Classic yet contemporary, understated yet striking, it is not surprising that the versatility of brass fittings is an enduring trend in kitchen design.
In essence, brass has the effect of elevating the overall aesthetic. It brings something more to the chosen colours, materials and textures that truly enhances them.
When it comes to the best colour choice to perfectly complement the warmth of brass, we can say categorically that shades of blues and greens are top of the list for our clients. There is something in this combination that just works.
We share some beautiful examples where brass is used with blue or green to create perfect harmony.
A welcoming, family space
With the kitchen below, the brief was very much about creating a light, open space that would work for every member of the family.
Plenty of work surface was a priority, so the spacious central island was built for cooking, eating, entertaining, relaxing – and homework! The steel grey ‘leather’ granite is inobtrusive yet perfectly complements the blue colour palette.
The upper split-level cabinetry is painted in Little Greene Paint Company’s ‘Juniper Ash’, which gives depth and subtlety and ties in the central island.
Farrow and Ball’s ‘Skylight’ finishes the lower bank of cabinets and floor to ceiling cabinetry opposite, to bounce light around and create interest and contrast.
The brass cup pulls, knobs and matching towel rail from Armac Martin are the perfect finishing touch.
A stunning loft-style kitchen
Creating a kitchen that would feel that it belonged in the expansive space of this warehouse style home was both challenging and rewarding.
The kitchen needed to be functional but beautiful – a space in which to live and entertain, as well as cook. The brief specified a kitchen that was distinctive, yet fitting for the spectacular space.
Minimalist slab door cabinetry is painted in ‘Anthracite Grey’, which has a warm, teal blue tone and sets off the natural materials of concrete, wood and quartz that complete the design.
Egger ‘Vulcano’ embossed feature doors further enhance the palette of greys.
The cabinetry is finished with Crofts & Assinder ‘Henley’ handles in antiqued, lacquered brass.
Realising a fresh, clear vision
For our client in a rural Kent location, their inspiration for their beautiful, light kitchen came from the natural view outside every window.
We were delighted to bring to life their specific brief that combined the fresh, green painted cabinetry with striking white quartz and natural wood, to perfectly reflect their home’s setting.
The soft grey/green tones of Farrow & Ball’s ‘Mizzle’ work beautifully with the freshness of the worktops, and the warm wood of the Egger ‘Tobacco Halifax Oak’ feature panels and parquet flooring.
Details such as mitred ends to the worktops give fine definition. The chosen material of Bloomstones ‘Calacatta Gold’ quartz features warm beige markings, which complement the Armac Martin ‘Sparkbrook’ bar handles in burnished satin brass.
A galley kitchen that packs a punch
We were delighted to bring to life the vibrant ideas of clients who had one of our handmade kitchens in their sights from their first visit to our showroom.
When designing a galley kitchen, balance is everything. Making the most of the space to ensure it is functional as well as beautiful, with plenty of storage and work space.
This bold design features ‘Parisien Blue’ gloss cabinetry, with steel ‘Gola’ handle-less trims. Steel grey ‘leathered’ granite worktops complement the deep blue of the cabinetry.
The pièce de résistance is the ‘Sunshine Yellow’ back-painted glass splashback. This bright, brassy yellow sets of the blue perfectly and creates a contemporary and individual edge to this kitchen.
The blue theme is continued with details such as ‘Alby Blue’ cabinet carcasses, which are set off perfectly by the warmth of oak shelves and drawers as shown in the spacious pantry cupboard.
Green and brass create sheer elegance
The refined aesthetic of this kitchen is achieved through the limited colour palette of Egger ‘Fir Green’ painted cabinetry, crisp white quartz countertops and warm oak flooring.
The clean lines of the central island and the floor to ceiling cabinetry give a calm and uncluttered feel. Simple design features, such as the mirror splashback, enhance the feeling of space.
What really pulls everything together are the Crofts & Assinder ‘Henley’ handles in brushed satin brass, along with the brass pendant lights, which seamlessly link the bank of cupboards with the social area created around the central island.
The balance of texture and tone
A strong feature colour was also chosen for the kitchen below by clients who wanted a timeless, practical design with contrasting textures – along with some personal twists.
The Shaker cabinetry is painted in the strong deep blue of Little Green Paint Company ‘Basalt (221)’. The strength of this colour contrasts beautifully with the simple, crisp white quartz countertops.
The textural aspects of the design, such as the parquet flooring and Egger ‘Tobacco Halifax Oak’ slab doors for the kitchen island, bring warmth and interest.
Armac Martin ‘Sparkbrook’ antiqued, satin lacquered brass bar handles are perfect with the blue paintwork, and tie in the personal touches of the statement lighting and bar stools.
Brass kitchen handles
Brass handles are available in a range of styles and finishes to complete your kitchen design. Choose from contemporary or classic styles to suit the character of your home.
The overall impression of your kitchen can be greatly enhanced with solid brass handles that look wonderful and feel very special to use.
Traditional cup pull handles endure in popularity and are often used in combination with a bun knob. The Cotswold range from Armac Martin is a classic style that works beautifully with Shaker style kitchens.
To create a statement, bar handles can really elevate a kitchen design. For example, the Henley collection from Crofts & Assinder includes a range of finishes to achieve the best possible complement to the cabinetry.
Brass kitchen taps
Brass kitchen taps have an elegance and an antique look and feel, but they are made using the most modern techniques and materials, so they will stand the test of time.
Finishing your sink with a brass tap is the perfect way to tie in cabinetry handles and other brass accents in the kitchen, such as lighting, seating and accessories.
When designing their new kitchen, many of our customers opt for a the Quooker tap, which provides the convenience of instant boiling, hot or cold water from a single tap.
Happily this innovative appliance is available in a range of finishes and looks the part in contemporary and traditional kitchens alike.
The Quooker Fusion in patinated brass finish was perfect for the kitchen below to create a warm tone to complement the cabinetry handles and statement brass light shade.
For kitchen design inspiration, come and visit our spacious and welcoming showroom .
If you would like to talk through a specific project, please call us on 01959 53 22 33 to book a design appointment.