Chrome or Brushed Nickel [Bathroom fixtures]

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Chrome or Brushed Nickel [Bathroom fixtures]

Post by mbres60 » Tue May 14, 2019 5:00 pm

We are redoing two bathrooms. Not sure if we should buy chrome or brushed nickel fixtures. Seems that brushed nickel currently sells more (according to the guy at Lowes). Anyone have any preferences as to which is better? I don't want to update bathrooms and put in outdated fixtures, assuming chrome is considered outdated.

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Post by j0nnyg1984 » Tue May 14, 2019 5:10 pm

I did the Moen spot resistant stainless in my kitchen, spot resistant brushed nickel in the bathroom. Looks good.

I think chrome looks like crap, regardless of the application. Zero chrome on my vehicles, home, etc.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by crockpotinvesting » Tue May 14, 2019 5:12 pm

We’ve been doing allot of work on our house and have been doing everything in brush nickel. Seems to be why’s popular these days but at the end of the day whatever makes you happy.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by audioaxes » Tue May 14, 2019 5:14 pm

I regret using Chrome finishes in my bathroom remodel. Looks nice day one and then you constantly fighting water marks.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by snackdog » Tue May 14, 2019 5:23 pm

Brushed nickel is pretty much last decade style. Chrome is in. And you need to wipe it each time it gets wet if you don't want water marks.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by StevieG72 » Tue May 14, 2019 5:27 pm

Either is fine, I personally like the brushed nickel better, however chose chrome for a recent remodel because I couldn’t match the light fixture.

Just don’t get gold, that is dated!
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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by fposte » Tue May 14, 2019 5:29 pm

I'm a mid-mod person so I like chrome. Brushed nickel is warmer in tone, though, and as noted it shows drops and prints less.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by mtmingus » Tue May 14, 2019 5:34 pm

j0nnyg1984 wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 5:10 pm
I did the Moen spot resistant stainless in my kitchen, spot resistant brushed nickel in the bathroom. Looks good.

I think chrome looks like crap, regardless of the application. Zero chrome on my vehicles, home, etc.
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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by Bacchus01 » Tue May 14, 2019 5:42 pm

Chrome is timeless but harder to keep looking clean

Brushed Bickel is fine, but screams 2005

We went all polished nickel in our bath remodel. Very $$$

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by stan1 » Tue May 14, 2019 7:16 pm

StevieG72 wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 5:27 pm

Just don’t get gold, that is dated!
Actually gold is making somewhat of a comeback. 30 somethings nostalgic about grandma's 1970s house maybe?

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by Leemiller » Tue May 14, 2019 8:12 pm

Chrome has been around longer but nothing is timeless in a remodel. I assume 10 years or so and spend accordingly.

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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Tue May 14, 2019 8:20 pm

I use Brushed Nickel, I hate chrome.
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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by Sandtrap » Tue May 14, 2019 8:42 pm

Brushed Nickel in a soft satin tone and texture. Solid metal. Not plastic pseudo.
Chrome is too shiny and most chrome is fake chrome.

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Post by rj342 » Tue May 14, 2019 9:17 pm

Around here in the deep South you see a lot more of the 'oiled bronze' dark brown stuff.

We have brushed nickel... replacing all the polished brass 1990 door knobs, latches, plates and hinge on every interior and exterior door including all the closets was a giant PITA several years ago and I am not looking forward to any time soon.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by jabberwockOG » Tue May 14, 2019 9:25 pm

Good quality brass fixtures in chrome finish are timeless and classic. Everything else is just this decade's fad look and will look very dated in a few years.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by RVosen » Wed May 15, 2019 6:12 am

I'm actually kind of surprised by how many people have said chrome.

I'm a plumber and personally think brushed nickel looks better than chrome on any faucet I install and it's easier to keep clean. That doesn't mean that chrome looks bad I just have a big preference for brushed nickel.

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Post by ThatGuy » Wed May 15, 2019 6:35 am

Nickel is too warm for my taste, so brushed chrome.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by mmmodem » Wed May 15, 2019 6:45 am

I'm pretty sure brushed nickel is the popular choice these days but that changes with time. Carpet, harvest gold, and popcorn acoustic ceilings used to be popular as well. DW was solidly brushed nickel fixtures and white cabinets when we were married. A decade later she prefers dark bronze and distressed white. :confused

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by Ping Pong » Wed May 15, 2019 6:50 am

How about stainless steel? That’s timeless (since it was invented anyway).

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by alpenglow » Wed May 15, 2019 7:28 am

stan1 wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 7:16 pm
StevieG72 wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 5:27 pm

Just don’t get gold, that is dated!
Actually gold is making somewhat of a comeback. 30 somethings nostalgic about grandma's 1970s house maybe?
True, though I still hate it. I think (hope) this will be a short-lived trend.

Regardless of what the trends are for brushed nickel vs chrome, we went with brushed nickel because it stays free of water spots.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by mbres60 » Wed May 15, 2019 7:42 am

Thanks for all the responses! I love chrome, bright and shiny, but will go with the brushed nickel. The salesman in Lowes said it was the most popular. They had many more to choose from.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by lazydavid » Wed May 15, 2019 7:43 am

I despise chrome, so easy choice for me. All the fixtures in my house except my utility sink (only available with a cheap plastic "chrome" faucet) are either brushed nickel, stainless steel, or oil rubbed bronze.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by njuser » Wed May 15, 2019 8:33 am

One more vote for chrome. I don't think it ever goes out of style. Previous owner put in brushed nickel and it was very hard to keep clean; replaced it all with chrome. Quick wipe and chrome looks brand new. Also easier to match the finish if you need to replace a single fixture.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by bloom2708 » Wed May 15, 2019 8:55 am

Oil rubbed bronze over chrome or brushed nickel.
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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by renue74 » Wed May 15, 2019 9:00 am

I follow a ton of builders and designers on instagram...so that makes me an expert. :oops:

OK...maybe not...but here's my $0.02.

- Brushed nickel -- good for everyday, decent middle class home. It's the vanilla, builder grade "it'll do," type of finish.

- Chrome -- a little more flashier. Hard to keep water spots off of.

- Oil rubbed bronze - I live in the south and see this a lot too. Especially in more historic homes. I just rehabbed a craftsman bungalow and used ORB.

- Gold - It's coming back...especially in the designer homes. I see it in kitchen hardware. Not as flashy gold as we've seen before, but more of a muted gold.

- Black - It's a trend. I see it more and more. Black, modern fixture hardware. Looks good with white subway tile. But will folks in 10 years say..."OMG, what were they thinking with that black hardware?"

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by Glockenspiel » Wed May 15, 2019 9:15 am

If you want to be "in", vintage brass and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures are the "in" choices nowadays. But regardless of what you pick, the "in" choice will be out of date in 3 years when Joanna Gaines proclaims the next "in" hardware color on HGTV.

In all honesty, both chrome and brushed nickel are fairly classic, but I think brushed nickel is more popular these days, and will appear in more homes in your neighborhood, when you go to sell.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by Yiewsley » Thu May 16, 2019 9:40 am

If you watch HGTV, brushed brass in now the trend. I am sticking with the brushed nickel though. :D

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by yolli71 » Thu May 16, 2019 12:43 pm

We remodeled our master bathroom last year. What we found is that while my wife and I both prefer brushed or satin nickel over chrome, it was hard to find all the different fixtures we wanted where the brushed nickel perfectly matched. For example, we purchased a Hansgrohe shower handle and head, a Mirabelle free standing tub faucet, Brizo sink faucets, etc.

While it would've been great to get a matching set for everything, we didn't find a set that we liked. And when purchasing items separately, some didn't provide a brushed or satin nickel option, or if they did the shades didn't match (remember, you ideally also want to match colors with the toilet paper holder, towel racks, toilet handle, etc.). However, every company offered chrome and they looked the same color/shade. I expressed my concern to our design consultant and she said chrome was timeless and will never go out of style (though she was probably just trying to make me feel better b/c she knew I wanted brushed).

Whatever the case, we ended up doing all chrome and I must say that the bathroom still looks great. I think chrome offers more choices and is easier to match. That being said, if I would've found everything I wanted in brushed nickel, that would have been my first choice.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by El Greco » Thu May 16, 2019 4:36 pm

Personally, I prefer polished nickel. It's a great, rich look. I couldn't give a hang about what the current "style" is. I like what I like...and I have to live with it.

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Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

Post by Bacchus01 » Thu May 16, 2019 5:02 pm

El Greco wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 4:36 pm
Personally, I prefer polished nickel. It's a great, rich look. I couldn't give a hang about what the current "style" is. I like what I like...and I have to live with it.
We just did our bathroom in this

It’s much more expensive than chrome or brushed

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