Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Door Hardware a Sign of the Times (Today)

Possibly the most popular metal finish today is oil rubbed bronze. Bronze door hardware can either be made of actual bronze or brass. Hardware made of true bronze is treated with a chemical called a patina to create the dark appearance. Hardware made of brass is coated to provide a similar look. Regardless, the color of oil rubbed bronze varies from dark brown to flat black depending on the hardware manufacturer. Therefore, we recommend that the desired color of be carefully thought out prior to making an investment in door hardware. Consider coordinating the door hardware with adjacent home hardware including lighting, floor grates, cabinet hardware, or house numbers.

Brass Door Hardware with an Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish

This Nostalgic Warehouse oil rubbed bronze interior set is made of solid brass that has been finished to appear as oil rubbed bronze.

True Bronze Door Hardware with a Dark Patina

This oil rubbed bronze entry set by Hamilton Sinkler is made of solid bronze. A dark brown patina has been applied giving the set an aged and handsome appearance.

Visit Finish Tips page on the Shop 4 Classics website for more information about hardware finishes options and care considerations.

If you are interested in the styles of door hardware throughout American history, I highly recommend a visit to Web Wilson's Virtual Museum. Here you will find hundreds of well organized images of antique door hardware.

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