Thursday, May 26, 2011

Copper Cabinet Hardware, Bath Accessories and Floor Registers: Accessorizing Your Copper Sink with Copper Accent Hardware for Your Kitchen & Bathroom

For a number of years now, copper has been a popular choice for those looking for a unique bathroom or kitchen sink. Copper bathroon sinks and copper kitchen sinks are typically handcrafted by skilled artesian using centuries old metal working techniques. Because they are not mass produced, copper sinks are available in a seemingly endless array of shapes, sizes and designs. Copper sinks feature hand hammered textures and are often finished with a brown patina. The application of patina results in copper sinks that range in color from rich brown antique or weather copper to a much darker oil rubbed bronze appearance.

One might think that choosing a coordinating bathroom faucet or kitchen faucet for your copper sink could be a challenge since traditional brass and chrome faucets seem so out of place next to a rustic copper sink. However, there are many new dark finish options for faucets that compliment copper sinks. Although there are some faucets that are offered in antique and weather copper finishes, much more faucets are offered in some sort of bronze finish and fortunately these faucets also look great next to copper sinks. Bronze faucet finishes vary from light brown to matte black, so care must be taken when selecting a coordinating faucet. Sign of the Crab and Elizabethan Classics oil rubbed bronze kitchen and bathroom faucets, for example, are almost black and would look best with copper sinks with similar dark oil rub bronze finishes. If you are looking for faucet options for an antique or weathered copper sink, you may instead consider faucet options from Belle Foret, Cheviot Products or Sunrise Specialty. Belle Foret’s tumbled bronze finish is a brown finish flecked with contrasting copper tone light brown speckles resulting in a burnished appearance. Similarly, many Cheviot bathroom faucets are offered in their antique bronze finish which is burgundy brown with brushed surfaces that expose light brown copper undertones. Sunrise Specialty's bathroom and kitchen sink faucets are offered in an old bronze finish. This is an antique finish with color variations that range from chocolate brown to dark brown. All three of these manufacturers' bronze finishes are great options of antique copper and weathered copper sinks.

Beyond selecting a copper sink and matching faucet, many wish to carry the copper theme to the adjacent walls, floors, and cabinets. This can be accomplished by including similarly styled bronze or copper cabinet hardware, garment hooks, bath accessories, and heat registers in your bathroom or kitchen design. A wide variety of handsome and affordable bronze home hardware has been available for many years. Hamilton Sinkler's line of bronze home hardware is an excellent example of bronze hardware that is both stylish and affordable. In the past, however, finding quality and affordable solid copper cabinet knobs, hooks, bath accessories and heat registers has been much more difficult. Now, The Copper Factory has introduced a new line of reasonably priced copper home hardware items that have a rich antique copper finish and textured surfaces that gives them a handcrafted appearance. Their antique copper collection includes a line of handsome bin pulls, cabinet knobs and drawer pulls cast with unique dimpled textures from solid copper. Solid cast copper bath accessory items including garment hooks, towel rings and rods, and toilet paper holders are also available with this same dimpled texture and rich brown patina. Add their hammered copper switchplates, outlet covers and antique copper floor registers to complete the look on adjacent walls and floors. Finally, The Copper Factory offers all of these same items with a satin nickel finish for those who are designing their kitchen or bathroom with a copper sink that has a pewter finish.

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