which it’s executed.

Today we’re focusing on brass lighting, as it has a more timeless quality about it than plumbing fixtures. Since light fixtures can be an investment depending on size and era, if you’re wanting to try your hand at this popular yet trusted style, lighting is typically the safest bet. These 13 rooms showcasing brass light fixtures run the gamut of design style: vintage, eclectic, minimal or modern, they all wear brass lighting beautifully. —Kelli

Image above: In Cleveland, OH, a brass pendant light from Anthropologie is a fresh, eye-catching accessory in a room adorned with vintage wares and textiles. The warm tone of the metal ties in seamlessly with a traditionally vintage/retro color palette.


In this Oysterville, WA home, the brass pendant light above is the cherry on top of a room layered with sumptuous pattern and texture.


For this Arizona home designed on a dime, a luxe look is achieved by placing a brass table lamp in front of a matte black wall and antique artwork.  The warm metallic frame of the lamp pops off of the moody backdrop.


A striking and slightly quirky brass chandelier creates a dramatic ambiance in the dining room of this Dallas, TX home. The color of the fixture and the light it produces cast a warm glow over the space.


A multifaceted brass light draped in front of “Palm Jungle” wallpaper by Cole & Son is a rich feast for the eyes in Norway.


In Edinburgh, Scotland, a brass light sconce by Balineum is in perfect harmony with the bathroom’s opulent fish wallpaper and brass shower and tap fixtures.


A vintage online shop owner in Antelope, CA created a WOW moment by placing a sculptural brass floor lamp in front of a vibrant tiger fabric piece she found.


This dreamy moment in the Hasbrouck House bed & breakfast in New York’s Hudson Valley is the result of a stunning wallpaper that closely mimics the style and color palette of sconce lighting by Materia Designs.


In this Salt Lake City home of a jewelry designer, a brass lamp takes center stage in a minimally designed room with a moody paint color.


A dramatic brass table lamp hints at the rounded edges reflected in the rich wallpaper behind it, lending a glamorous, Hollywood Regency era vibe to this Brooklyn bedroom.


A vintage brass drum light is right at home in the dining room of couple Mary and Niki’s 1915 Craftsman house in Portland, OR. Its beautiful finish creates interest in the space, but its simple, streamlined shape doesn’t detract from the room’s original built-in cabinetry.


A landmarked brownstone home in Brooklyn’s Park Slope was given a new life, leaving the house re-energized with original details intact. Case in point: gorgeous, geometric brass pendant lights by Kelly Wearstler emerging from delicate ceiling medallions.


Brass light fixtures echo one another across the room in this Atlanta, GA home. The different shapes and styles of lighting create a separation of spaces in an open-concept room, but the shared brass material keeps the whole area feeling cohesive.

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