Comparing Types of Metal Finish for Your Home
Even if it's a simple update like faucets or cabinet knobs, the finish you choose can change the whole look of the room.
Which Type of Metal Finish Will Work Best in Your Home?
Recently, brushed nickel has emerged as one of the most popular choices among homeowners. But how does it stack up against longstanding favorites chrome and stainless steel? And is it right for your remodel? We compared each of these different types of metal finishes to see which will work best with various home styles and budgets.
Metal Finish FAQs
How do I choose a metal finish?
There are several factors to consider when choosing a metal finish. Look into the cost, hardness and manufacturing time of the metal to help you in your decision. This also helps with choosing the color palette of the room.
What is the most popular metal finish?
Chrome is one of the most popular metal finishes because it is scratch-resistant, stylish, versatile and inexpensive.
Is brushed nickel the same as stainless steel?
No. Brushed nickel is plated over another metal core such as zinc, copper or brass and usually has a warmer tone compared to stainless steel.
Is brushed nickel better than chrome?
Different metal finishes offer different qualities. Brushed nickel is extremely durable and tends to keep its finish longer than chrome, but a chrome finish is easy to clean and stands out.
What Is Brushed Nickel?
Brushed nickel is nickel that has been finished by etching it with a wire brush or similar tool to give the metal a textured look. This texture gives brushed nickel a warm tone and creates an interesting interaction of light and shadow on the metal’s surface. Brushed nickel is a popular type of metal finish for:
- House numbers
- Kitchen faucets
- Bathroom fittings
- Cabinet hardware
- Lighting fixtures
What Is Chrome?
While chrome was once used mainly for car parts and other industrial purposes, in recent years it became one of the most popular choices for fixtures and hardware. Chrome resists rust and corrosion well for a relatively low price. However, it requires regular cleaning since its shiny surface makes water spots and fingerprints stand out.
What Is Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel is a classic choice for hardware and fittings because it complements most home styles. Brushed nickel and stainless steel often look very similar, but the difference is in their underlying tone: brushed nickel tends to have a golden or brownish tint while stainless steel has a faintly blue tone. Fixtures made from 100 percent stainless steel can go many years without any sign of rust or corrosion, making them a good long-term investment.
Brushed Nickel vs. Chrome vs. Stainless Steel: The Face-Off
Now that we know what they are, let’s look at how these different types of metal finishes stack up.
Faucets: $100 - $300
Brushed nickel is best for:
Faucets: $50 - $200
Chrome is best for:
Faucets: $150 - $400
Stainless steel is best for:
Have you decided between brushed nickel, chrome or stainless steel for your home? You're one step closer to starting your remodel! Looking for some more remodeling advice? Check out our home inspiration resources.
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