Regardless of the finish (brushed, polished, satin) it's a metal that can add color and warmth to a setting. Remember, I even made polished brass a feature in my library/dining room a few months ago.
I like it. Sometimes chrome, nickel or steel feel too cold. And bronze can often feel severe, like a black line. Of course it depends on the room, but brass really brightens things up. It's like a little bit of bling for your home. Check out some examples: