Last week I enjoyed Las Vegas and Design and Construction Week. For the first time, the International Builder’s Show, Kitchen and Bath Show, and the Window Coverings Show were all together in the same place. I was particularly interested to see plumbing and lighting finish trends. Kichler introduced a line of copper lighting that was quite attractive.
While Danze had copper faucets on display.
Two years ago at the show, I started seeing more brass again. But it was antiqued, more of a bronze. This year, however, several (I saw 4 or 5) manufacturers had brass in their line, both polished and antique. These faucets from Kohler were a bit of a surprise, in both polished and antique brass. They also had a 24 karat gold plated finish that really gleamed!
Overall, I would say the finishes are warming up. I also saw more polished nickel (warm grey) in both plumbing and lighting. For lighting, oil rubbed bronze works well for the current industrial look in fixtures. Still plenty of lighting and faucets in oil rubbed bronze but the overall style of lighting fixtures is moving towards a more simple line. The blackened bronze fixture that might have had decorative scroll work a few years ago now is just gently curved.