Brass is so out of style and very outdated. It’s almost 2014 and you don’t want your home to look like it’s stuck in the 80s. But what is the new “it” color? According to HGTV brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze outsells all the types of texture including chrome.

“Brushed Nickel for that timeless, fresh, modern, or elegant feel; and Oil-Rubbed Bronze for that old world, Tuscan, rustic or traditional based on style,” says Interior Designer, Cathy Wolfram.

Satin nickel is more commonly known as brushed nickel. House of Antique Hardware defines brushed nickel finish as “nickel plating on brass that has been dulled and lacquer coated. It is similar in appearance to brushed stainless steel or brushed aluminum.“

Fantastic use of brushed nickel by Kitchen Galleries!

Classy award-winning design by Kurmak Builders. Look at all those lovely (and I’m sure very expensive) brushed nickel fixtures that worked perfectly with the room! 

Brushed nickel even works well with door hinges!

And the next set of pictures is for... Oil-Rubbed Bronze or just ORB. Here’s a little description from House of Antiques: “Oil Rubbed Bronze finish is a chemically darkened surface designed to simulate aged bronze. This finish is very dark and varies from a deep chocolate brown to a dark gray and usually has copper undertones.”

Perfect use of ORB – featured in Kitchen and Bath Ideas. Another one from Kitchen Galleries.

Old World feel. Love the ORB faucet. Design by Cindy Smetana Interiors.

ORB hardware for your bedroom!! Looks great on white doors doesn’t it?? Designed by Smiths and Vansant.

So have you chosen what will work best for your home?  At my house we have oak doors, floors, cupboards – it’s all oak.  We decided that oil rubbed bronze looked best with the oak color and complements it well.  BUT, in our newly remodeled bathrooms we actually went with chrome.  Guess that makes me unique vs. going with the flow??

If you plan to DIY, you can never go wrong with consistency. Most designers usually go with uniformity – a fail-safe plan. Of course, it’s perfectly fine to mix and match all the metals too. (Please note that this Realtor is advising to match the hinges to the hardware – I will notice if you cut corners and leave the old brass hinges on the door!) But before buying that new hardware, make sure to do your RESEARCH first! Intuition helps a great deal when choosing hardware and your goal is to have that aesthetically pleasing home. Once you see your home, you’ll know what you like. The main point is to have your own style.