Gary Smith - Brandon MS Home Inspector

Brass Has No Class!

Photo by ShtterstockPolished Brass that is…

Jeeezzzz, I remember choosing this fixture for ALL my spec homes back in the 80’s and we didn’t think our homes were “cheap”!

According to Mary Umberger of Inman News in her post “Rooms for Improvement“, brass has no class when it comes to impressing buyers.

Mary says:

Don’t get Steve Somogyi wrong. He doesn’t hate all brass finishes — just the really shiny, yellow-toned stuff that he thinks screams “Cheap!” when homebuyers notice it in light fixtures, switch plates, doorknobs, etc. That brass tone was fashionable a couple of decades ago, but its day is done and it has to go if it’s in a house you’re trying to sell, according to Somogyi, a real estate agent and interior designer. In prepping a small house for the market recently, he switched out every single brass light fixture, switch plate, door hinge and knob for ones with an oil-rubbed bronze finish that’s a very dark brown.

Although he’s a fan of dark-toned finishes (and certain antique golds), Somogyi said the general homebuying public continues to accept the recently popular satin-nickel tones as being “up to date” — though he suspects an appetite is brewing for the next big color.

What do you think? You can still buy these fixtures! Would you ditch it…if so…what would you replace it with?

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6 Responses to “Brass Has No Class!”

  1. Reuben Saltzman December 19, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    I would put the brass fixtures in a laundry room or an attic. Just like these folks did.

    Different houses, same day. https://plus.google.com/b/111090094387971351569/photos/search/chandelier?cfem=1&pid=5858481336575036642&oid=111090094387971351569

    • Gary Smith December 19, 2013 at 5:30 am #

      Brass has certainly been taking a beating in popularity the last few years – that’s for sure. Sorta like the crazy greens and browns in shag carpeting of the 70’s …

      • Reuben Saltzman December 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

        It deserves to. It’s not a good look. I live in a 1998 built home, and one of the first things I did after moving in three years ago was to replace a big brass chandelier in the front entryway.

        • Gary Smith December 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

          What color light fixtures are popular in your location Reuben?

          • Reuben Saltzman December 21, 2013 at 5:40 am #

            Everything but brass 🙂 I prefer oil rubbed bronze, or something similar to that.

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