Brass surfaces are the perfect finish in any room. Brass bathroom fittings add warmth and a touch of elegant sheen that you will love.
If you’re considering adding brass bathroom fittings on your next renovation project, you’ll be glad you did. Read on for more inspiration!
Cold metal surfaces such as chrome, stainless steel and brushed nickel have been outstanding for years. They’re still there, of course, but it’s no secret that warm metals are back in a big way.
Brass is the first choice for faucets, cabinet fittings and accessories such as wall lights and towel rails. I love the trend and I am sure that it will last for a long time.
That’s because brass is a stunning metal with a warm gold tone. Best of all, the beautiful color of brass makes it feel like jewelry for your home. Brass fittings can make even a small powder room look great.
Brass is at home in every design aesthetic. Of course, it’s a timeless and classic finish that looks beautiful in the traditional design. Modern design can sometimes feel simple and inviting, so the warmth of brass is a welcome addition.
I’ve used brass all over my home and I love how it adds value to any room. You can see how I’ve used brass doorknobs, brass lights, brass kitchen faucets, and unpainted brass fittings all over my home.
Bathroom fittings made of brass
Deciding that you want brass finishes in your room is only the first step. You still have to decide which finish to use, from highly polished brass to a subtle satin finish to a completely unpainted finish.
All of the brass surfaces are beautiful, but they all look a little different. Here is the list of the brass surfaces and a little about each one so you can choose how to dress up your bathroom!
When you think of brass, you probably think of polished brass. It’s the brightest brass finish, shiny and even a little bit reflective. Polished brass usually means that it is a solid brass that has been polished and coated with a lacquer finish. The varnish prevents tarnishing and patina over time.
Polished brass goes best with traditional styles, especially when paired with a classically shaped faucet and other timeless design elements.
For example, in our whirlpool bath, I combined a polished brass faucet with a marble countertop, a bath surround made of subway tiles and a classic white hexagonal tile floor. The effect is a luxurious, calming retreat.
On the other side of the brass spectrum, you’ll find antique brass. This is brass that has been chemically treated to appear dark and aged. It has a deep brown tone color with golden undertones.
Antique brass is a faintly shiny finish that won’t tarnish or patinate over time. It has a lot of depth and dimension and gives the room, wherever it is used, a timeless charm. In addition, it is easy to keep clean as it does not show any fingerprints – a plus in every bathroom!
Brushed brass, one of the most popular brass finishes in recent years, is warm and inviting without being too flashy. If you take a close look at the finish, you can see what tiny brush strokes look like. It looks like someone has lightly polished the brass with steel wool, which takes away the shine but leaves the gorgeous warm tone behind.
Brushed brass makes a statement. It is warm and discreet and enhances every room. Brushed brass bathroom fittings are also a practical choice as they show fewer water stains and fingerprints than polished brass. They are easy to clean and still look great.
The term “satin brass” is often used synonymously with “brushed brass” because the two surfaces are so similar.
Satin-finished brass is the same color and warm tone as brushed brass, but does not have the brush marks that characterize the brushed finish. You have to look carefully to see the difference, but it’s there. Satin-finished brass has a smooth, even surface.
Satin brass looks stunning in any design aesthetic, even in more modern spaces. It depends on the style you choose. If you choose lighting and hardware that have a utilitarian or minimalist shape, the result will be a modern look that is still inviting and warm.
One of my favorites is unpainted brass, although it doesn’t really count as a finish – because it’s not finished at all! Unpainted brass has no finish or lacquer coating, so it will patinate over time.
Personally, I love the look of patina on brass. Patina is the word for the green or blue surface that hardens over time over metals such as copper, bronze and brass. It creates an aged look that is so beautiful!
I have an unpainted brass faucet in my new kitchen and unpainted cabinet knobs in my modern laundry room. I love the warmth and depth that the brass brings to any room!
Brass bathroom faucet styles
There are so many different types of bathroom faucets that you can easily find one that fits your design aesthetic. From modern and minimal to curved and classic, brass bathroom fittings add warmth and style to your space.
To help you find faucets, here is an overview of different types of faucets:
This is the standard type of faucet with separate hot and cold handles that are not attached to the spout. Widely used faucets require three hole cutouts so make sure you have the right type of sink to accommodate them.
As it sounds, a one-hole faucet only needs one cutout in your sink. Because the spout and handle are made from one piece. The hot and cold water share a handle that you move forward or backward to reach your desired temperature.
Single-hole fittings can be installed in sinks with more than one hole cutout. You just need to close the hole with a suitable cap. The caps usually come with your faucet, although you may need to purchase them separately.
Types of necks
There are three main types of faucet necks, each with their own characteristics to consider:
The typical design of a faucet spout is fairly straight, with a low profile and a long reach. This means it goes beyond the sink opening, not the top and bottom like with taller designs like the gooseneck.
Standard faucets are a great choice for small bathrooms or for rooms where you are concerned about free height. Using standard brass bathroom faucets is a great way to add style to small spaces, especially if the faucet design isn’t competing for attention.
Gooseneck fittings, also known as “high arc” fittings, are known for their elegant, elongated necks. They come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, but they are usually extra large. This makes them perfect for filling pots in kitchens or scrubbing clothes in laundry rooms.
Gooseneck faucets can have a graceful curve for traditional styles or a more angular look that works well with modern design. They are the epitome of form-meeting function.
A bridge fitting has two handles, one each for hot and cold water, which are connected by a horizontal connection pipe. The pipe is exposed above the countertop instead of being hidden under it. Basically, it forms a “bridge” between the hot and cold water pipes.
I love the bridge faucet in my kitchen. The warm unpainted brass adds so much warmth and the bridge design is timeless in the best possible way.
This design is shaped like it sounds, like the curved end of a shepherd’s staff. Or think of it like the shape of a question mark turned on its side. This faucet design provides extra space underneath while adding a great deal of style.
My kitchen bridge faucet has a shepherd’s round neck. Do you see it come straight out in the end, then curves? In combination with the brass finish, it creates a classic, luxurious look.
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frequently asked Questions
The simple answer is yes! Brass is a beautiful, long-lasting finish that is perfect for bathroom fittings. It adds warmth to a room that, with all its hard surfaces, can otherwise feel cold. Choosing brass with a painted finish (such as polished, antique, brushed, or satin) will ensure that your faucet will be easy to clean and maintain.
It depends on the execution of the brass. If you choose an unpainted (unworked) brass, it will tarnish and patinate over time. This applies to brass everywhere – not just in the bathroom. However, if you go for lacquered brass – polished, antique, brushed or satin finish – it won’t tarnish or patinate. The lacquer coating protects the brass and prevents it from looking aged.
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