Brass Finishes – Which is your Favourite?
The wonderful thing about brass is that it supports a number of different finishes. Whether you are interested in a subdued aged appearance, or something bright and polished, there is always a brass look that will complement your kitchen ambience.
So let’s go through your options:
1. Polished Brass
If you’re seeking the modern and upbeat look for your kitchen, then the bright, reflective qualities of a polished brass splashback may well suit your design. Polished brass is highly reflective, making the most of your kitchen lighting scheme and providing enhanced illumination for your countertops.
2. Brushed Brass
A brushed brass splashback is almost like a midway point in brass finishes. This is an effect created by brushing the brass in a single direction.The brush effect mutes the tone of the brass slightly and turns it in the direction of a matte finish but not to the extent that an antique or aged finish does. Brushed brass is easy to look after because fingerprints and smudges are easily cleaned off with a damp cloth.
3. Antique Brass
What better way of enhancing antique effect cabinetry and an “olde worlde” style than with a beautiful antique brass splashback? The antique effect is the most muted of the brass finishes and is sometimes known as aged brass. The effect is achieved through a chemical darkening process. The brass becomes a medium brown colour underscored by some warm golden tones.
4. Unlacquered Brass
Unlacquered brass is deliberately left without a protective coating to achieve what is known as a “living finish.” The appearance of the brass alters over time as it develops a warm patina. When a splashback is left like this it is known as an oxidised brass splashback. Fans of untreated brass enjoy the way it slowly evolves and changes over time. Allowing untreated brass to oxidise is reversible with a good clean and polish so if you are considering it then you have nothing to lose by experimenting.