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I’m going to attempt the impossible with this post. I’m going to show you samples of the various bathroom fixture finishes available to you. The reason this is impossible is how clearly you see each image depends upon two things: 1) The quality of the image I provide, and 2) The quality of the display device you are viewing it on.
Fixture finish is purely aesthetic. It’s a matter of what you like. Kohler has a phrase I like, which is “Jewelry for the bath”. Your fixtures truly are.
Having said that, I’m big on low maintenance and different finishes show streaks, smudges, and fingerprints more than others.
The most important point to keep in mind (in my opinion) is the shinier the finish the more it shows streaks and fingerprints.
This web page is of course no substitute for visiting a bathroom or plumbing show room and seeing faucets and other fixtures in person. However, to help you design a better bathroom for your and your family, here goes….
As the name implies, Polished Brass is a brass fixture that is highly polished.
Satin brass is not as highly polished as polished brass. Still brass, but a less shiny more subdued look.
Oil Rubbed Bronzed
With oil rubbed bronze you can see the rub marks in the finish.
I could not find an image of the just the finish so below is an image of a copper faucet. Copper is darker than satin brass and less shiny than polished brass.
Brushed nickel does not have much shine or sheen and the brush marks are visible but slight.
Highly polished, very shiny.
Matte means no shine. These faucets are best at hiding streaks and fingerprints EXCEPT when you have hard water, which leaves a white residue on the black matte finish.
Very shiny. Shows dirt easily, but not smudges.
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