Brass has been around for ages and it comes and goes in the world of style and design. In the 80s it was all the rage to have brass plumbing fixtures throughout your house, but once that trend was over, it was OVER! I think the key to using this metal is incorporating into your style in doses. You don't have to remodel your kitchen and put brass hardware, faucets and lighting everywhere. You can simply add some decor, just to try it out. Pretty vintage vases or trays add a bit of style without the commitment. Check out the vintage brass we have and see where you can incorporate a piece into your house.
I like vintage brass best because it develops a rich patina over time, making it less gold or "brassy." But, if you do prefer the shiny brass color, you can always clean up a vintage piece with brass cleaner. Keep in mind, some brass pieces were coated with a lacquer, which is a clear coating to protect the brass from tarnishing. If your piece is lacquered then it will be harder to remove the oxidation as you will need to remove the laquer first. That being said, most pieces that have oxidized have lost their original laquer anyway. Where will you be putting your new brass piece?