Traditionally tapware and bathroom accessories were predominately in a polished chrome finish. However, in more recent years there has been a significant increase in different colours and finishes available for bathroom and hardware accessories. However each tapware or accessory supplier/brand has specific colours and in some cases unique colour names which can make the choosing and matching of accessories quite overwhelming.
When comparing finishes between various brands you might wonder why there are differences in the colour even though the name is the same, there are several reasons for this as listed below:
Process: There is three main processes for colouring metal being powder coating, electroplating and PVD (Physical Vapour Disposition) and each of these will produce a different colour/finish
Base Material: Even if two parts are put through the exactly same process together, if the base material is difference it will result in a different colour. Most taps are made from brass whereas most heated towel rails are made from stainless steel
Finish/Clear Coat: Most Electroplating and PVD finishes will have a clear protective coating applied which can also change the look of the overall finish depending on if the clear coat is a matt, satin or gloss coat
Batch: There are many external factors (such as climate) that can contribute to slight differences between batches even if the colour and process is kept consistent
Direction & Depth of Brushing: With a brushed finish, the depth and the direction of the brushing can make the finish look significantly different as it affects how the light caught and reflected
We have put together the below descriptions and images which will help to show how the Thermorail Brushed Nickel, Brushed Brass and Brushed Gold finishes match with other finishes on the market.
A gun metal finish is dark grey colour which can sometimes have subtle black, blue or silver undertones. While gun metal is a dark colour and pairs well as a contrast with lighter tiles or vanity, it is softer and not so harsh as a matt black finish. The appearance of gunmetal can vary depending on lighting conditions. In bright light, it may appear more silver or metallic, while in dim or shadowy environments, it can appear darker and more charcoal-like.
Thermorail Gun Metal compared with other Gun Metal Finishes
Thermorail Gun Metal matches best with Par Taps and Caroma Urbane II Gunmetal. While the Thermorail Gun Metal is slightly lighter than the Nero Tapware & Streamline Gun Metal this still tones is quite nicely.
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