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Bathroom Faucet Finishes 101

Bathroom Faucet Finishes 101

Homeowners now have more options than ever when it comes to finishes for their bathroom fixtures.  The finish not only affects the appearance of the fixtures, but can also make a big difference in costs, durability, and maintenance. Here is a quick overview of all of the popular finishes you will find on bathroom fixtures:

Polished Brass

The shiny gold color of polished brass makes it look great in traditional bathrooms.

  • Pros: Durable; matches well with other accessories
  • Cons: More expensive than many other finishes

Satin Brass

Satin brass has the traditional appearance of polished brass without as much shine.  This makes it subtler and very classy.

  • Pros: Nice color without being overwhelming; doesn’t show water spots or fingerprints
  • Cons: Not as many options; more expensive; hard to match with accessories

Oil-Rubbed Bronze

The dark color of oil-rubbed bronze is great for old-world style bathrooms.  It has a very classic feel.

  • Pros: Timeless style; durable; easy to clean, many options; easy to match with accessories
  • Cons: Can be pricier than other finishes

Satin Bronze

Unlike oil-rubbed bronze which is very dark, satin bronze has a soft, golden color.  It still has an old-world feel but can work with more styles.

  • Pros: Works with many styles; easy to clean; doesn’t show water spots or fingerprints
  • Cons: Pricier options; hard to match with other accessories


Copper finishes make a really bold statement and the fixtures can be focal points of the bathroom.  Copper generally comes in polished and antique finishes.

  • Pros: Very bold appearance; antibacterial properties
  • Cons: Requires more maintenance; not as durable as other finishes; hard to match with other fixtures; not as many options

Polished Nickel

Polished nickel is very shiny and looks great against white countertops and sinks.  It is versatile and will work with just about any style.

  • Pros: Timeless style; easy to clean; very durable
  • Cons: Pricier; not as many options

Brushed Nickel

Brushed nickel is the most practical choice for bathroom fixtures, but it still looks beautiful.

  • Pros: One of most durable finishes; doesn’t show water spots or fingerprints; easy to clean; easy to match with other accessories; affordable
  • Cons: Not as bold of style


This is one of the most popular finishes because it works well with all styles, especially modern bathrooms.

  • Pros: Versatile; many very affordable options; easy to clean; easy to match with other accessories
  • Cons: Shows water spots and fingerprints

Need guidance on choosing the right finish for your bathroom fixtures?

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