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Brass is back!

Updated 3:43 PM ET, Wed January 22, 2014
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Go bold. A wall clad in sheets of unlacquered, untreated brass laminate adds high drama to a living room. A complement to the forest green sofa and brass accents in this room, the partition will develop a rich patina over time. To achieve a similar effect on a smaller scale, try applying the sheeting to the back of a bookshelf or wet bar. eric piasecki/martha stewart living
No need for a gut renovation. Revitalize your kitchen with a fresh paint color and stylish new hardware. We updated all white cabinets with a coat of gray and a sprinkling of brass. Martha Stewart's tip: When it comes to architectural details, don't mix metals. eric piasecki/martha stewart living
Create a romantic, luxurious mood in a bathroom with just a few brass touches like this striking exposed tub filler, which combines old world elegance with modern craftsmanship. Since the minerals found in tap water can spot unlacquered brass, be sure to wipe away droplets with a soft cloth. eric piasecki/martha stewart living
Brass works well with so many furniture periods. Here, a vintage gilt edged Paul McCobb end table is paired with a contemporary brass lamp. eric piasecki/martha stewart living
Basic, utilitarian wire shelves get a glamorous makeover with brass plating. "What was once an inexpensive shelving unit is now a gorgeous heirloom," says Kevin Sharkey, executive director for decorating for Martha Stewart Living. "You can refinish any metal with brass, except for aluminum," says Jeff Higdon, owner of Victoria Plating, who custom-plated these shelves. eric piasecki/martha stewart living