What is the distinction between polished nickel, chrome, pewter, brushed nickel, satin nickel and stainless-steel? (We received you)

by Editorial Team

Q: What’s the distinction between polished nickel, chrome, pewter, brushed nickel, satin nickel and stainless-steel?

A: I’m so glad you requested. Silver is having an actual second this yr (see all my development predictions right here), and there are such a lot of methods to include it into your private home. Once we discuss “silvers” in interiors, we’re speaking about polished nickel, chrome, pewter, brushed nickel, and stainless-steel–however, in fact, in case you have precise silver mendacity round, I assuuummeee (pray!) you have already got it on full show.

This put up is extra about anybody that’s searching for a substitute for brass/gold every little thing. And because it could possibly be tough to inform the distinction between all of the silver-looking finishes on the market, I assumed I’d break it down.

Polished nickel meets stainless-steel in our kitchen sink.

Sink | Faucet

Polished nickel has a heat undertone. Because of this it pairs very well with brass. If you have already got plenty of brass, and also you’re prepared to begin mixing metals, begin with polished nickel. Virtually the entire taps in our home proper now are polished nickel. It would patina as a result of it’s a dwelling metallic. It’s going to get fingerprints on it, and I believe that’s type of the fantastic thing about it. There are some polished nickel merchandise which are sealed in the event you’re feeling fussy about it.

There’s a reasonably chrome pedestal beneath the powder room sink.

Sink High | Sink Base | Mirror (classic) | Wallpaper | Faucet | Hand Cleaning soap

Chrome can also be a “shiny silver,” however it has a cool undertone. It’s quite a bit simpler to wash and maintain shiny. Folks use this for kitchen taps as a result of it’s straightforward to keep up — it’s straightforward to wash, it’s sturdy, and it appears smooth.

Pewter is a metallic alloy, which implies it’s a mix of a number of forms of metallic—normally tin, copper, and antimony. The look (whether or not actual pewter or not) could be very historic. It appears aged and pitted, vintage. This silver is extra grey. Pewter is one other dwelling end that brings plenty of character, proper off the bat. You’re going to see this in additional rustic handles, door-knockers, candlesticks, and latches. We see pewter in plates (so fairly they could possibly be wall-hangings) and in image frames.

Polished nickel is cozying proper as much as brass within the mudroom temper board.

Mudroom Sources

Satin nickel has a softer matte, whereas brushed nickel is barely textured. Brushed nickel is what you may discover on the ironmongery store, and satin nickel is likely to be one thing you’d discover in a house retailer. Will probably be a bit pricier, and it’s hotter in tone. Satin and brushed nickel are nice for showerheads as a result of there’s much less threat of pesky waterspots. It’s additionally good for doorknobs — no fingerprints.

Stainless-steel is a muted silver with a matte undertone. We see this largely in plumbing fixtures, kitchen sinks, and equipment covers. You too can get different fixtures in stainless. We love working with stainless-steel as a result of it’s budget-friendly and simple to keep up. It appears much like brushed nickel, however it’s cooler in tone. Warning: It tarnishes to a matte grey.

Right here’s extra on how we blended metals in our kitchen.

And right here’s how one can combine metals in all places.

  1. Chrome Frey Hook $29
  2. Nickel Curved Metallic Bell Wire Pendant $145
  3. Classic Mirror Subway Tile $28.99/sq. ft.
  4. Polished Nickel Totie Desk Lamp $479
  5. Polished Nickel Vernon Bin Pull $16
  6. Silver Leaf Nova Wooden Wall Mirror $1,015
  7. Stainless Metal Flatware Set $208
  8. Cromwell Silver Vainness Tray $85
  9. Silver Serving Bucket $199
  10. Vibrant Polished Nickel Bathe Head $131
  11. Daphne Taper Holder $49
  12. Vibrant Polished Nickel Sink Faucet $632

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