Bronze finish faucets in the bathroom or kitchen are classy elements that will add a lot of style and charm to any home. If you are looking forward to updating your fixtures and you need something gorgeous and unique, bronze is definitely something to consider. While stainless steel and chrome used to be the main points of attraction in terms of bathroom or kitchen finishes, the trends have changed during recent years. Bronze has gained a lot of ground for fixtures, finishes and hardware alike. Oil rubbed bronze or Venetian bronze are some of the most sought after solutions today. Your shower accessories, for example, could look marvellous and unique with a simple investment in some sturdy bronze pieces. You will not only enjoy the aesthetics of your bathroom or kitchen, but you will also make full use of your investment for many years to come.
Why Opt For Oil Rubbed Bronze Finishes For Your Bathroom?
- You will enjoy a beautiful, antique look for your fixtures. Oil rubbed bronze finishes are the result of rubbing dark oil solutions on fixtures covered in copper. The respective solution is prone to lose its original design in time. Contrary to what you might think, this type of “damage” will actually add more charm and uniqueness to your fixtures. If you are looking for a charming antique look for your fixtures, bronze is just what you need. Ages bronze finishes find their inspiration in the Victorian Era, with origins in the Arts and Crafts movement.
- Cleaning, maintenance and restoring are simple for this type of finish, so you have even more reasons to consider this option. Water and a clean, soft cloth are all you will need to keep your bronze fixtures dirt-free, shiny and beautiful. You could also opt for a homemade, natural cleaning solution. Mix some vinegar with water and you will manage to successfully clean stubborn water and soap stains. Steer clear from damaging chemicals, including bleach-based cleaners. The same goes for sponges that are too abrasive for your bronze finishes.
- Bronze finishes are easy to restore. Dealing with damaged bronze fixtures in your bathroom is easier than you might think. Aged fixtures made of bronze can be effectively brought back to their original condition with the help of special wax that perfectly matches the initial colors. You can use DIY tutorials to learn how to effectively re-coat your bronze hardware, polish it using mineral oil and bring back the brightness and charm of your favorite bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
- Bronze matches almost any color. No matter what shade or color your bathroom or kitchen cabinets/furniture might have, you should have no problem matching them with your oil rubbed bronze finishes. Neutral colors, as well as off white colors and grays appear to go well hand in hand with bronze.
How To Mix Bronze And Other Metal Finishes
Mixing gold, silver, and brass can create excellent visual effects in any home. This combo of shades and colors adds more depth to any space and creates a layered design with a unique texture. If you are a fan of antique furniture, using bronze, brass and gold together will allow you to get the natural look of a gradually aging door, wall or sink with zero efforts on your behalf.
Start by choosing a dominant color – bronze, if you are particularly interested in its effects on your bathroom or kitchen. Next, select one or more metal accents that will successfully effect the design you have in mind. Copper works well hand in hand with oil brushed bronze finishes inside a kitchen, invest in copper pots and other similar items that will add the accent you need. Stainless steel bathroom fixtures can be matched with vintage silver or bronze accents, while chrome furniture can be nicely matched with bronze or golden finishes.
Design Your Gaming Room With Bronze Finishes
If you plan on setting up your very own gaming room or you are a professional gambler looking to create a gambling room in your garage or a room inside your home, don’t be afraid to mix and match metals. You could decorate the space using Venetian Bronze for your hardware and finishes if you are aiming for an antique brown that can imitate the luxury and opulence inside the biggest casinos in Vegas. If you will be spending a lot of time playing online for real money in your new gaming room, make sure you design it with beautiful metal finishes to get into a winner’s mood every time you walk in.
Why Solid Bronze Tiles?
The durability of solid bronze can still be seen in ancient works.
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There are a lot of metallic-looking tiles on the market. While they may look the same at first glance, the differences are like night and day.
Solid Bronze – Saint-Gaudens Metal Arts Bronze tiles are cast in a foundry from molten bronze. They are bronze through and through. Like 3,000 year-old sculptures, they are eternal. You can tell solid bronze by how heavy it feels in your hand. They are hand painted and polished. Bronze has no installation limitations – tiles can be walked-on, placed near hot stoves or fireplaces, used outdoors, used in showers or around pools, or even endure a hurricane (this happened to a customer in Florida – they were pulled out of the rubble and re-used); and they will always look good.
Solid Metal – other metals – Other metals and alloys are used to cast solid metal tiles. Among them are aluminum and pewter. Aluminum is very corrosive when exposed to moisture, and will develop a powdery white coating. While being flexible, aluminum is also soft and can not be used in the wide range of applications bronze can. Pewter is a soft metal, easy to cast and finish cheaply, but unlike bronze is not advisable for use in floors or any other surface where it will be touched frequently. Of the countless alloys and other metals used in tile very few, if any, will stand the test of time like bronze.
Plated Metal – A tile can be marketed as solid metal when it is actually a base (cheaper) metal with plating on top. This is the most common solid metal tile on the market. Base metal, commonly known as “Pot Metal,” is soft, like lead, and cheaper to cast and finish. They are plated with very thin layers of nickel, copper, brass, etc, and are usually coated with a shiny sealer. The problem with these tiles is that they can bend and break very easily. When bent, the plating cracks and peels off. If cleaned with an abrasive cleaner, the thin plating wears off. For this reason, they can’t be used in the floor. You can tell plated metal tile by its lighter weight, and shiny, costume-jewelry like finish.
A note about copper: Copper isn’t castable, so you will never see cast solid copper tiles. A copper color can only be obtained by: plating over pot metal; mixing it with resin (see below); or wrapping thin sheets of copper over a rigid base form.
Metal Coated Tiles – A tile design is molded and cast in plastic. They are then spray-painted with a mixture of resin and powdered metals. Several metal colors are obtainable using this method. Because the sprayed-on coating is very thick compared to plating, detail in these tiles is often lost. Because these are only coated, finishes can peel off and tiles can warp near heat.
Metalized Resin – This is a proprietary method of pouring resin mixed with powdered metal into a mold. The resulting tile is resin-based throughout. They are lightweight, and can warp around high BTU cook tops or fireplaces.
Ceramic Metal Glazes – Regular ceramic tiles are fired with glazes that look like metal but have no real metal in them. Along with all ceramic tile chipping is the most common problem, along with abrasion if walked on, and loss of finish.
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