Brass and Copper Details in Design and Architecture

Brass and copper details in design and architecture are two very popular materials which are used for details in a number of designs. Interior designers know how to use brass or copper as a perfect way to accent other design elements. Though these materials don’t play as big a part as they once did in home design, they can give a very specific look that is hard to recreate using other materials. Brass and copper are sometimes very popular, other times slightly less popular, but metals like this are never really ‘out’ of fashion.

Historically, copper was used a lot in larger architecture rather than just being used for detailing. Of course, it is quite nice to look at! However, it was chosen more for the fact that it was really durable, not susceptible to the weather and was also pretty easy to mold into complicated shapes.

What details are usually made with brass or copper?

The details which commonly use these types of metals are handles. We’re very used to seeing a brass door handle or knocker. Historic items that make interesting talking points also include candlesticks and coasters, but there are a lot more items in the modern era which are available made out of copper or brass. Things like bins, shelves and even full shelving units can be made out of copper and they have something of an art-deco feel to them.

Other items we’ve seen made out of brass or copper, or materials which compliment brass and copper, include clocks, lamps and things like letter holders and stationary holders. Depending on which room you are decorating, you can find brass and copper items. In the modern age of manufacturing, there is more being produced than ever.

Are copper and brass expensive?

When we talk about copper and brass, we aren’t talking about solid metal necessarily. Brass and copper plating can be a good alternative. Solid brass specifically can be pretty expensive. However, the tones of brass and copper can be achieved without actually having to buy the metals specifically. Rosy metallic items may market themselves as being copper and brass designs due to their tone.

If money is not a huge concern then you can opt for some amazing Scandinavian brass items which look and feel fantastic, and are built to last many years.

What design styles use brass and copper details

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Brass and Copper stylings don’t have a specific school of decor or interior design attached to them, but you probably wouldn’t associate these with any ultramodern look. Any design which is trying to bring some warmth to the home can achieve this with a touch of brass or copper.

Brass and copper have such warmth that they can look incredible when used along with rich woods such as mahogany and oak furniture. A classic design would be a dining room with an oak table and chairs, which could be used alongside copper and brass details such as door handles, candlesticks, and even clocks or placemats.

Brass and copper are also known for going very well with marble. Naturally, if you are going for a more classic look, marble or marble effect sideboards or fireplaces can be complemented with these styles of metal details.

If you are brave enough for a darker design such as using black for your wallpapers or even for a feature wall, you can punctuate this by using brass features.

Alternatively, if you use brass and copper in bathrooms or kitchens it can give a really traditional look. Copper specifically being used in these rooms can give a historic look which looks great in older houses. Taps and sinks are yet another place for you to decide whether you want to use brass or copper finishes for an impressive look.

Conclusion

There is no denying that these metals have come back into fashion in a big way in recent years. Whether you want to add some funky fittings to a modern interior design or you have an older building that you want to accentuate with some genuine, warm copper and brass finishes then including one of these rosy metals can be a great way to make a statement with your design.

Columns for Luxurious Garden Design

It is no exaggeration to say that columns for luxurious Garden Design have been used in design and landscaping for thousands of years, since the ancient Greeks and Romans, and even before! Columns can give a classy, luxury look to your landscaping whether that’s your garden or elsewhere around your home.

It can be all-too-easy to assume that columns are too difficult to install within your own yard, but this isn’t necessarily true. In this article, we’re looking at columns and how they can help to create an amazing custom design that will make people take notice in your garden.

Why Use Columns?

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There are many reasons to use columns as part of your design. Some may be obvious, but others, you may not have thought of!

Columns can be a brilliant way to mark off areas of your garden. For instance, if you have an area such as a patio, surrounding it with columns can neatly round off the edges and make clear where one part of your garden starts and another ends.

The obvious benefit of a column is the fact that they look great. There is a very classy look to a column which makes it look rustic, and like it has been in place for decades or even longer!

Columns can be used in conjunction with other design features such as pergolas to allow you to hold up shaded areas. This way, columns can be put to use, too. They can also create a ‘gate’ area, showing you where walkthroughs are within a garden design. A column either side of a pathway, with shrubbery around it, can look wonderful.

Another benefit is the fact that columns provide a focal point in the garden and another area for things to grow. Vines and shrubs can grow up the column and create a more interesting setting for the greenery growing in your garden.

What Style of Columns to Use

There are numerous types of columns, and though they have historic names the terminology around columns is still used in the modern era.

A Tuscan column is a smooth shafted column which has become popular in modern homes as they’re very simple. Whereas other designs such as Greek Doric columns have carvings and ridges on the shaft, the Tuscan design is easy to make fit in with modern home designs.

For more of an ancient wow-factor, you could go for Corinthian columns. These are thick and designed to be lavish in their design. They have ornaments at the top with things like flowers carved into the design. Many government buildings and historically designed buildings in New York, Washington and elsewhere use these amazingly detailed columns. They may be more expensive, but they are a real statement piece.

Ionic columns are another option with an amazing history, but they’re still made today. They’re a little more slim and dainty than Doric or Ionic options and for this reason, are a little simpler to put in garden designs.

There are many wooden columns out there, too, and these might be a good option if you are looking for something cheaper and easier to install.

Plants to Choose

For plants and shrubs which will be suitable in the area of a column, you may want to opt for something that has a climbing design and will nicely compliment the height of a column. Climbing rose can give a classic look, a beautifully flowering climbing hydrangea may also be a good option. Wisteria and Honeysuckle can also look incredible if you can get them to grow up the column effectively.

Be careful, some plants such as Ivy can actually damage columns as their spikes can actually get into the structure. Avoid Trumpet Vine for exactly this reason, and make sure whatever you opt for is likely to compliment your column design rather than damage it over time.

Conclusion

Columns can give a really lavish look to your garden or backyard and create a focal point, as well as somewhere to grow any climbing plants that you may want. Your yard can look like an ancient Greek garden fit for the gods in no time at all if you make the right choices when installing columns.

Hi-Tech vs The Human-Touch

In an age where a car can now drive itself, some may feel that technology is passing them by, or worse yet–replacing them. Since super computers have enough advanced artificial intelligence to perform many human job-related tasks, this can beg the question of which career positions will still need to be filled with human shoes.
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As many have already seen, computers have already taken over many human’s jobs that involve redundancy and/or manufacturing.  But when it comes to architecture and design, art and creative endeavors in the workplace, humans are harder to replace.  The reason…creativity and innovation start with humans.  Artistic expression is fueled by passion and imagination–both human traits that have yet to be duplicated by a computer.  However, make no mistake–technology does have it’s placed in art.   Computers can be extremely beneficial and valuable to artists as tools that amplify inspiration and creative expression.  In fact, artistic talent is elevated to new levels and amazing results transpire on much grander scales when Hi-Tech tools are combined with a graceful human hand.   But machines can only add to the human-touch,  not replace it.
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This is evident in every custom architectural accent created by Realm of Design’s master artisans.  Realm of Design utilizes the most advanced hi-tech architecture and design tools including 3D scanners, 3D modeling, and a 5-axis Computer Numerical Control machine but it is their artistic vision and hand-sculpting of each piece that makes their architectural elements special and unique.  No computer can duplicate the workmanship and devotion that goes into Realm of Design’s pieces. So as we witness technology taking over more occupations, Realm of Design will stay dedicated to hand-crafting each piece they create with their divine human-touch.
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Realm of Design Voted Best of Houzz 2015!!

Realm of Design is honored and proud to announce that our fireplace designs and the architectural portfolio has been voted the Best of Houzz 2015 by the Houzz community.  Special thanks to everyone who voted for us.  We work hard every day to design and create the most beautiful architectural accents and pieces.  We also love what we do.  It makes all of us here at ROD  happy to know that our work is appreciated by so many.  Our Realm of Design team looks forward to creating many more artistic architectural designs for you to enjoy.
If you haven’t visited our HOUZZ page… click here.  Our designs include fireplace design, custom fireplace mantels, custom fireplace surrounds, kitchen range hoods and other unique architectural accents.

MAKEOVER YOUR MANTEL THIS NEW YEAR

If your fireplace mantel is in need of a makeover, start the new year by adding or remodeling a mantel. This home improvement project will not only give your fireplace a facelift but will freshen up the look of the entire room. Converting a boring fireplace into a beautiful feature also creates an upscale vibe within the home.

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The mantel design should compliment the style of the room but still reflect the owners personality and taste. This can be achieved by having the mantel custom designed or by selecting a pre-designed layout. Cast stone is an attractive and practical material to use to create a beautiful mantel because of its design versatility, texture and lightweight benefits.  To further enhance the beautiful feature and not only create a focal point but a bold statement piece– include a custom overmantel in the design.

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So if your home is in need of a new year’s remodeling project, start by revamping your fireplace with a remarkable mantel. Realm of Design is happy to work with you in order to create a beautiful mantel design that will not only reinvent your fireplace but will enhance your entire space.

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BACK IN BRASS

A home decoration trend that was hot this past year and is forecasted to stay strong for the new 2014 is the addition of brass accents. The use of brass in home decoration and design made a comeback in recent years but has really seen a steady climb in 2013 due to the the metal’s versatility and visual impact. The brass trend is a popular choice among designers and homeowners because the metal can be customized to accommodate any décor setting. Whether it’s a highly polished look to compliment a modern décor or a dulled antique finish to represent a warm, rustic, vintage feel, the brass trend looks like it is here to stay.

An additional benefit of incorporating brass is that it is one of the most durable and strong metals with a resistance to corrosion. These attributes make the metal even more desirable to be utilized in décor and architectural elements.

The beautiful earthly metal is ideal for kitchen & bathroom fixtures, fireplace surrounds, architectural accents and artistic sculptures. It is sure to add a timeless beauty to any space. So consider brass when doing your next renovation or decoration. Realm of design looks forward to creating the perfect brass accent to adorn your space.

CLASS-UP YOUR HOME WITH COLUMNS

Columns have come a long way from being solely utilized for structural supports. With the improvement of building and engineering, columns were able to be transitioned from necessary building blocks to decorative architectural accents.

 

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By today’s standards, decorative columns are considered a luxurious detail that adds style and beauty to any home. When the vertical design feature adorns a property’s front porch or entryway, it not only makes the exterior more visually appealing, but it creates greater curb appeal. In addition to the outside exterior of a property, architectural columns can also benefit and add splendor to a home’s interior. When positioned at a room’s entryway, the luxurious accents create an upscale classy room transition for an exquisite finishing touch that will enhance the beauty and richness of any space.

 

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Architectural columns can be customized by Realm of Design to reflect a homeowners taste. They can be simple and sleek or artistically ornate.  For those that wish to make their outdoor designing columns even more interesting, creatively garnish the pillars with foliage and/or greenery. The natural grace will create a charming ornamental focal point that is the perfect design enhancement for a posh patio or courtyard. Whether decorative architectural columns embellish a home’s exterior or interior, they are certain to present an elegant, sophisticated touch.

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CREATE A HOLIDAY KITCHEN

The holidays are such a joyous time to spend with family and friends. It’s that time of the year that we spend making our homes inviting and festive. But no matter where in your home the holiday celebration starts, undoubtedly, it will end up in your kitchen.  It’s referred to as a Holiday Kitchen.  The kitchen is not only the room where the holiday feast preparation begins, but it is where the conversations end as the left-overs are nibbled on while being wrapped up for guests to take home. And because the kitchen is already considered the heart of the home, as well as the most popular room during the holidays, it is the space given the most consideration and thought when it comes to renovating and accommodating guests.

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Considering the kitchen is the home’s center for entertaining, homeowners are opting to makeover their communal space to be functional yet fabulous explicitly for the Holidays. They are opting to impress their guests and work in stylish architectural showpieces within their hub, specifically to make the room more extraordinary and elegant– but still durable amid holiday entertaining. Some of these visually appealing architectural accents include a beautiful kitchen range hood, a custom backsplash and/or custom concrete counter-tops. Some home-owners further include the addition of custom columns and/or a dome that can be decoratively garnished if they really have a hankering to further a festive flair to their kitchen.

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So if you are looking to remodel a room and enjoy entertaining guests in your home, especially at holiday time, consider revamping your kitchen first. Because an upgraded classy kitchen will not only help create valuable long-lasting memories, but it will also create an increase in value to the property’s equity.

REINVENT YOUR KITCHEN WITH A BACKSPLASH

 

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or designing it from scratch, a kitchen backsplash should be included if you want to give the room style and character. The kitchen backsplash is no longer considered just a practical element that protects walls from splashes and spills, but rather an important style element that can revive your kitchen. And because the kitchen backsplash provides form and function, it has become an essential component when transforming a tired kitchen.

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The backsplash can be customized to be low-key and subtle, just enough to bring the room together. Or it can be elaborately designed, allowing for the accent to be the kitchen’s focal point. Whatever the design choice, the embellishment is certain to add taste and beauty to the room. However, the kitchen design trend seems to be leaning toward homeowners wanting to be unique and showcase their kitchen’s wall area with a distinctive attention-getting backsplash that makes a statement. By choosing to decorate with a creative, customized, kitchen backsplash, homeowners can present their individuality and personality in addition to amping up their kitchen’s aesthetic appeal. Not to mention, that by creating a focal point within the space consequently improves its visual appeal, which typically equates to a greater value of the home.

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When deciding on the backsplash material, the stone is always a popular choice because it is elegant and timeless. Realm of Design’s Eco-Friendly GreenStone may also be utilized within the kitchen’s accent for those wanting to be “Green.”. Realm of Design can help your kitchen reach its full potential by designing and creating an original customized kitchen backsplash that will not only reflect your personality and style but will reinvent your kitchen.

HOMEOWNERS PREFER HANDCRAFTED OVER HUMDRUM

 

When it comes to decorating this upcoming fall season, homeowners are preferring to adorn their homes with unique handcrafted architectural elements. These custom artisan pieces have been gaining popularity and trending this season among homeowners for a few reasons. Mainly because unique custom elements offer an exceptional personalized look. And home-owners are opting to be more original and express their individuality with their homes. Another reason hand-crafted home accents are gaining popularity is because the beauty and quality of these artistic pieces will not only compliment a room but tell a tale. The story of a piece and the inspiration behind its artistic direction brings meaning to the element/ home accent, subsequently, creating a work of art that is not only visually stunning but has the added bonus of being a great conversation piece.

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Decorative handcrafted architectural elements come in many forms, fireplace mantels, kitchen hoods, and crown molding– just to name a few; however, decorative wall-art pieces have been prevailing this season when it comes to home accents. This is probably because sculpted wall-art pieces, especially wall cartouches,  easily add instant panache and style.  Also, sculpted pieces are extraordinary for enhancing a room’s artistry –whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Stone, brass and recycled materials are all common materials for sculpted elements, however, artistic pieces that are manufactured with cast-stone material continue to be the ideal front-runner for wall accents because they are light-weight and can be easily hung on virtually any wall surface.

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So why decorate your home with boring, stock, run-of-the-mill home accents and elements? Instead, be unique and opt for artistic hand-crafted accents. At Realm of Design, each custom element is individually crafted by a master artisan whose work reflects the passion, historical inspiration and personal experience combined with the homeowner’s personality and taste. The artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each and every Realm of Design custom element truly sets their work apart from the rest shaping each hand-crafted accent into a bona fide work-of-art.

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