A Seriously Extensive Shopping Guide of Gold, Copper, & Bronze Kitchen & Bathroom Fixtures
by Jennifer Farley
on Oct 24, 2016
I know you feel like you just ripped out the 80s gold fixtures in your bathroom renovation five years ago, which, by the way, was a good decision, but the truth is... gold fixtures are back. No, it's not a scary resurgence like the fashion trend of acid washed jeans a few years back. Gold fixtures can be a part of a stylish and timeless style. Gold isn't the only fixture finish getting all the attention either. Don't forget about the resurgence of copper and bronze into the design world. Today I'm going to share an extremely thorough list of where you can buy gold, copper, and bronze kitchen and bathroom fixtures for any design style.
Polished brass is the brightest version of gold fixtures. Antique polished brass is a more muted gold finish. Internet pictures sometimes makes it hard to tell the difference. Some of the above photos are polished brass and some are antique polished brass.
Most of the above faucets come in polished brass and antique polished brass finishes.
The above photos are more clear pictures of antique polished brass. The "rubbed in" black mutes the gold.
Another key search for gold plumbing fixtures is "champagne bronze". These fixtures are a softer gold without the antique look. Because it is categorized as "bronze", if you only search keywords or filters such as "gold" or "brass" you will miss these beauties.
Copper can finish can look "antiqued" and muted, or it can look newer and more vibrant. Think of the difference of a brand new copper penny and an old copper penny. Brighter copper fixtures will have the look of a new penny and antique copper fixtures will have the look of a used one.
The bronze and oil rubbed bronze finish is a classic finish that, in my opinion, will stay tried and true. Oil rubbed bronze is more popular in local stores than bronze or antique bronze. The oil-rubbed bronze look is pretty self explanatory... a bronze color with black rubbed into the finish. In the height of the trend, many home improvement stores saturated their stores with "ORB" options. If you pay attention, these fixtures are more black with flecks of bronze. Since the predominantly black oil-rubbed bronze fixtures are easy to find, the above shopping guide showcases you where to find the fixtures that are predominantly bronze.