It makes me to happy to see brass so available in shops all over. What was once considered outdated offensive, you now see in kitchens and bathrooms making major statements. Like the rose gold trend and the marble trend, I'm happy to see retailers embracing this mixture of elements that is oh, so dear to me. (clearly.)
It's good to know however, that there is a major difference between good brass and bad brass. You may be thinking "brass is brass, right?" But no, not all brass is created equal.
To get the most out of both your look and your money, there are some things to look out for when shopping for the best brass. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean you'll be spending more for the better brass but you should be able to spot the difference between beautiful brass and a faux, thin painted mess of "brass" that'll be peeling as soon as you get it home.
Here's what you should be looking out for:
Bad Brass has yellow undertone. It's bright, and really has too much pigment to be reflective of real brass.
Good Brass shows varying rich amber undertones. It may be a bit deeper or softer depending where it is seen, but it if never yellow.
Bad Brass is uniform in color, without variation or interest.
Good Brass displays a range of colors and texture that is unmatchable and no one section is like another
Bad Brass is either too shiny - almost like plastic, or too flat. The thin-faux brass coasting is detectible to the point where it could be easily peeled off.
Good Brass - like goldilocks (no pun intended) is not to shiny and not too flat. Even dull, matte, unpolished good brass has great dimension.