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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Brass is Back (… And Here to Stay)

White Cape Cottage

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.

Brass is back, folks. Although it’s had a few rough patches (lookin at you, shiny yellow doorknobs), it’s been around forever and I’d argue that it’s one of the most classic metals.  It adds warmth to any space and looks great against practically every color and texture.  It’s been my metal of choice for 5 years and isn’t going anywhere!

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Image Links: Faucet | Knobs

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Brass comes in several different finishes, each with a different look.

  • Unlacquered brass has no finish and will patina over time (my favorite).
  • Polished brass has a shiny, bright finish and won’t patina.
  • Satin brass has a brushed finish.  It’s not shiny, so it won’t show fingerprints.
  • Antique brass has a brushed finish that’s made to appear old.  It’s darker than satin brass and usually has more brown tones.

Delta also makes a pretty brass finish called Champagne Bronze, which is like a cross between antique brass and satin brass. We’ve used it in client projects and have it in our own kitchen, too.

I don’t mind mixing different brass finishes from different brands.  The one rule of thumb I stick to is keeping the tone of the brass consistent throughout a space.  In our kitchen, we have shiny brass latches and a satin brass faucet, but the tone is the same so they work well together.

our brass PICKS

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite faucets, pot fillers, hardware and lighting below.  Keep scrolling to see our picks for the White Cape Cottage kitchen, too!

Faucet Links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 56 | 7 | 8

A well designed brass faucet can make such a statement in a kitchen.  We ordered #4 for the White Cape Cottage kitchen, have #3 in our kitchen at home, and have used #7 in a few past kitchen renovations (it’s a great deal). I’m also LOVING the unique handle detail in #6, and have #8 on my splurge list (can you blame me?).

HARDWARE Links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

We used #5 in our most recent Airbnb renovation — it’s almost an exact match to Delta’s Champagne Bronze finish (faucet #7 and pot filler #3 above).  For White Cape Cottage, we’re eyeing #6, #3 and #7. I sense a good brassy mix in our future.

LIGHTING Links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Ahh, brass lighting.  My favorite.  We’re installing three #4 flush mount lights down the center of the White Cape Cottage kitchen instead of recessed lighting and I’m so excited for them to arrive!  We also installed #3 in the bathroom (stay tuned for the reveal sooooon).

What do you think about brass? Are you a fan?

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  1. Lindsey says:

    Such a fan of brass! I wish this blog came out 2 months ago. We installed a Delta satin Brass faucet and pot filler last month in our kitchen renno and had a heck of a time finding hardware to match (especially since Covid had us looking exclusively online and we couldn’t see it in person). We ended up with the Atlas Bradbury line of pulls and they look so good! Perfect match!

  2. […] Brass faucet: We were so excited to find this well priced, sturdy brass faucet that makes the whole kitchen feel fancier.  It’s currently out of stock, but we found a very similar one by the same brand here. You can also check out our blog post from a few months ago where we linked a bunch of great brass finds by clicking here. […]

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

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