For sinks and lighting in bathrooms- oil rubbed bronze or brushed nick
tallize
September 5, 2013
What is the better choice in general? I am building a house so I can pick tile and cabinets that go well with either.
Oil rubbed bronze
Brushed nickel
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Ann
I chose ORB in my house 8 years ago and I love it, but it's 50/50. Both are great choices. Which appeals to you the most?
    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 7:35PM
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tamrenner
i prefer chrome! i know a few ppl, my next door neighbor being one, used brushed nickel and its already wearing off. she uses natural cleaners through her house, and its only 1 1/2 years old!
    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 7:39PM
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Darzy
I too vote chrome. It's pretty timeless.
    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 7:41PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Chrome is my favorite, tho I certainly voted for the brushed nickel instead of ORB.
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auntiebuzzybee
FOR DURABILITY, BRUSHED NICKEL, FOR SURE! ORB FALLS APART.

I can tell you that I am renovating my bathroom and trying to get it back to the age appropriate 1953. That means chrome BUT a very good contractor has told me the places he has been have their chrome peeling and chipping. This is the new shiny stuff, not the old 1950s that he is referring to. SO, even though I want the mid century look, I also do not want to have to be redoing and replacing defective products with more labor costs. I have brushed nickel in there now. I think it is dark looking but it has not given me any problems. I will tell you that it is on average 33% more expensive than chrome because it is not "coated". It certainly is more expensive though. I am replacing with stainless and polished nickel because they are "brighter" without being "coated" as I understand it. If I have to choose only between chrome and brushed nickel, I am paying the extra and going with the real thing, the brushed nickel. We can only hope at this point.

In another bathroom, we had to have an oval shaped 'safety bar" in oil rubbed bronze taken down off the wall and powdercoat painted by an autobody shop. The oil rubbed bronze started dropping pieces off into the shower..."WHAAAAT?" And the shape of the safety bar left screw holes in the tile we could not match up to any other one we could find . So, we are hoping auto paint will work!!!
    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 9:37PM
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