Living Finishes

Posted by Tammy Newhof on

The Tyranny Of Choice

A multitude of options is often more inhibiting than liberating. That is certainly the case in the realm of cabinet hardware. With a litany of categories to wade through—color, material, finish, style—it’s a wonder anyone can reach a consensus.
With the ambition of relieving some of this stress in the forefront of my mind, I want to call attention to a particular finish—or rather the lack of—which has garnered my affection: Living finishes. Allow me to elucidate.

The Living Finish

This term refers to any metal—with the exception of stainless steel—that is un-sealed. As antithetical as it sounds, the lack of finish on the metal leads to its desired finish. This natural appearance is frequently applied to copper, brass, bronze, or

An organic patina develops as the metal comes into contact with environmental factors. Everything from humidity and air salinity to time and repeated touching can affect the appearance of the metal. Thus the term “living” accurately describes the nature of this finish. With innumerable factors at work on the metal–it seems to have a life of its

The maintenance required to care for this finish is minimal. Occasional cleaning with soap and water is recommended. Optional care includes applying a wax to extend the life of a favorite stage in the patina. The wax should be re-applied every 3 to 6 months. If the finish is undesirable, a copper or brass cleaner will reset the process, allowing a new patina to develop.

The Appeal

Cabinet hardware that possesses a living finish is incredibly versatile in appearance. It can change with the times—literally. With a dash of polish, it fits into any bright brass trend. Forego the polish; the hardware transforms into the pinnacle of “antique” metal. With this type of finish, I dare say compromise is unnecessary.

Beyond the aesthetically pleasing nature of this type of hardware is its unparalleled durability. Hardware shouldn’t need coddling; this is no exception. Made from 100% genuine metals, the living finish options curated at Windborne Studios are sure to handle everyday wear.

The Bridge 232 would be a stunning addition to custom fridge doors. Paired with the Bridge 132 as pulls on cabinets, this combination would be an elegant touch in a kitchen. Explore more living finishes and view the rest of Windborne’s collection click here.




   Tammy Newhof is the founder and designer of Windborne Studios. Constantly searching for fresh inspiration and quality materials, Tammy’s eye for brilliant design and lively combinations keep Windborne Studios a leader in the industry.

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