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This is yet another one of those homes where showing one room simply will not suffice, but we’ll start with the one that inspired us most… To say I love the home of Apparatus founders Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson could possibly be the understatement of the year. THIS is the room I love the […]

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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Sharyn, mine is just a similar shade – I have no idea what the exact color is that they’ve used on the walls here! Lighting in every home is so different, if you were interested in replicating this color I would suggest bringing a photo in to a professional and having them suggest a few samples to try on your walls!

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  4. dolores oconnell

    i saw things i could drool over……………….the wood , the bricks…………..delicious……….all my style…………just never thought it was around………….thankyou……………….doe


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I’ve had kitchens on the brain lately. Well – to be honest – I’ve had house renovations on the brain for months, but recently the stars have aligned in nudging us into the direction of a kitchen remodel, so naturally I’ve been hunting down inspiration. Which is when I stumbled on this gem: This kitchen as […]

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  1. Teresa McLeod

    I have seen this kitchen twice. I showed it to my husband and we discussed it. There are three elements that stand out. One: the layout: it’s a galley kitchen. They are the most efficient which is why they are used by commercial restaurants. So not all of us have this possibility, but good to recognize it. Second: there is something about black metal windows that make us swoon. Is it the heritage quality? or the contrast with everything else? I don’t know, but it’s there. Third, the light into the space. That’s definitely primal. Not too much, not too little, juuuust right.. That’s the key: humans like light, and smaller spaces (not too open). This is a wonderful kitchen.

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Moving in with someone always has it’s bumps – and, my friends, I’ve just discovered our first one. My man’s aversion to brass. *gasp*. Now, I’ll admit that he has a pretty open mind when it comes to designing and updating the house, and he’s starting to come around to the idea of my favorite […]

21 responses on “KITCHEN TREND :: BLACK VS. BRASS

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  2. Julie

    I couldn’t agree more! I recently toured a newly renovated home and the first thing that caught my eye in the kitchen was the matte black faucet. Intriguing, unique and glorious!

  3. Heather

    These matte black fixtures are hot and so is matte brass. As a designer I have found that brass is a hard sell to most dudes, including my man. We compromised with brass allowed upstairs and oil rubbed bronze or black downstairs. Good luck -Divide and conquer!

  4. Kristin

    I always thought black and white in combo looked very timeless and elegant – and you can definitely play up the look and feel with more modern fixtures and sleeker finishes. I absolutely love that kitchen – those windows!!!


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  6. Laura Dunn

    Although I hate to admit it. Sometimes its the collaboration between my husband and I that ends up with the best result. If I had it all my way we would have a peach bedroom instead it is a dark blue grey that looks amazing with my black and white obsession. It is hard for a head strong interior design girl like me to give someone else an opinion, but it’s worth it to have a space we both love. Best wishes to you on this big project!

  7. franki

    There WILL BE challenges….fortunately, this time, the matte black is cool (I’m a tarnished brass kinda gal so that didn’t come easily.) franki

  8. Megan

    You should look into Newport Brass. Their Matte Black finish can applied to all their faucets! Beautiful options and made in California too!

  9. Kevin | Thou Swell

    I was looking at hardware recently for a project and I didn’t even consider going with matte black, but this post has convinced me that its great looking and can go both modern and traditional!

  10. Elizabeth

    I would present him with divorce papers right away.. kidding! I love brass, however I admit the matte black looks amazing. If it starts looking a bit dull, how about covering the floor with patterned tiles in your favourite green? That way you’ll get close to the style that goes with brass and away from the farmhouse… 😀

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  12. Patricia

    Don’t know why I didn’t comment before, but the marble bathroom in your post is mine, and I have to say we haven’t regretted our black fixtures one second. We’ve had them for about a year now and they are a dream, it is my favorite room in the house. :)

    It does look great with some wood, we’ve opted for hardwood flooring and it works really well!


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pop color fruit art in the kitchen via martha stewartjpg

Lately, I’ve been drawn to the idea of bold color in the kitchen – specifically in primary tones of red, blue and yellow. But I’m not talking cabinets or wall paint – I’m talking vintage modern accessories mixed with farmhouse style. Think mod pop art, enamelware canisters, schoolhouse clocks and powder-coated industrial stools… In a super warm […]


  1. kate zucconi

    I definately agree with you that this is a great idea, by using accessories for that pop of colour!
    For me also full on colour for units and walls is too much!!

    I love the retro feel of your chioces. Updating with accessories means that if you get bored or decide to move on with a different look then it is much easier to update.


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industrial kitchen with light wood

i come from a restaurant family, so it’s no wonder that I’m drawn to a bit of a commercial style in my kitchen. After all, open shelving, plenty of stainless steel and a more ‘deconstructed’ feel isn’t anything new… But, how far is too far when taking this look into the home? The kitchen above just about […]


  1. Minna

    It’s so funny because whenever I see photos of such beautiful kitchens (mostly on pinterest), I always surprise myself at the really big variety of styles I’m drawn to. While at heart I love my classic kitchens with a more rustic feel, I also have seen some uber-modern, sleek and minimalistic kitchens I love. That last kitchen is just the right balance though- so gorgeous and can only dream of having something like that one day!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Caris

    I love the romantic, industrial inspired kitchen with patterned floors, as well as the rustic, traditional kitchen with the morning light flooding in!

  3. Serena

    I like the last kitchen with the glass door and the window with flowers or herbs beside because I’m into big romantic traditionally looking kitchens. Like you said, the light is very important when you cook and for me, also the possibility to get fresh air into the room very quickly is quite essential, especially when something goes wrong during cooking. 😉 I moved to Toronto a month ago and I want my new flat to be original so I’m thinking about trying vintage style. I found a list of some shops here last week and I’ve already visited some of them. They had some unique pieces even for the kitchen but I’m still not sure. What do you think about vintage kitchens? Is it a good idea? I would be thankful for any of your recommendation!

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