What color heat registers for a 1915 bungalow?
We recently had our vintage baseboard registers dipped-and-stripped after failing miserably at finding any replacements that would fit the vents. Now we need to decide what color to paint them, since the original finish was stripped off as well so they're down to the bare metal.
I can't seem to figure out what the appropriate color would have been---our house is a 1915 Arts & Crafts bungalow, and we think heat was added in the 1930s, so the registers date to around then (but are super simple, no ornate patterns or anything fun like that). They sit on the floor set in against the moulding, which is now painted white and unlikely to be stripped while we're in the house. The floors are quarter-sawn white oak.
Any thoughts on what color they should be? We could go with black, but it seemed a little strange against the white moulding....wondered if there might be another generally appropriate metallic color of some sort that would work. We're not sticklers for getting it historically exact, but want something that a) looks nice and b) isn't completely out of character.
Thanks for any thoughts!