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Trends in Hardware and Finishes

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Q: I’ve seen and love the new mid-century-styled brass in your store and want to update the hardware in our kitchen, but I’m hesitating because I don’t know if it’s okay to mix metal colors and finishes in the same room.

A: Designers and homeowners have moved away from the more traditional approach of matching all hardware colors and finishes in a living space. Imagine your mid-century-styled brass pulls complemented by a combination black and brass knob, while your faucet is polished nickel. Some suggest limiting the number of metals to two or three in a particular space, but honestly, there really aren’t any rules. All you need to know is that this trend of mixed metals is HOT and not going anywhere for a long while. If you find yourself still hesitating, snap some pics of what you have and come by the store; our designers will help you find the perfect combination.

Q: A friend is building a new home and has chosen a “living finish” for her front entry door. Could you explain why it’s called a living finish?

A: A living finish is any non-lacquered, unprotected finish that changes color, or patina, over time due to oxidation of the metal from the air, exposure to the weather and the natural oils on your hands. Over time, the look is natural and literally one-of-a-kind, since no two pieces will ever patina the same. An unprotected door handle made of bronze, brass or copper will age beautifully. Living finishes are cleaned and cared for by applying a mild furniture wax and buffed with a soft cloth. Traditional lacquered products can be cleaned with mild soap.


Locks and Pulls owner Adam Hensley believes hardware shouldn’t be hard. With so many options to express personal style and make an artistic statement, hardware is truly fun. Both locations offer over 1,500 cabinet knobs and pulls and more than 50 door hardware options, most of which are in stock. Plus, there are over 20,000 additional items available for order from over 250 manufacturers around the world.
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