Choosing the right fixture finish for your bathroom

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One of the most critical decisions you make when renovating your bathroom is selecting the metal and style of your bathroom fixtures. Small but mighty, your bathroom fixtures have a big impact on the finish, maintenance and durability of your space. 

This guide will take you through the fixture finishes available to you and choosing the right style for your bathroom.

Polished Chrome

Polished chrome is probably the most common finish you’ll see when it comes to bathroom fixtures, and for good reason. Polished chrome tends to be a relatively affordable option, easy to maintain and durable. It’s also extremely versatile, meaning it looks great in almost every style of bathroom (traditional, contemporary, minimalistic, eclectic, industrial, luxurious and more). 

Whilst easy to clean, Thanks to its mirror-like finish, fingerprints and watermarks show up easily on polished chrome meaning it can need cleaning often to look its best. Chrome is a classic finish and safe option, particularly for busy family homes, and will keep your bathroom looking great for years to come.

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Polished and Brushed Nickel

Similarly to polished chrome, polished nickel works with almost every style of decor as well as being easy to maintain and durable. Polished Nickel is smooth, shiny and changes colour under different lighting. It also brings a rich and luxurious feel to the space, and a sense of warmth that polished chrome doesn’t. As with polished chrome, polished nickel needs regular cleaning to look its best. 

Brushed nickel is very subtle and gives a traditional and homely look. It’s also exceptionally durable, easy to maintain, easy to clean, and thanks to it’s matte finish it hides watermarks and fingerprints. Brushed nickel is ideal for anyone looking for a softer or vintage inspired aesthetic.

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Polished or Satin Brass

Brass bathroom fixtures are very much on trend and are guaranteed to bring a bold statement to your bathroom scheme. Bass fixtures are available in a satin or polished finish, are particularly durable, versatile and easy to clean.

Polished brass has historically been used to create a vintage aesthetic however in recent years it’s become increasingly popular in bold and contemporary schemes and particularly as an accent against muted tones for simple yet elegant aesthetic.

Alternatively satin brass brings interest to the space in a much more subtle way and it too, is extremely versatile with the ability to be incorporated into ultra traditional as well as subtle contemporary styles. Satin brass has a matte finish, and therefore doesn’t show water spots and fingerprints.

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Polished Gold

Polished gold is much like polished brass in its appearance however it’s shinier and carries a more yellow tone. Guaranteed to give your bathroom the ultimate feeling of luxury it has become a popular choice in modern and eclectic bathrooms and stands beautifully against white marble.

Polished Gold fixtures are the latest trend in luxury bathrooms however it’s important to understand what you are getting when opting for gold and checking whether it’s gold or gold coloured. Gold is highly durable, does not tarnish and resists corrosion, moisture so will look great long term. Brushed gold is also an option and has become a popular choice in minimalist bathrooms.

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Matte Black

Black fixtures have drastically risen in popularity in recent years due to their crisp and contemporary appearance and their ability to match all other accessories, including furniture and accent pieces. Black fixtures work best in modern, minimalistic and contemporary bathroom styles and are durable, easy to clean, easy to maintain and thanks to its matte finish hide fingerprints and watermarks.

Matte black fixtures have the ability to immediately make a statement, Making them an impactful replacement for people looking to bring subtle improvements to create a modern space without the need for a full renovation.

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At Dale Bathrooms we have a wide selection of bathroom fixtures available for you to view in our showroom, making it that bit easier to make the right choice for you.

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