Bored with the same old stainless-steel and chrome fixtures? Brass can add a splash of color and luxury and help modernize an outdated kitchen.

“The resurgence of brass in home design is bringing a new level of warmth back to kitchens,” says kitchen designer Jennifer Howard of JWH Design & Cabinetry.

The soft, rich and sleek material can provide a subtle contrast of color with kitchen appliances, and it especially shines in all-white and neutral surroundings. “Mixing in a touch of brass is a great way to add visual interest while offsetting the cooler tones of stainless, whites and grays,” Howard adds.

Here are Howard’s top brass picks.

SPLURGE: East Linear pull-out spray kitchen faucet in satin brass ( ), left. SAVE: Royden single-hole ­pull-down kitchen faucet in polished brass  ( ).

SPLURGE: Alno Manhattan eight-inch bar pull in satin brass ( ), left. SAVE: Emtek geometric brass six-inch rectangular pull in satin brass  ( ).

SPLURGE: Hicks large pendant in bronze with antique brass ( ), left. SAVE: Hudson Valley Lambert aged-brass mini pendant  ( ).

SPLURGE: Pigeon & Poodle Winsford antique brass coaster set, set of six ( ), left. SAVE: Chilewich Dahlia coasters in brass, set of six ( )

SPLURGE: Amber agate tray ( ), left. SAVE: Marble and brass cheese board ( ).

SPLURGE: Kaikado canister 400G long ( ), left. SAVE: Tenfold New York brass container, cylindrical ( ).

SPLURGE: Lotus four-piece cheese knife set ( ), left. SAVE: Marble and brass cheese knives ( ).

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