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Trends in Fixture Finishes

eye-catching look? An all
white bath with gold accents.
Timeless.

Kitchens and baths have gone
beyond brass and chrome to
bold new finishes. If you’re
looking to revamp your space,
keep reading for the latest
design trends.
Matte
Bye, shine. The hottest
thing in fixture finishes is
matte. Matte nickel remains
the most popular among
renovators, trendspotters at
Houzz say, but you can find
fixtures in a range of colors.
Matte black will match many
looks, while matte gold makes
a statement without being too
bold.
Caring for matte finishes
is easy, too. Avoid waxes
and filling agents, as that
matte look is achieved with
a microscopically rough
surface. Also steer clear of
any harsh chemicals that can
damage your smart new look.
The best thing is the simplest,
most manufacturers say: plain
soap and water.

Living Finishes
A living finish (such as bronze
and copper) has a patina that
changes over time. These
require a little more care than
your average brushed nickel,
but they reward you with a
beautiful, unique color. Ask
your local kitchen and bath
design center for pieces with
a living finish and follow their
care instructions carefully for
the best look.

Mixed Metals
Gone with the shine are
matching metal fixtures
throughout the home.
Houzz says more and more
renovators are choosing to
mix metals, even in the same
piece. Look for matte black
paired with gold or chrome
in a variety of finishes for a
touch of elegance. Kohler
even debuted a line of

ombre-look faucets this year
that fade from one finish to
another.
Mixing metals can add
dimension to a space. Just try
to keep to the same finish (all
shiny, all brushed, all matte)
to keep it looking intentional.
Gold
Gold is back in, too,
specially in easy-care matte

or brushed finishes. If you
can’t quite go all the way
there, look for finishes in a
muted champagne bronze.
This warm hue makes a
great change from the colder
looks of nickel and chrome.
Designers are also debuting
new patinas that offer even
more character and warmth
to this classic metal. Want
to really put together an

Color
Want to really put your space
on trend? Look for bold,
bright colors, especially in
unexpected pieces like shower
enclosures. Set them off
with black matte fixtures like
handles and faucets to really
make the color pop. If you’re
afraid of taking the big leap
with a new shower enclosure,
put a toe in the water with
colorful switch plates or
doorknobs.

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