How do I choose the right finish for my hinges and hardware?

How do I choose the right finish for my hinges and hardware?

Wow, this is a tough question and one we get asked a lot.  It is also very subjective and personal taste comes into play when selecting the right finish for your door hinges and hardware.  Let’s start off by saying that you should consider the hardware as the jewels of your home.  Door hinges and hardware add a lot of character to your home without you even noticing most of the time.  So, you need to put some thought into this before you make your investment.

Our favorite finishes you should consider when purchasing door hinges and hardware in 2016 are as follows:

  • Satin (Brushed) Nickel Hinges
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze Hinges
  • Antique Brass Hinges

The Satin nickel finish is by far the most popular hinge and hardware finish on the market today.  It provides a clean polished modern look, but is versatile enough to be used in a Bungalow, Colonial, or Craftsman style home.  In our opinion, this finish looks great on just about anything and is a conservative choice when upgrading your hinges and hardware.

One of our favorites here at Hinge Outlet, is the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish.  This finish is perfect for adding a Rustic look to your home and can provide more distinction than the Satin Nickel finish.  The Oil Rubbed Bronze finish is a perfect mix of old world and modern when used appropriately.  You should really consider this if you have a bold personality that you are trying to highlight.

oil rubbed bronze hinges

The Antique Brass finish has really grown in popularity at Hinge Outlet over the past five years.  This finish is a great mix of old world brass and modern rustic.  It is a bit more subtle that the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish and does not appear as dated as the Polished Brass finish.

antique brass hinges

Speaking of the Polished Brass finish, this one is also worth mentioning.  In our opinion, it went out of style in the 90s, but it continues to find a niche in the marketplace.  Many customers who don’t want to upgrade their home to one of the more popular finishes continue to purchase polished brass in either a steel or solid brass material.  The Polished Brass finish is a reflective polish coated with a clear coat lacquer that will prevent tarnish for many years. These lacquers are carefully applied and invisible.  They have gone through periods of popularity throughout the 20th century and will come back in style eventually.

polished brass hinges

Some of the other finishes we carry here at Hinge Outlet are as follows:

Antique Nickel

Matte Black

Polished Chrome

Satin Brass

Zinc Dichromate

Stainless Steel

 

For additional information on your door hinge and home hardware needs, please contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Hinge Outlet Management Team!

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