Understanding our Four Finishes
Kingston Brass makes every effort in offering kitchen and bath products that are both functional and glamorous.
The type of finish you choose is primarily based on how you want your kitchen/bathroom to appear. When purchasing a Kingston Brass product, the finish is a fundamental factor especially when coordinating tones and styles with other home décor. The information on our four main finishes (polished chrome, polished brass, oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel) will provide you the help you need before making your decision.
Polished Chrome is an electroplated finish. It is considered a cold color, that is, a stark silver color. Many designers admire the finish because it is easy to work with and fits into most décor schemes depending on the style of the faucet or the accessory.
The biggest complaint reported is fingerprint smudge and the appearance of water spots.
When we talk about satin chrome (or brushed chrome), we see this finish as a safe compromise in some cases.
The color is originally polished chrome but is either wire-brushed or ‘satinized’ through the use of different techniques.
Satin chrome tends to look more industrial and is used mostly in commercial door hardware. The finish is very easy to maintain due to its absence of water spots or fingerprints.
When we talk about polished nickel, some consider it as a variation of polished chrome (In reality it is a totally separate finish). The color resembles chrome but with a slight yellow tint, making it a warmer option to your décor.
Although it gives a much richer look to your kitchen/bathroom, it is NOT categorized in the top five finishes.
The polished nickel finish is priced at 25-50% higher than chrome and unfortunately, most end-users do not see the value of paying a substantial up-charge for a finish that looks very close to chrome.
Brushed nickel is one of the most popular finishes today, second to chrome.
It gained its popularity possibly due to its practicality. The finish is easy to maintain as it does not show fingerprints or water spots easily (like polished chrome).
From the designer’s point of view, it is easy to coordinate with most granite or marble colors. You may still have the risk of tarnishing but if you follow common sense maintenance guidelines, you should be able to maintain it for many years.
OIL RUBBED BRONZE
This finish is by far the most problematic finish for most manufacturers because it is considered a ‘living’ finish.
‘Living’ is a code word for “forever changes.”
The ideal scenario is that it will mature with age and give the room a rustic feel.
In reality, the finishes doesn’t always mature the way you want it to.
If the end-user is aware of the characteristics of the finish and knows what to expect, it should not be a problem.
After the development of the PVD technologies in the 90s, the durability of the polished brass finish has ceased to be a problem or an issue.
PVD or physical vapor deposition is a metal finishing process that greatly increases the durability and wear resistance of standard brass finishes on plumbing fixtures. Independent test
laboratories have determined PVD to be up to 23 times more abrasion-resistant than chrome plating, the previous industry standard.
The finish was most sought after in the 80s and 90s, but because of the availability of so many finishes in the market, polished brass is not as popular but some admire it for its gold color.
Despite the decline in its popularity, the finish still has a great standing, especially in the northeast and Midwest. Polished brass will add a touch of rich elegance to any bathroom unsurpassed by any other finish.
To read about our five other finishes (Matte black, brushed brass, antique brass, antique copper and polished nickel), click HERE.