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Jun 09, 2012, 07:25 PM
Brushed nickel or rubbed bronze when decorating?
So, we really need to replace our light and fan fixtures in the house we've been in for a year Smile Knowing that we will likely sell the home in 5 years (if that counts), I am conflicted as to whether to go with rubbed bronze or brushed nickel. Some of our furnishings are more modern, the dining room is more traditional (right now).... so I'm at a loss as to what to put up in our spaces.... any suggestions? We're looking at the Home Depot Altura ceiling fan for our great room with 17 foot ceilings, so I guess that is our jumping off point. Attached to that is a kitchen with maple cabinets/dark granite/stainless steel. I wish there was a chart out there I could fill out and get the answers, so far I haven't found it Smile
Jun 09, 2012, 09:05 PM
Oh boy, this is such a personal choice. If most of your furnishings and the home seems more modern, then I'd go with the brushed nickel. I, personally, love the ORB because of the warmth and cozy feeling it gives. I recently did a client's condo with the brushed nickel simply because this was her personal style. If I'm doing one of the large, more rustic or traditional homes here in the Austin area, I do tend to use the ORB or iron. Whatever fits the feel of the house is best. If you put ORB in a modern, airy loft it would probably look silly, and same goes for brushed nickel in some of the Texas ranch styles I do here.
Not sure that helps, but it's one person's opinion.
Jun 11, 2012, 09:28 AM
Since your ceiling fan is up so high, away from other things and not an easy replacement, I would probably opt for the rubbed bronze? Love the nickel on many applications, but the darker/RB may be more timeless.

What finish is on your door's hardware, and common to most of your furnishings? It really does not have to all match, it is like different shades/varieties of wood furnishings....the color/tones all tend to blend if the style blends.
Jun 11, 2012, 09:05 PM
ML, I agree with the previous comments. The brushed nickel might be considered more contemporary but it's o.k. to mix metals, if you like it.

WRT the potential home sale in 5 years, I would purchase the fixtures/metals I absolutely love now and not worry about the sale. In fact, if I spent a little more on these items, I'd probably plan to take them along with me to my next home. (Obviously, that would only apply to basic items, e.g. the ceiling fan, d.r. chandelier, etc. That is, items that you can easily reuse in your next home.)

That way, if styles/metals have changed (again) in 5 years, you can replace those fixtures with basic, inexpensive items before you show the house. OTOH, if your tastes change in 5 years and the fixtures still work in your home, you may leave them behind.


BTW, would love to see some photos, if you have a chance!

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Jun 12, 2012, 12:54 PM
Charles D
Recently replaced every door knob and hinge set in our new condo.(not cheap). Went with ORB and am now very sorry. IMHO, ORB is too dark against white/ off white. I look at the doors and all I see are black polka dots.

I understand you are talking about ceiling fans and not door hardware, but my experience taught me that the background color is just as important as current trend. I might have liked my ORB choice if it were against natural wood or a color.

For me, a silver finish looks softer against off white.So for future reference I will be considering the background first.

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Jun 12, 2012, 06:26 PM
Gee, maybe that's why brass has been a standard for years and apparently, is coming back. Brass on my house with natural molding, brass on my house with white molding.
Jun 13, 2012, 02:36 AM
In your case I would opt for rubbed bronze.
Jun 13, 2012, 01:02 PM
Charles D
If you are more concerned with the "saleability" than your personal taste, try to keep the different finishes down to a minimum. Match the lighting and the ceiling fans to your doorknobs. Afterall your furniture is no longer relevant once you move.
Jun 15, 2012, 05:01 PM
Last winter, I was looking at some model homes w/friends and they had mixed metal; I'd go for what you personally like.
Jun 02, 2013, 10:13 AM
Froo Froo
I am a fan of mixing metals and many fixture manufacturers offer them for practical reasons, It saves the homeowner from changing out every piece of metal in kitchens and baths while marrying the old with the new.

FYI, I have an ORB kitchen faucet that is about 9 yrs. old and the finish is wearing noticeably. IMHO chrome is timeless though matte cousins can compliment certain colors and finishes better.