Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Which would you choose?? Polished Nickel or Unpolished Brass Hardware?

In this post - looking at polished nickel and unpolished brass hardware
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 I have to pick out my kitchen hardware soon and I am having a hard time deciding between polished nickel and unpolished brass hardware! I like them both!

Polished Nickel

Pros - matches my sink faucet, classic and seemingly timeless
Cons - with an all white kitchen it can be seen as a little "cold", but it is warmer than polished chrome. Also, it is quite common (does that matter? nah.)






Unpolished Brass

Pros - has a nice warmth to it, and is something different then what I am used to
Cons - possibly too trendy, difficult to match the exact finish unless all hardware is from the same company

Below is kind of how it would look in my kitchen - I have the exact faucet with an apron sink and marble counters... although it looks like the hardware is gold to me and not brass!
Jean Stoffer Design









So, which would YOU choose?
I think I know what I am leaning to now. I think.


17 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the brass! It looks fresh to me. When we were deciding, I asked at the lighting and hardware stores about brass...they said it wasn't selling in our area. We mixed nickel in the kitchen but bronze everywhere else. You really can't go wrong. ;)

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    1. I have been having a hard time deciding but I think I am leaning towards towards polished nickel in the kitchen. There is a large variety of brass that I have noticed too - polished, unpolished, unpolished antiqued, etc etc!

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  2. What a beautiful home. Either are fine with me I just like them all the same.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. They are both pretty finishes!

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  3. Angela,
    Polished nickel gets my vote. I had brass hardware in my kitchen when it was first built, but after a few years, I did not like how it tarnished.

    Judith

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    1. oh interesting, that is true... I don't know if I would like how the brass tarnishes. I think I am going to go with polished nickel.

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  4. I don't think you would ever tire of the nickel. I would go with it.

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    1. I think you are right - I am worried I would tire of the brass!

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    2. The nickel will never go out of style and it doesnt break up the look of those beautiful cabinets.

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    3. you are right, it is much less likely to go out of style compared to the brass!

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  5. It's me again, from Be Colorful Coastal. :D I love both finishes as well and we JUST did a complete kitchen remodel in our home this winter and spring. I ultimately went with the polished nickel because I was having a hard time convincing my husband that the unpolished brass was making a comeback. I think all he could see was all of the dated brass that we saw when were house hunting. I do love what we went with but I'm a fan of the brass too.

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    1. yes it can be hard to see past the brass of the old days!! I think that we will likely choose the polished nickel too.

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  6. Beautiful pictures... I personally like the polished nickel best... we have been moving most of the brass from our home and just like the nickel better.

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  7. Brass. Timeless. Looks more expensive.

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    1. oh interesting. I think it looks more expensive because it kind of looks like gold.

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  8. Nickel - it will always be in fashion + timeless. Also the brass stands out too much and detracts from the features of the kitchen..too busy...just my opinion..good luck.

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