MARBLE AND BRASS – how to mix elements to create something spectacular

Adding metallic details to your marble designs may seem over the top to some, but when it comes to marrying materials, such as marble and brass it creates a refined and sophisticated look.

Historically marble has been the natural choice used in luxurious architecture as a fundamental building component and as a result it is forever entrenched in our minds as being timeless, sophisticated and elegant.

Brass and metallic componentry adds a touch of opulence to any design at an affordable cost, because of its ability to complement and enhance modern interior designs, brass has resurfaced as an influencing trend in kitchen and bathrooms. The versatility of this piece is endless and when teamed with marble, it makes an incredible statement.

One of the main reasons why these two materials works so well when combined, is that they are opposites that just make visual sense when placed side by side. The brass offers a distinct stark contrast to the clean surface of marble and together they create a captivating design. The two also play off their natural charms, with the sparkle of the brass elevating the movements and veining of the marble.

Brass can be incorporated with marble in a variety of creative ways. For those who are nervous about committing whole heartedly into a hot trend. A subtle brass trim can be used as a threshold between two different floor materials like marble and oak planks. When used in this application, the main purpose of the brass is to marry the contrasting materials and assist with the flow from one surface to the other giving it an overall modern feel.

For worktop counters like kitchen topsand bathroom vanities, the combination of brass and marble can transform a clean, classic surface into a showpiece. From fine delicate inserts to bold statement strips, the interpretation of brass can change up a traditional design into a contemporary piece.

Below we have added a story board using brass and marble to show you how easy it is to achieve this look in a few simple steps.

Step 1:

Decide on the look and feel of the planned project. Should it be a bathroom, kitchen or study start with choosing your cabinetry colour and finish, keeping in mind that it could either compliment or contrast your flooring. Are you looking for a lighter wood or something darker with a matte finish perhaps? Next would be the styling of your doors and hardware finishes or if you choose to even have hardware.

Step 2:

Now that your colour, finish and design of your cupboards are sorted, it’s time to choose your surface for your countertop. Remember, paint and accessories can change over time and is a cost effective way to update a room but your floor and surface tops need to be well thought through and selected to ensure that it lends itself to a variety of colour palettes as both can be expensive additions to your home.

Pay attention to cabinetry wood tones, the tonality of the floor tile and the colour choice of paint when selecting your countertop. All these elements need to complement each other, even if the design concept calls for bold and contrasting shades.

You must first decide if you want your countertops to blend in, if so choose a counter colour from the same colour family as your other décor elements. Alternatively, you may decide that the countertop surface will be the focal point of the design and you can then select something contrasting in colour or a marble with bold movements and strong veining.

Always ask for samples or better yet, bring your cupboard sample, handles, floor tile and paint swatches along with you to ensure that you are able to see all the colours together when viewing the large slabs and making colour choices.

You must also decide what the edge of your countertop should be. Does the area and design call for elaborate Victorian profiles or a clean pencil edge for a modern look.

Please do remember that all natural stone needs to be sealed to protect the material from staining. For more information on sealing your natural stone, please click here.

Step 3:

Now to choose the best brass accent for your design. Will you make use of the handles on your cabinetry to bring in the metal, or add fine brass length inserts into your splash back or even thick strips as counter edging. More often the case, less is more! So my advice is to start with a touch of brass and add more as the design takes shape.

Step 4:

Gather all your samples together and you are most welcome to email me a quick snap shot to findit@continua.co.za for some design assistance.

Good luck and most importantly enjoy the process!

I hope I have inspired you to add some brass elements to your new home project, please let me know by leaving comments below😊

Karen

XOXO

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