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fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

Posted by illinigirl (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 15, 13 at 15:48

What fixture finishes are in or out right now? I suspect chrome is popular in one sense in that it's less expensive, but is it coming back in higher end kitchens also?

I am undecided on my fixtures, but I'd prefer to pick something classic that I won't get tired of as easily.

Oh, also, should the faucet finish match the hardware finish or is it ok to mix them? Like black/orb cabinet pulls with a satin nickel faucet?


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

It's never been out. :)


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

Some very high end companies, Kallista, Waterworks, Lefroy Brooks, are almost completely limited to chrome or nickel fixtures (and some gold). I think it is the high end traditional standard and has never been out.


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

I agree that chrome has never been out. There have been other trends of ORB and brushed nickel, but chrome hasn't been out like polished brass was for a while.


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

Chrome has never been out. Pick something that you love, don't worry about anyone except you, the next person in your house can buy his or her own fixtures.


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

Not that my kitchen is high end (nor are pulls really fixtures, I guess) but we used chrome pulls and love them. They're shiny and I must be part crow!


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

I didn't think it was "out" either. I love chrome, I love the sparkle it gives the kitchen. It's like a shiny piece of jewelry.


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

Wow, I never knew chrome was out. Except for the cheap looking chrome faucets etc. But anything cheap looking is likely has always been "out"


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

It was nice to see all the responses and interesting to learn it is a high-end standard. My reaction was, oh, has it been out?, but I didn't know. :) I just replaced some of the fixtures in a 50-year-old bathroom with chrome to match other, original chrome details I wanted to keep, which were obviously better quality because they still looked nice.

I've read that, generally speaking, two finishes will work but three tend to be too much.


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RE: fixture finishes- is chrome coming back?

thanks everyone.....I wasn't suggesting that chrome was ever 'out'.....but i think with all the new(ish) finishes over the years it perhaps wasn't AS popular with some competition. Anecdotally it seems some of the brushed finishes were popular for a while maybe taking some of chrome's market share.


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