Brushed nickel and stainless steel often look very similar, but the difference is in their underlying tone: brushed nickel tends to have a golden or brownish tint while stainless steel has a faintly blue tone.
Brushed nickel, on the other hand, has a natural yellow (or whitish) appearance. This slight yellow hue is often seen as a warmer color than chrome's blue. Varieties of Brushed nickel fixtures often come with a wider variety of finishes than brushed chrome.
Satin Nickel is in the same color family as Polished Nickel and Stainless Steel, it is a warm toned silver but with a brushed finish that will complement stainless steel appliances and most silver fixtures.
Delta's Polished Nickel also has warm undertones of pale gold, whereas Brushed Nickel has cooler silver tones throughout.
Chrome plating gives metal a slightly blue tint, while nickel has a natural yellow or white shine. While both are cool colors, brushed nickel appears warmer, mainly due to its toned-down textured quality. Therefore, if your design plan includes a bright, modern look, cooler chrome might be a better bet.
Brushed nickel is more of a subtle, softer looking finish. It has a slightly brushed appearance with a semi-satin finish. Some customers think of a brushed nickel finish as looking more like stainless steel and, therefore, it can tie in with stainless steel kitchen appliances very nicely.
The main difference between brushed nickel and satin nickel is the type of plating or finish, which can be achieved. Satin nickel usually uses an electrolysis process while brushed nickel uses an intricate brushing process.
Stainless steel is a classic choice for hardware and fittings because it complements most home styles. Brushed nickel and stainless steel often look very similar, but the difference is in their underlying tone: brushed nickel tends to have a golden or brownish tint while stainless steel has a faintly blue tone.
Silver Metals and Materials
One of the most popular silver metals is nickel, and it comes in many different variations.
Nickel: A silvery metal with a pale yellow tint, Nickel is ideal for those who enjoy the polished, bright look of chrome but desire a mellower appearance to a faucet. Brushed Nickel is a low-sheen metallic finish with a lined appearance that that blends easily into a wide range of decor styles.
While brushed nickel and brushed chrome share many of the same properties, including a textured finish, the major difference between the two is in the tinting of the metal itself. Chrome plating gives metal a slight blue shine. Often this tinge is seen as giving a sophisticated and cool look to the finished piece.
Brushed nickel has a semi-glossy finish due to the intricate brushing process whereas Stainless steel has a glossy metallic finish. The color of brushed nickel varies from silvery white to a warm or earthy tone yellow and the color of stainless steel is a metallic silver.
Don't Mix Two Metals in the Same Color Family
Mixing two metals that are in the same color family but have different undertones/sheens (for example, the combination of brushed nickel + chrome or the combination of shiny brass + brushed gold) is usually going to look like you tried to match your metals but failed.
Neutrals such as ivory, light brown and slate all work well with brushed nickel. Additionally, purple, lavender, plum and other cool colors help the nickel create a calm and relaxing environment.
What is the Most Popular Finish for Bathroom Faucets? As a general rule, brushed nickel OR chrome are the most popular finishes for bathroom fixtures including faucets and bathroom cabinet hardware. It is most common to see fixtures that are of the 'silver' family such as chrome, brushed nickel, and stainless steel.
You may be wondering if brushed nickel is going out of style. While it's not considered trendy anymore, it is a hardware finish that looks good in most spaces, is affordable and widely available.
Nickel is a chemical element with the symbol Ni and atomic number 28. It is a silvery-white lustrous metal with a slight golden tinge.
The difference between brushed and polished is simply that a product with a polished finish isn't treated to have a texture, the way brushed materials are. Polished nickel looks very similar to chrome, but when you place them side by side, you'll notice that polished nickel has a warmer tone than chrome.
In general, I wouldn't mix two metals in the same family, such as nickel and chrome, unless they're far apart in the space and/or you're also adding a warm-toned metal to the mix. Metals also come in a variety of sheens and finishes, including matte, satin, brushed, polished, oil-rubbed, aged, and antiqued.
Brushed nickel tends to be more expensive than chrome for faucets and fittings because the process use to manufacture it is more complex. To create brushed nickel, a metal brush is used to etch into the nickel finish, helping it to achieve its trademark matte shine and textured, rough surface.
Spotshield technology is a clear coating that is applied over the metal and is designed to help keep fixtures looking cleaner longer.
A Note About Brushed and Satin Finishes
These surface finishes do not show scratches and wear as easily while still providing a silver color.
In general Satin Nickel is considered the same as Brushed Nickel in appearance although the process and maintenance is different. Such finish will usually show smoother look and appearance with no visible sign of abrasions verses the Brushed Nickel which due to intricate brushing process may show abrasion finish.
Overall, the appearance is more lustrous, while satin nickel can appear dull compared to brushed nickel. However, if you want to take it a step up in the shine factor, consider the “Polished Nickel” finish. Polished nickel is commonly available from most brands in various fixtures.
Nickel plating is a very shiny metal, but the brushing removes any natural shine. Still, brushed nickel will be shinier than a satin nickel finish. ECF is able to create a brush pattern on both metal and plastic substrates.