Color of floor register?

Brandywine72October 26, 2013

We are having a hard time determining what our floor register should look like in the powder room we are building in our 1851 row house. The room is small and already has a lot of different looks going on. We want to avoid more visual chaos. We are going for a traditional look, but want to avoid crossing the threshold into faux vintage, or what my DH and I call cheesy vintage. There are the other looks in the room:

* White hex tile - picture of newly laid tile is attached.
* Deep charcoal color paint on plaster walls
* Salvaged wood 4 panel door, redish pine, dark colored hardware
* White salvaged wall mounted sink, new polished chrome cross handles.
* Toto promenade toilet
* Flush mount bare bulb fixture, painted dark brass

So, what color should the register be? What pattern? What kind of metal?

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Have you tried a dark bronze like the other metal elements in your room? I grew up in a house from 1906, and the registers were all cast iron and each was different in different parts of the house. A simple grid was in the living room. I think anything goes in a house that old, that looks good. There doubt there was ducted heat back then, right? So there weren't registers. But that is a guess.

Old registers I found on the web.

Here is a link that might be useful: Signature Hardware grate

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 2:26PM
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Good news is that there are nice looking registers out there that are very reasonably priced. Even four years ago, when I was looking they were hard to find. I think you could do white, chrome or dark to match your other hardware. If you find the one you love and it's not the right finish, you can always paint. I have a small bottle of 'Sophisticated Finish' that I have used to paint quite an array of objects. I can't believe how far it has gone.

Anyhow, I've seen nice ones at Costco in 3-packs, and this one at HD I think would go very well with your floor.

Here is a link that might be useful: floor register

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 4:55PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Signature Hardware has a whole pile of them to pick from.


Here is a link that might be useful: Signature Hardware floor registers

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 7:13PM
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Just to be clear about my posted picture of old registers. It wasn't a suggestion that you use one of these old ones. It was an illustration to show a precedence of style, from the earlier 20th century. I would only get a new one, but probably in the style of old, similar to the links for new ones we all provided.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 7:52PM
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