Chrome Vs. Nickel Finishes

Chrome and nickel finishes look very Differences between chrome and nickel similar, but upon close examination, one will find notable differences in three categories that are important to consider for your cabinet hardware or plumbing fixtures.

Finish:  Nickel tends to have more of a soft, warm finish.  Chrome will have a cooler and brighter finish.  You can typically find brushed and polished options in both finishes.

Cost:  Chrome will usually be more cost-effective than nickel.

Maintenance:  Chrome is a durable, low maintenance finish. There are two types of nickel finishes, PVD and silver nickel. The more commonly used nickel, PVD, has been available for decades now and is low maintenance.   Silver nickel is considered a “living finish” and is a luxury finish, with rich subtle color that needs to be cleaned with care.


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