Warm metals are making a resurgence in updated Kitchens and Baths. After seeing several years of exclusively polished nickel, satin chrome and stainless steel finishes throughout the home, unlaquered brass, natural copper, and other “living finishes” like oil rubbed bronze are re-entering the design world. Shown in this JWH Kitchen, a hammered copper apron front sink is contrasted with a satin nickel wall mount faucet and hardware, and complimented with oil-rubbed bronze pulls on the chopping block cabinet.
These warmer metals combine beautifully with both warm and color backdrop colors, offer a clean and subtle look against both light and dark cabinetry, and provide good durability. The ease and natural appearance of warmer metals, offer a beautiful contrast to lighter marbles and rich quartz surfaces alike.
As the design world looks for new looks and new trends—both in fashion and home design—a new idea is usually a remake of an earlier era. The new look is not a do-over, i.e. the square toe or stacked heel will never be exactly the same, allowing us to pull out a carefully stored pair of expensive 15 year old shoes. The refinements of an earlier trend are just enough different to be newly appealing and of course, new available to the market. Brass finishes, previously the bright polished version which we have been swapping out of 1980’s houses for the past 12 years, are being replaced with the unlaquered or antique version that give a softer, time-worn appearance to hardware and fixtures. Copper finishes, by contrast, are preserved in their shiny “new penny” state as well as their natural aged appearance. Oil rubbed bronze, one of our favorites, slowly evolves from a subtle dark bronze color to achieving highlights of warm brass in the most used spots.