There is something irresistible about the old-world charm of polished wood and brass. It brings visions of castle libraries, pirate ships, and ballroom-sized dining halls into mind. Quite the opposite is exact as well. Edgy glass tiles, polished stone countertops, and shiny nickel hardware conjure up images of stylish loft-living and cutting-edge continental elegance. Adding polished surfaces is an easy way to update your décor and create an atmosphere that fits your lifestyle. The examples below will help you get started.