Why Are Satin Brass and Brushed Bronze Shower Hardware So Popular?

Why Are Satin Brass and Brushed Bronze Shower Hardware So Popular?

29th May 2024

While polished brass was the shower hardware finish of choice in the 1990s, it faded away in favor of chrome and nickel. Matte black metal has been trending for a few years now along with satin brass. In many parts of the country brushed bronze – which, like satin brass, is in the gold family of metallics – is gaining popularity. What’s behind the move toward these finishes that are so different from the tried and true chrome and nickel tones we’ve gotten used to?




Golden Finishes Add Warmth

Metal can be cool and silvery, neutral black, or gold based – brass, bronze, copper. Finishes like nickel and chrome bring a cool color temperature to a space. On the other hand, brass and bronze add warmth. Notably, the two most popular brass and bronze finishes seem to be satin brass – click to see an example – and brushed bronze – see example here. These both offer a softer appearance than the shiny polished brass of the 90s. Satin brass and brushed bronze have a depth and warmth that decorators appreciate in 2024 as trends move toward a home that is soothing and personal.




The Shower Enclosure Gains a Luxurious Note

Gold brings connotations of riches, beauty, and luxury. Metallics in this family of finishes make a similar impression. The most popular glass choice for shower doors and enclosures is definitely clear, while some opt for simple frosted glass for privacy. Glass has its own simple beauty and elegance, but the use of gold or brass hardware gives a clear or frosted shower a luxe touch. Homeowners who want some glamour in the primary bathroom will find that choosing these finishes for the shower handle, hinges, and clamps achieves just this. So the desire for an upscale or spa-inspired vibe is one more reason for the rising popularity of bronze and brass.




Rich Finishes Provide Contrast and Balance to Today’s Popular Color Schemes

Shades of white, cream, and gray are still common color palettes for American bathrooms. Natural materials like unpainted wood and stone are also trending. These soothing neutrals create a gorgeous backdrop which is cool and calming. The rich hues of satin brass and brushed bronze add warmth and vibrancy to such a space. Consider these combinations on the shower and elsewhere:

  • Bronze hardware on a vanity made of reclaimed barnwood.
  • Baroque pull handle on a clear glass shower door for a stall with marble wall tiles.
  • A brass shelf clamp for a glass shelf on a white, cream, or gray wall.
  • Brass or bronze hardware on a white claw-foot tub.




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