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 Brass can add a splash of color and luxury and help modernize an outdated kitchen.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 (fergusonshowrooms.com ), left. SAVE: Royden single-hole ­pull-down kitchen faucet in polished brass  (signaturehardware.com ).


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


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


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


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


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


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