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Posted 1/28/2013 by Long ago Barney in NSBR Board

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:26:37 PM
Do you think the oil rubbed bronze is a trend (actually what isn't?) and is it on its way out or solid right now. Thx!!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:46:55 PM
Trend and on its way out **unless** you live in a very particular type of home - Craftsman home, lots of warm natural wood, etc.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:48:17 PM
Are you thinking of changing your kitchen or bath faucets? What about the knobs and pulls in that room? Will they be changed also? I have heard that the oil rubbed bronze finish wears off.

I'm putting in a new kitchen and have sort of painted myself into a corner, as it were, by buying my knobs/pulls by Allen + Roth in that finish. Which pretty much says I'll be looking for a faucet set that matches.

ETA: I agree, the ORB popularity will be waning. Chrome is still the finish I see the most of at Home Depot and Lowe's. I'm rehabbing a 1903 building so I'm far removed from 'Craftsman'. I'll just have to be tragically out of date in a few years - probably by the time I get the project finished. : )

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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:54:51 PM
Oil rubbed bronze is still the main choice in several style homes. Depending on what style home you have, you could also choose a brushed chrome or a polished chrome.

I'm in the middle of a remodel and am using espresso cabinets, honed limestone counters and oil rubbed bronze faucets. I'm using a very contemporary crackled glass strip bordering honed limestone wall tiles.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:21:10 PM
I don't think ORB is as popular as it was a few years ago although is still fitting as others mentioned.

We did ORB window/door hardware, cab and drawer pulls some light fixtures and curtain rods. I did all chrome faucets...if we didn't, then the towel bars, etc would all be ORB too and I knew that would be too much for my taste! I love how ours look I don't think I'll get tired of either choice (they are more of a simple antique style so they probably looked dated when installed which was totally intentional...Haha)

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:08:37 PM
We did brushed nickle because we were hoping to out last trends. We got the classic silver color without the upkeep of chrome.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:43:31 AM
Everything is a trend at some point except plain old chrome which can be lovely, but sometimes is the choice as the least expensive finish. And yes, I know, it CAN be pricey. But typically, not.

I think that certain homes are idea for ORB, but sometimes it just looks out of place. And it is not just faucets that typically need to be changed in that room. Hardware all needs to be done, too, IMO.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:03:49 AM
We just put one in our kitchen, so I hope it's not on the way out! All our hardware and receptacle covers are ORB, so it works in the room. It blends well with the other colors in the kitchen. I love our pretty new faucet too.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:28:14 AM
I agree that everything is a "trend" at some point and styles come and go.

We just installed a black granite sink and ORB faucet in our kitchen. The kitchen has what I would describe as "golden oak" colored cabinets. I can't afford to replace the cabinets, but wanted to tone-down the yellow-tone of the wood. (It doesn't help that the previous owners painted the kitchen yellow - ugh).

We also changed the cabinet pulls and are looking for a new ceiling lighting fixture. We didn't have to replace the cabinet hinges because the are the hidden-style, but I would have changed those if I had too.

The half-bath on the main floor is right around the corner from the kitchen/dining (and has cabinets that match the kitchen), so I'm changing it to ORB, too. That means a new faucet, lighting fixture, cabinet knobs that match the kitchen, towel bar, toilet paper holder and toilet flushing knob.

I should add that we have no intention of moving from this house for *at least* ten years, probably more. It we need to update at that point to sell the house in ten or more years, then I'm good with that.

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