Brass has always been a popular decor for many houses, though people’s changing tastes have somewhat left it behind. However, brass items from the 70s are making a comeback in the interior design department, due in no small part to its gifts of elegance, luxury, and sophistication to living spaces.
Qualities of brass
Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc, and greatly resembles gold in appearance (metallic yellow). This may be one of the reasons why the metal is used to turn an otherwise simple home into an elegant one. Some of the common uses of brass are for musical instruments, utensils, and ornaments.
The properties of brass products play an important role in its comeback in the interior design department. Aside from its decorative features, brass items have low melting points; this characteristic makes it easier for manufacturers to mold certain pieces. Additionally, it requires low friction in order to keep items such as doorknobs and locks in motion, and is corrosion-resistant when used with aluminum.
In terms of maintenance, regular cleaning of brass decorations has an effect on the quality and overall aesthetics of a room. As with any other metal, dulling is inevitable in brass or other copper-based parts; thus, brass items should be stored in areas with low humidity to avoid dirt and tarnish. Homeowners must keep in mind to properly polish and maintain brass items with a soft cloth, or through the help of professional cleaners.