"Brass is a symbol of good taste," as quoted by Coco Chanel. This is why when it comes to choosing cabinet handles for your home, one of the most popular choices is brass.
Solid Brass vs. Brass-Plated Cabinet Handles: What's the Difference?
Here in Magnificent, we sell two types of brass cabinet handles: solid brass and brass plated. One of the common questions we hear is, which one should you choose for your home?
Solid brass handles are made entirely out of brass, which means that the entire handle is brass through and through. On the other hand, brass-plated handles have a layer of brass finish over a base material like zinc alloy or steel. The main difference is in the durability and lifespan of the handle. Solid brass handles will not tarnish over time – they can be compared to wine, which only gets better with age. Meanwhile, the brass plating of brass finished handles can wear off after years of use.
Solid brass handles are typically more expensive than brass-plated handles due to the higher cost of raw materials and production. When choosing your drawer handles, it's important to consider the not only the price, but also the durability, design, and style. While brass-plated handles can be a more cost-effective option, solid brass handles offer greater value in the long run due to its longevity.
Brass as A Timeless Design
Choosing brass is always elegant for any drawers, cupboard or kitchen cabinets due to its versatility. They can work well in any form of design, from traditional to modern.
If you’re eyeing a more modern look, consider pairing brass handles with lighter colored cabinets. Choose also handles that have clean line design and geometric shapes, so that it can easily achieve a contemporary feel.
For a more classic look, consider pairing brass handles with dark wood cabinets or furniture. This, combined with other traditional design elements, such as ornate moldings or antique furniture pieces, creates a sense of richness and sophistication.
Shop our extensive collection of brass handles – available in polished brass, brass plated or satin gold finish.