Would you guys be upset if I changed the name of my blog to ‘The Chrome Petal? JK. For those of you who don’t get the reference when I started this blog 9 years ago it was called The Brass Petal because I loved both brass and flowers so much. Then I changed it to be more you know, branded (by the way www.emilyhenderson.com has always been taken). Anyways, I loved brass a lot and I while that love is not gone, NO, we are seeing Chrome come back and we aren’t shocked. We love gray and chrome is just a gray metal. For the record good chrome was never gone (see below for reference), but I think that the 90’s may have chromed us out (in reaction to the 80’s shiny brass surely).
So, let’s talk about where we are seeing it and how we are going to use it.
Chrome lighting in the kitchen and bathroom areas is something that will never go out of style (nor has it, just like those chokers I keep trying to rock). Yes, it may have taken a back seat to the brass surge of the 2000’s and 2010’s but there will always be a place for any sort of silver metal in these rooms. The color is classic and traditional and it is something the general public will never tire of. But, we are starting to see chrome bleed more and more into other styles of lighting (table and floor lamps) like in the below pic of Orlando’s old living room.
For the last little while just about every table and floor lamp was made in every metal except for chrome, which meant you had to search vintage to get something good, but chrome is coming back mainstream and in such a good way in the lighting category. We just finished styling out a makeover with Target’s new Project62 line and although yes it does have some brass in it, chrome is taking the lead and we were very into it and all the options that they had.
The key with chrome lighting is to balance it out with some warmer tones so that it doesn’t start feeling too cold or sterile. When you are choosing a shade (if it doesn’t already have one) you will want to keep it simple with white or black as anything else may play weird next to the chrome.
From side tables, to chairs, to coffee tables to everything in between we are seeing chrome pop up all over and we like it. While we may not endorse a full chrome chair, chrome furniture accents work very well in just about every style and room.
When used sparingly, like all metals, it can help to bring a reflective quality into a room and add another layer of subtle texture. In the below pic the chairs add just the right amount of metallic to the room without saying, “hey look at me and my shiny brassy gold legs” like they might if the legs of them had been in a brass tone. Brass was always so bossy.
Generally speaking chrome leans more modern where as brass can lean towards more regency or glam styles. It is not a steadfast rule, but if the legs of the chairs above were brass the room would definitely have a more regency vibe going on.
Chrome Accents and Accessories:
By a show of hands how many people have brass accents all of their house? This will include brass animals (old Emily loved these), brass bowls, brass abstract sculptures, brass bookends? I am sure quite a few of you rasied your hand on that one and while they aren’t out of style by any means, we love some of the chrome accessories that we have seen on the shelves lately which like we mentioned before are much more subtle in color and texture than their brass loud-mouthed brother.
I see you chrome penguin cocktail shaker, and I am very into you.
So, who else is into the chrome trend? Or who has been rocking their chrome for years all through the brass-capades of the 00’s? We will be pulling together some of our new favorite accessories and furniture in an upcoming roundup, but let us know if you have any questions on this one in the meantime. Until then, Brass better watch it’s back because Chrome is coming in hard.