The smaller details of the kitchen often go overlooked until the end of the project, such as the finish of fixtures and lighting. Although they may seem to be insignificant details, they do often make a significant impact. Instead of leaving the smaller details to last, why not get the most cohesive appearance from the start of the project by considering the basics first?
Accessories and cabinet hardware are all available in a variety of finishes, such as bronze, stainless steel, brass, and chrome. Most hardware is made from zinc or copper and brass, which are then completed with a plating or finish over the top. Bronze and chrome are two of the most common types of finish, along with stainless steel and brass. If you’re undecided if bronze or chrome is the more suitable finish for your kitchen, then we have provided more information below about the pros and cons of each.
Bronze is incredibly durable and has high longevity when compared to some of the other materials. This metal is often chemically darkened to simulate the appearance of aged bronze. Bronze often has a large variety of finishes for you to choose from which means that you’ll be able to find something that suits your kitchen, especially if you have a traditional kitchen.
Why you’ll love Bronze: Bronze is known to have an antique and classic effect on kitchen designs, giving it a timeless appearance. As a result, this metal works unbelievably well with traditional kitchens. With its copper undertones, the finish can vary in colour from a dark grey to a chocolate brown.
How you can use Bronze: Bronze can often be used to bring out the darker tones in speckled granite or to give floral wallpaper an antique and vintage vibe.
Benefits of Bronze: As mentioned above, Bronze is a very durable metal that is resistant to corrosion. As such, this metal is recommended for use in coastal homes with salty air. Bronze offers an array of finishes and colours, including the highly popular ‘antique bronze’ which looks black with copper highlights.
Drawbacks of Bronze: Although this is a durable metal, it is also more porous than other metals, such as brass. This means that it can develop shrinkage cavities over time.
Chrome is usually a very polished, glossy, and shiny metal, but you can also find the satin and brushed variants which are more matte. Chrome hardware adds drama and reflects light in the room. Due to its withstanding properties, Chrome is often used in both decorative and industrial purposes. Similar to bronze, this finish is also resistant to corrosion due to its naturally high level of shine.
Why you’ll love Chrome: Chrome has a polished, cool, and clean appearance that is not only very easy to match with other fixtures in the kitchen, but it’s also very durable. In most cases, Chrome can also be a less-expensive option.
How you can use Chrome: This metal can be used with solid slabs of granite and clean-lined cabinetry for a contemporary and modern appearance.
Benefits of Chrome: Chrome is a very light metal which is why many dining chairs and stools use this material. They can be easily moved and rearranged in your kitchen due to their lightweight. Chrome is also quite a unique metal as it provides a highly polished and reflective finish that many other metals cannot offer. In addition to this, it is also a corrosion resistant metal.
Drawbacks of Chrome: Although Chrome won’t rust over, it can become dull and develop pits over time. The shiny surface is also prone to scratches, fingerprints, and water spots. This metal may require more maintenance than some other metals.
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If you’re planning a kitchen design and you are looking to get a fitted kitchen, then look no further. Our team at Room By Room have years of experience and expertise in designing and installing kitchens to your exact specifications and needs. Whether you’re after a bronze finish or chrome finish for your ideal kitchen, we can design a beautiful fitted kitchen that perfectly suits your requirements.
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