Renovating With Brushed Brass

If you’re currently renovating, or about to renovate, you’ll know that there are so many things that need repairs or replacing.

And whilst the bedrooms and living spaces are quite straightforward, the Kitchen, Bathrooms and Laundry can be quite daunting.

Don’t stress, we’ve got some great tips for you, and we’ll also show you that renovating with brushed brass can transform your whole home.

We’re going to feature a recent renovation from one NZ’s best Reno & Styling Teams.  You’ll be amazed at the lengths this dynamic duo went to, to renovate this gorgeous cottage!

Renovator’s Delight

Renovating a run-down home may be someone’s worst nightmare, but it is a dream come true for the team from @ash_road_ in Auckland, NZ.

This dynamic duo have been renovating and styling for years, so for them, this was an easy choice.

Find an old timber home, pick it up on the back of a truck and place it in a beautiful suburb…then renovate it to bring it into 2019!

They have used Brushed Brass as the feature throughout the home, and we can’t wait to show you their stunning results featuring some of our beautiful products.

Heart of the Home

The kitchen is often referred to as the Heart of the Home.  So if you are thinking about renovating, or you have recently renovated, you’ll understand the amount of effort that goes into planning and designing this space.

It really is one of the most important rooms in the home, and @ash_road_ completely understands this concept, and used it to their advantage.  The freshly renovated kitchen in this home is flooded with natural light, and designed to enhance the existing space.

By using wall to wall cabinetry along one side, it gives the kitchen a sense of openness.  And white kitchens will never go out of fashion!  They can be styled in many ways over the years by changing out the cabinetry pulls and adding other styling elements.  Styling an all white kitchen can be as simple as adding a few on-trend pieces each year, along with some beautiful cookbooks, linens and fresh herbs.

Kitchens are one room in the home, that we all tend to spend alot of time in.  So you need it to not only be beautiful, but functional.  If you are renovating and you’re happy with the current layout or floorplan, then you may want to considercan simply revamp cabinetry, tiles, fixtures and appliances.  This can save you thousands by not having to move plumbing and electrical.  And if you have a limited amount of space and the current floorplan is functioning well, then don’t fix what isn’t broken.

The Fun Stuff

So once you have made all the big functional and style decisions, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty stuff.  Spashbacks or tiles are an important consideration in the kitchen, but you may want to choose your Kitchen Tapware and Sink first.  It’s much easier to then base the tiles or splashback colour around that.

Big Little Things

Last but not least, it’s time to think about your cabinetry handles and pulls.  They may seem quite insignificant in size, but they can have a big impact on the overall look of your kitchen.  But since it is 2019 and Brushed Brass has been a major influence, it was an easy choice to finish off this neutral kitchen.  By adding Brushed Brass cabinetry pulls to tie in with the kitchen mixer, it adds a touch of luxury, and is the finishing detail to this space.

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Calming Retreat

If kitchens sells houses, then bathrooms come a close second!  It’s generally the second of the big ticket items on most people’s wish list when they are looking at renovating, building or buying a home.

This bathroom needed to be gutted and renovated from scratch, which suited @ash_road_ just perfectly.  This allowed them to put their style and design knowledge to good use.  Incorporating a freestanding bathtub was on top of their ‘must-have’ list.  With good reason, it get’s chilly in the NZ winter, so a long soak in a hot bath is necessary some days!

Tile selection is another one of those things that has a massive effect on the overall look and feel of the bathroom.  There are a couple of decisions to be made in relation to tiles.  Are you tiling the floor and a skirt only, are you tiling floor to ceiling, are you considering a feature tile, will you choose large or small format tiles?

There are so many choices when it comes to tiles.  But to take the stress out of it, try breaking it down, to make the decision easier on yourself.  Try working through this process and see how you go:


Be very clear & realistic with your tile budget.  Also make sure you share your tile choices with your tiler early on, and get quotes for laying that particular tile.  Small format, mosaics and unique tiles will generally cost more to lay as they are more labour intensive.


This is where you can actually save some money believe it or not.  Many of the popular colours and sized tiles are sometimes less expensive, because they sell a lot of them.  So try and incorporate at least one beautiful, budget friendly tile, to offset any feature or luxury tiles you may also have your heart set on.


Something we don’t always consider when choosing tiles, is the after-care.  Try and make sure you don’t choose anything too textured or porous in the bathroom space.  Due to all the moisture and humidity, they can become difficult to clean and maintain.  And no-one wants to spend their weekend cleaning the bathroom for hours on end

Other than that, go out and get creative!  Try and get samples of the tiles you are considering.  Take them into the space along with any paint and tapware samples you may have.  This will give you a realistic view of how it will all look together.

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Spin Cycle

The laundry is one of those places in your home that you either love or loathe!  But this clever design team decided to make it a place to love…

We’ve all got to spend time doing laundry, so it makes sense to make this space as functional as possible.  But that doesn’t mean that you need to give up your style in there.  No way, if anything, this is a place where you can actually experiment a little!

Let’s face it, not many of your friends or guests are going to see the laundry, so why not take a walk on the wild side!  Try out that bold feature tile, go for a cabinetry colour that you haven’t tried before, or make a statement out of the laundry sink!  Have we convinced you yet??

It’s also one of the smaller wet spaces in the home, so things like materials and labour are usually alot less than say a main bathroom or kitchen. So it’s also a space where you can splurge on a few little luxuries if you have some money left over in the budget.

As mentioned earlier, grab those custom feature tiles, or a one of our stunning Brushed Brass Sinks!  There is absolutely no reason that you have to go with a traditional stainless steel or white look for your sink – get creative and go for it!

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Bells & Whistles

Okay, so you might be thinking that tapware, sinks and tiles are the main players in the bathroom design.  Well they are the big ticket items, but don’t forget about bathroom accessories.

They are the icing on the cake, the finishing touch to your bathroom space.  Step back and think about the overall look of the bathroom.  Try and include things that are functional and suit the style you are working with.

Also try and consider the placement of the accessories.  Take the towel rail for instance…There’s nothing worse than having to walk halfway across the bathroom just to grab your towel after taking a shower!  Make sure you have available wall space to mount the towel rail close to the shower cubicle.

Another small but significant accessories is a shower shelf.  One item that is a necessity in any shower, if you have not included a niche.  One benefit to having a shower shelf is that it is much easier to maintain, plus it also give you another opportunity to inject some colour and design into the space.

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The Final Rinse

Well that’s it folks…a beautifully executed renovation, showcasing our ABI Brushed Brass Range!

We hope that the team from @ash_road_ have given you some inspiration, and shown you how to incorporate brushed brass throughout your entire home.

If you love something that’s fresh and different, this may be the style you’ve been looking for, for you next renovation or build.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this gorgeous renovation, so make sure you leave us a comment, or tag us into your socials if you’ve recently used our products!

Happy Renovating 🙂