Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Decor Tips: Use Brass to Brighten Your Rooms Up

Brass is currently experiencing a resurgence as home decor. The popularity of the metal’s usage has resulted in applications as varied as curtain rods made out of polished brass tube, mirrors lined with flat strips of brass, ornamented doorknobs, and door handles. Even bathrooms can get their own brass makeovers, since plain grey handles, faucets, pipes, and mirror frames can be given a brilliant sheen.

Characteristics of the alloy

Brass is not a recent innovation or discovery. In use by various civilizations around the world since the 5
th millennium BC, the metal has a bright gold pigment that can be rolled, bended, thinned, and sliced easily into various shapes and sizes. It has a low melting point, and therefore higher malleability than bronze and zinc.

It’s very easy to shape and cast, whether one needs a refined brass square tube, a nut and bolt, a fitting for a home ornament, or any other component; the versatility of the metal is such that it can be used for almost anything. It is also non-ferromagnetic, which means that brass cannot attract other metals and is fully recyclable.

Trendy and in vogue

Nowadays, brass is deemed to be a classic and timeless ornamental piece. However, while previous eras have placed a premium on shiny and lacquered metal, today’s décor designers aim for an aged look that imparts regality and a sense of deep time, a quality that is only achievable by the unique sheen of brass.

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